Now in its second year, it’s almost time for the 2013 Taipei Cycle d&i awards to be presented at the Taipei Cycle show coming up on March 23. As an award winner in the bicycle category, the Dream Machine – the futuristic road bike pictured above created by the Italian design studio Johnny Mole Design, will be present to receive its award. Looking at the design website of Mole’s, you’ll see a number of different design projects both bike related and not, including a redesign of the venerable Selle Italia Flite saddle.
As far as concepts go, we wouldn’t say it exactly qualifies as radical at least from what we can see, but it certainly looks futuristic. In addition to the one piece fork/stem/bars with a location built in for a cycle computer, there is also an integrated water bottle in the down tube with an additional space to stash a battery for electronic drive trains, though this concept is built with a mechanical option.
More after the break.
Clearly, all of the cabling is fully internal making for a very clean look – though you gotta wonder what it would be like to re-cable the thing.
Hidden behind the front wheel are the disc brakes which feature carbon rotors modeled here by founder Johnny Moletta. Carbon rotors with FSA Logos? They look different than Kettle Cycles’ carbon offerings, so it will be interesting to see if these surface as an actual product in the near future. The bike was produced with help from 4 major partners including FSA, Vision, Selle Italia, and Vittoria – hence the Vision carbon aero disc wheels, Selle Italia Mono-Link saddle, and the Vision Metron drivetrain though the TT shifters have been replaced by standard SRAM Red road shifters.
From the front you have to ask, are Scott Drop-In style bars making a comeback? Though, the Scott bars weren’t one piece of carbon built into the fork…