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KerVelo leaning trike skips the chain, transforms into recumbent bicycle

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Coming out of Norway, the KerVelo simplifies the recumbent bike concept and gives it a unique cargo trike option all from the same frame.

The KerVelo is driven directly at the front wheel by incorporating the pedals directly into the hub, but still has up to 18 gears. Around the hub is an oversized disc brake rotor, plus two more standard brake rotors at the rear. A locking mechanism keeps it fixed upright or released to lean into turns like a traditional bike. When you don’t need as much cargo capacity, swap the rear end for the single wheel section and it becomes a recumbent. Check the video and more below…

If the idea of steering the front wheel while pedaling seems odd, just remember, you probably did it as a kid on your Big Wheel. The difference here is you have gears. And traction.

The project is on Kickstarter looking to raise about $50,000 to cover the first two production runs. They’ve partnered with Cyfac and others to make the chromoly steel frame and parts.

KerVelo-Bike.com

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a pedant
a pedant
7 years ago

“swap the rear end for the single wheel section and it becomes a recumbent”:
It is a recumbent whether it has two or three wheels. (Though as recumbents go it is very upright, bordering on crank-forward territory.)

elitist comment
elitist comment
7 years ago

Also converts to multi speed unicycle.

jlg
jlg
7 years ago

Very interesting product.
It’s look like a Pinion gearbox in the front wheel… very smart.
It is not on my budget right now but i am looking forward seeing review from future customers.

JBikes
JBikes
7 years ago

How long will it take Ventoso to cut his leg on those spinning blades! And right near where you pedal!!!

jlg
jlg
7 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

I don’t think you can cut yourself with the rotor, it is not sharp and the pressure you can apply will be low… but get burn might be possible.

Dan N.
Dan N.
7 years ago

Very creative!

Ben Hudson
7 years ago

“Kervelo”? Good luck.

Reformed Roadie
Reformed Roadie
7 years ago

Recumbent Trikes and E-bikes…I thought this was BIKE rumor.

jlg
jlg
7 years ago

I don’t see rumor either, you must be really disappointed πŸ˜‰

Philip Ken Freeman Phil.
Philip Ken Freeman Phil.
3 years ago

I have been biking for close to 60 years , this is the best new bike I have seen. I ride feet first too.

Gary
Gary
3 years ago

About 56 years of bike enthusiast for me and I agree, this is most significant concept change for optimizing efficiency and endurance.
I don’t comprehend this as evolving for mountain biking but I’m visualizing myself doing a coast to coast pavement ride with the trike rear end.

Mathias
Mathias
3 months ago
Reply to  Gary

Planetary gear has got poor efficiency so without electric assist this bicycle will bee tiresome in daily use.

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