Found: Stephan Henrich’s Infinity Bike re-imagines an All-Wheel Drive Bicycle

The Infinity Bike isn’t but a rideable bicycle, current solely as a 3D Printed mannequin, and naturally contained in the thoughts of its creator, Stephan Henrich. Considered by many because the pioneer of additive design, Stephan has launched to the world an all-wheel drive idea within the type of a seashore and metropolis cruiser. It facilities round what Stephan phrases a “continuous structural element”. 

Infinity Bike Concept

“The infinity seashore and metropolis cruiser is pushed by a revolutionary monotyre clip chain building that robotically varieties a short lived rim within the wheel space and a dented belt-drive within the inside space. This monotyre is propulsed by a central wheel getting its pressure by a crank over a brief chain and an 8-speed gearbox,’ explains Stephan Henrich.

stephan henrich all wheel drive infinity bicycle

Stephan says he’s but to come back throughout “any killer argument” that may current this design changing into a actuality – an precise rideable bicycle, conceding solely that it will require numerous funding. But, it appears he’s satisfied it might sooner or later turn into a sell-able product.

A central chain wheel, pushed by an offset backside bracket, if you’ll, drives the “tooth bed” on the inside of the rim space. A centrally positioned, mounted “frame” homes the chain wheel, with 4 linkage arms extending off this – two fore, and two aft. These present help for the belt drive, given the title “tyre guide rails”.

infinity bike 3d printed model stephan henrich

Stephan’s Infinity Bike Concept was given bodily type because of a 3D Printing expertise firm, Sintratec, who specialise in Selective Laser Sintering options.

I’ve a variety of questions, essentially the most urgent of which is, how on earth does it steer? Seems to me the design would forestall the entrance portion of what’s basically a unicycle, from transferring independently to its rear portion.

Stephan additionally imagines the Infinity Bike to have entrance and rear suspension, as demonstrated by the shock absorbers positioned. Each shock appears to be pushed by the decrease “swingarm”, which doubles up as a tyre information rail to offer the belt drive its construction. I’m no engineer, however it appears this component could be extra implementable than a steering component, requiring the drive belt to deform solely within the vertical aircraft. I shan’t hypothesize as to how the “front” and “rear” brakes work.

What are you ideas on this? Could or not it’s engineered right into a rideable bicycle? How a lot journey ought to it have? Should or not it’s an eBike? Should it have a kickstand? Rear rack? Dropper seat submit? Have at it within the feedback.

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