Simply put, the nCycle is unlike any bicycle – or electric bike – we've ever seen. Most e-bikes just add a motor to a sturdy but conventional bike. The nCycle takes the concept further, with a design that is both futuristic and functional.
This is a two-wheeler for the smartphone generation. Headlights are integrated into the handlebars and double as speakers. Both are powered by the onboard battery, and the speakers are Bluetooth compatible.The frame has a hidden storage area with a drop-down pocket to hold a laptop or tablet. And the entire bike folds in half at the mid-line, another unusual feature for an e-bike.
Like conventional e-bikes, the electric motor is just behind the pedals. Unlike conventional e-bikes, nCycle hides the battery inside the body shell, which the company claims provides substantial cooling, increasing performance and battery life.
The handlebar design is revolutionary. The looped shape eliminates the need to carry around a lock. Hidden steel tubes that extend to wrap around a pole or city bike-stand. Just pull the tube from one handle and click it into the other to lock the nCycle with the same key that starts the motor. There are some functions that we find on regular bikes, since the handlebars are adjustable, as is the seat.
Also unlike most e-bikes, the nCycle hasn't been created by a company in the transportation business. It's the product of the graphic design company Behance, headquartered in NYC's trendy Soho district.
So how much does this e-bike concept cost? Behance isn't saying, since this is more design concept than anything else. Behance figures that such revolutionary design features could be a premium of $4,000, more or less, above a conventional e-bike.