Cityspeed by Michael Young



Industrial designer Michael Young has designed Cityspeed, an urban bike for Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer Giant.


The bike features LED headlights and tail lights integrated into the frame.


This is the second collaborative project between Young and Giant after the Citystorm range, which was released in Japan last year.


Giant, the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the world, will officially launch Cityspeed in Tokyo in October.





Posted on Friday August 15th 2008 at 2:22 am by Rob Ong. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • RK

    Is it just the angle or is that tail light pointed straight at the paddy rack?

  • Lovely, but the rear fender needs to come all the way down to the bottom bracket, otherwise your calves will still get soaked and dirty on a rainy commute.

  • MKK

    Nice work putting the rear LED’s directly behind the bike rack.
    *rolls eyes*

    Couriers have far more ‘beautiful’ AND functional bikes than these ones…

  • atomant

    What the hell is this!?? It’s trying to be a road bike but at the same time trying to be a mtb?? And WHY THE HELL would a bike need to have disk brakes if it’s for city use???

  • League Against Lycra

    Nice, sedate, elegant, considered. Best ride i’ve seen in ages. mind you i want a chain guard so my cricket trousers don’t get dirty.

    Has Michael ever designed any bicycle clips?

  • Yeap! That’s nice bike. And – for this time – real citybike. I would buy it :-)

  • Hahahaha. Sorry for being pedant, but just one detail: backlight in this bike is not visible at all – that’s usability failure.

  • B

    nice detailing
    and if it is affordable like other bikes from the brand a very good job.
    (lets hope they don’t market it to the “design segment”
    but ehm
    what if you carry luggage on the back (sort of what your suggesting you can do with a rack) doesn’t it block your rear light?

  • Vasey

    The rear light does align with the rack, but it looks adjustable to me. Blame the photographer?!

  • cpcp

    what a waste of money and effort.
    couriers and regular cyclists will tell you straight away this is poor.
    no adjustment in handlebar height, pointless disk brakes, bolt on wheels (it looks like on the front but i really hope not), ridiculous placement of lights, and lots of other heavy features.

    you’ll only sell this to yuppies who want to look like they cycle.
    but maybe thats the point

  • omar

    the headlight in the stem / handle bar is a nice feature,

    and for the rear light – who cares if a bag will obstruct it. you could still put a lamp under the saddle, but incoperating the back light into seat clamp is a new feature that can only add to saftey….

  • omar

    how the hell do they make that top tube?? with a change in section?

  • cpcp

    Omar – my guess is hydrostatic forming

  • fergus

    there are a few interesting bits but overall its very dissapointing. there are so may better designed bikes out there. biomega, kronan, abici to name but a few all make far more interesting bikes

  • Falasteen

    Errr..I’m not an expert like some of the erudite contributers who have written before me, but isn’t criticizing the placement of the back light a bit like someone criticizing the placement of the sun behind the moon? I would imagine a designer of MY’s standing will have this one covered so wait till you see it in 3-d folks. Anyway, it looks rather nice to me, and it’ll match my gold lame shorts and aniline leather chaps too.

  • JuiceMajor²

    I want one!! What’s the retail price?

  • jay

    About the light… wouldn’t it be easily visible from a car/van drivers persective, unless there is luggage… but who carries luggage on the back of a bike anyway?!

  • Nice, elegant, understated- would like to know more about the top tube design

  • zuy

    good job except the rear light…as citybiking is very dangerous

  • jdirt

    i can appreciate integrating lights into the overall design…not thrilled if they’re on parts that I might want to change to fit my riding posture. looks like the tail light is a separate part from the stem clamp…should be adjustable.

    would love to see a bicycle designer take a crack at a better solution for effectively locking the bike and wheels in a high-crime urban environment. if I didn’t have to carry around a u-lock ever again, i’d be a happy rider.

  • olgv.

    hmh .. it’s not my style, I don’t like it very much, it’s not a city bike neither a mountain bike … I prefer more one or another … but the details are excellent .

