Mobility, Design & Fun
For a visitor from Japan, the first impression from China Cycle is the huge variety of bikes, trikes, e-bikes, scooters and other two- and three-wheeled vehicles. Japanese vehicle regulations make innovation difficult and expensive, forcing vehicles for Japan into tightly defined and familiar areas of the market.
Here are some products that caught my eye at the show, starting with folding e-bikes:
Complex tilt and steering mechanism mounted high over the wheels with outside stub axles, no pedals and an unusual battery layout: all focused on achieving a compact folding trike with reasonable sized wheels.
Next, a couple of award-winning micro-bikes, made in China but designed in Europe:
A conventional folding bike layout but with their own battery solution:
And some random folding e-bikes:
Not e-bikes, but new folding solutions from Dahon:
Not a folding bike: an all in on one e-drive and gearbox from Germany’s OECHSLER with a Gates carbon belt-drive:
Pininfarina had a good-sized stand to themselves, proposing a conventional e-bike under their own brand:
And a couple more design-oriented conventional bikes:
A different take on the Japanese mama-chari e-bike for parents:Not sure about the centre of gravity: you probably have to be careful about which order you load the bike with kids and shopping.
And some fun-looking e-bikes for the beach:
With few exceptions, none of these bikes can be imported to Japan as a “bicycle” or road legal vehicle. We are missing out on innovation and fun – and some real stimulus for designers and engineers in Japan to do something new for the Japanese market.