Alta One bike by Frost Produkt, Norway Says
and Bleed

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Industrial designers Frost Produkt, furniture designers Norway Says and graphic designers Bleed, all from Norway, collaborated to design the single-speed Alta One bike for city cycling.

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Originally intended as a limited edition of 50 bicycles in 2004, the design is now in production and comes in six colours and three sizes.

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Photos by Gaute Gjøl Dahle.

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The following text is from Frost Produkt:

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The Alta Bike was designed as a collaboration project between the Norwegian designers Bleed (Graphic Design), Norway Says (Furniture Design) and Frost Produkt (Industrial Design) in 2004. It was initially meant to be a project with a limited production of 50 bikes but Alta soon got so popular that it became the first serial production single speed bike on the marked. The initial idea behind the Alta Bike was to make a light, timeless, fast and durable bicycle that was designed for city use, in contrast to the mountain bikes mostly used in the cities at the time. The handlebar, The Alta Bike’s signature feature, is designed to give you the power needed to deal with hills and obstacles and the construction of the aluminium frame enhances the drive train efficiency.

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The Alta Bike has over the years it has been in production stayed true to its original concept with only a few altered parts and some new colours. The Alta Bike has been bought by the Norwegian National Museum as a part of their permanent collection.

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The Alta One bike is available in: Traffic Yellow, Bone White, Jet Black, St Peter Blue, Navy Gray, Apple Green and the sizes Small (50cm), Medium (54cm) and Large (58cm).

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  • modular

    Sorry, but there is nothing special about this bike in particular….

    Yet, there are some pretty interesting articles on “More cycling stories on Dezeen”.

  • http://miasto-masa-maszyna.blogspot.com miasto-maßa-maszyna

    what exactly makes this bike special?
    a logo?

  • http://www.session23design.com Michael

    Well done guys, it has colors.

  • Fish fingers

    err nice chain?

  • kristopher adams

    I don’t really get people’ scoffing about many bike designs published on this website. True they aren’t re-inventing the wheel (sorry) but in terms of details (details which enthusiasts would admire) they are full of them.

  • modular

    kristopher adams, true but… where do you see ‘special details’ on this bike design?

  • Michael A

    Can we judge this bicycle until one rides it? I think not. Sure, there is nothing special about the looks on this bike, but do you really want a ‘out there’ design on a bike for a transportation to and from work? Wouldn’t such bikes just be a target for bike theives? All i know is that it is a single speed, which is ideal for city riding (less hastle with repairs etc..), and that the geometry is simliar to the specialized langster which offers a more ‘comfortable’ ride compared to other track geometry.

    All in all, i DO understand why people are upset over all these companies releasing a trackbike or single speed bike. It is all the rage isn’t it. I think acne ( a jean company ) just did a collaboration with bianchi for a fixed gear. I think thats weird!

  • Michael A

    to add to my comment : More companies releasing these bikes = more hype on bikes = more people riding bikes = SAVING THE EARTH :)

  • huff

    the handlebars, the rear axle/frame square joint, front fork angles. full of nice subtle detail. how can you not see them modular?

  • modular

    huff, sorry but I’m not convinced. This is just “another bike”…

  • tommy

    it’s a fixed gear bike? what’s the point if there’s hills and stuff to climb?

    do everyday people ride bikes like track sprinters?

    looks nice but…

    stupidly impractical. i’d still take the bus…

  • WM

    I saw the detail on rear axle but no real innovation here. Its pretty tho

  • Tim Denning

    They made an ugly looking fixie – mould breaking work :-(

  • ste

    nice bike… not because of the look its more about subtle functional details like huff said… still there is great room for inventions in bike industry.. perhaps some should go more radical?!

  • SFU

    The Alta bike was designed and released in 2004 (if anyone reads the article, not only comment by looking at the photos), so much before any of the other single speed production bikes jumping on the trend the past years. Check out http://www.smartbike.com, the first inteligent city bicycle scheme designed by the same people behind the Alta Bike.

  • HppyRobot

    Well… The bike is pretty lite. I ride BMX and mine weight more. ):
    But I think the flanges on the hubs could be bigger and I don’t like how the welding is done. Maybe it’s because of the material of tubes… i dunno. It could be made more accurate. The drop-outs for rear hub looks interesting. :)

  • fredrik

    In my opinion, tis is a well designed bike with a few nice details. Not particularly innovative, but still cool.

    Single speeds are perhaps best for flat places like Denmark and the Netherlands.

    I have a single speed Strida bike with Belt drive myself. Single speeds are obviously inefficient in terms of speed. However they are very efficient in terms of less parts needing to be maintained.

    The gear mechanism is proably most vulnerable part of a typical bike. In my experience they constantly need to be fine tuned, don’t handle heavy pedaling in terrain at all, rust and break. The guided chain shifter is a hopeless peace of engineering, that has stayed basically unchanged in principle for too long. If there is one part that screams for some true innovation, it is the gear mechanism. Even the planetary internal hub gears are sub-optimal because of friction and low tolerance to high pedal forces and shaking.

    So, yes, taking away the gear fixes that problem, but it’s a step backwards in bicycle evolution isn’t it?
    If you like biking very slowly, and walking up hills its OK, hehe

    :)

  • Adrian

    Single speed or fixed gear is a really great option – particularly for commuters. I ride single speed everyday and if you choose the correct gearing even hills are not a problem.

    This is a nice bike – but why is it on Dezeen? Just because it was designed in Norway?

    "construction of the aluminium frame enhances the drive train efficiency"

    how does it do that more than reynolds steel or carbon?