    I’m more a fan of PUMA BIKE, that one developed by BIOMEGA

  • perpert

    some pretty lame comments as ever above , i am sure all will be explained well
    in due course . giant don ot put a bike like this out without a well considered
    market , and i can see it clearly , good design , good patents ( i can see 3 already )
    hi level engineering . this is not a skint couriers bike , you buy as seen if you can afford it

  • lecorbusier

    wow it’s a bike….

  • zuy

    @ olv
    i’m also fan of PUMA BIKE developed by BIOMEGA
    i could be interressing to say what is patented in this bike?
    @ jdirt
    sure the main pb in urban bike is to secure the bike …. and his life too against car !!!

  • Tyler

    I love the details, but overall I prefer Swobo and Cannondale G-Star as a design ;-)

  • Dunloppp

    This is a very uncomfortable bike. The saddle
    is a pain in the …. and the handle bar will result in
    back ache and two painfull arms…

    If the wheels are 28 inch, the paddy rack
    will be in the way when you swing your leg over,
    as it is curved upwards.

    In the city you need oversized tires and some
    other form of shock absorbtion.

    The combination of slim tubes in the back and oversized
    ones in the front front is a design mistake.

    Sorry I hate this bike…

  • ro

    I like some of the ideas her but I’m
    not convinced. i would not buy it, it’s ugly.
    it only has one break for front and rear?

    I just did a 1200mile bike tour, all the touring bikes all look old man.
    and i was not keen to buy any of them! I used a second hand cyclocross bike.

    I liked the lock integrated Puma bike, tho it’s not comparable as it does not have mud guards, these are bikes for different demographics.

    city biking is a lifestyle, i pick which issues i want my bike to solve and others i solve with what i wear (ie. rearlight)

    I saw the Ferrari bike in Rome at the end of my tour – nice and ridicules !

  • ro
  • cpcp

    perpert – 3 patents???????

    PLEASE inform me of the inventions on this bike, or any remotely novel, or remotely patentable features on this bike…

  • cpcp

    rear light:
    from what i can see here it is dual function, 1 as a rear light and 2 to secure the seat tube position/height. If this is the case it must therefore be connected to the frame; its position is fixed.
    correct me if i’m wrong

  • It´s a pitty that the rear light it´s not visible if you carrie something behind you.
    Don´t makes me wisper or dream for.

  • eduardo

    Is a lovely atractive bike, but I would like to know
    if they have different handles…
    One has to bend so low to ride it, it can be quite unconfortable after some time!

  • Anna Z

    The reason that urban riders want disc brakes is because they are reliable in the rain, whereas linear-pull brakes with pads against the rim walls are not reliable in wt conditions. That’s why mountain bikes have disc brakes (mud, streams etc). Urban riders on the East Coast and say Seattle like disc brakes. People in Southern California probably wouldn’t care so much. They are added weight, but not to an unreasonable degree.

    They are following the model of the much beloved Cannondale BadBoy on the disc brakes:

    This bike looks very nice, and is I think designed for a non-technical type of rider.

    The lights are sort of cool and cute. As noted by others the rear light is positioned wrong, especially if the rider were to use the provide rack, ha! They should have integrated to light into the rear of the rack. For a front light that led strip will function only to show drivers where you are or to keep fom getting a ticket from the police. Real commuting riders use something like this:

    which actually shows road conditions and terrain and is bright enough to SEE with.

    I give this bike a B minus.

  • sven borgs

    i saw some other geometries on the news part of
    which seem to show alternatives that answer many of the above points .. looks better than the one on this site to me ….especialy regarding the rear light which is pretty chic

  • Stacey

    this bike is pretty damn ugly and people are right, you do see better bikes built by couriers. Where I live couriers all look like Mad Max though, I don’t know if I’d want to take my design influences from them…

    also – Gold? It looks my grans Rover…

  • Jake

    the brake cable for the rear wheel runs through the wheel making it impossible to rotate

  • Arminator

    The designer of this thing obviously has never actually commuted with a bike. OMG.