Biomega launches KiBiSi-designed
NYC city bike

KiBiSi NYC / New York Biomega bicycle

Copenhagen urban cycling company Biomega has launched two versions of a city bike by Danish design supergroup KiBiSi with a glow-in-the-dark front fork and a mudguard integrated into the down tube.

KiBiSi NYC / New York Biomega bicycle

KiBiSi – the design group created by architect Bjarke Ingels, industrial designer Lars Larsen and design entrepreneur and Biomega founder Jens Martin Skibsted – based the NYC / New York city bike on Biomega's innovative CPH / Copenhagen design, but reengineered it to include functions that make commuting safer and more comfortable.

While the CPH design features an unusual drive-shaft instead of the typical chain, the NYC bike takes the chainless cycling concept in a different direction with its carbon fibre belt drive that transfers power to the rear wheel.

Originally designed in 2010, the NYC model features intelligent details such as gear and brake cables hidden inside the frame, which are used on Biomega's previous bikes and have helped establish the firm as a leading producer of functional and stylish city bikes.

It will be available to the public for the first time in two gear speed and eight gear speed versions this summer.

KiBiSi NYC / New York Biomega bicycle

"The NYC / New York Biomega bicycle is thought of as the heir to my CPH / Copenhagen Biomega bicycle: no, chain, no frills diamond frame," said Biomega founder and KiBiSi designer Jens Martin Skibsted.

"I can only think of a few classic bicycles where every detail has been so thoroughly designed. We simply put the bicycle back on the drawing board and detailed every bit of it all over again."

KiBiSi NYC / New York Biomega bicycle

Key features of the NYC design include an aluminium down tube with flanges on either side that create a built-in mudguard.

The front fork is treated with a glow-in-the-dark paint that absorbs light during the day and emits it at night to supplement standard bike lights and offer a supplementary safety measure.

KiBiSi NYC / New York Biomega bicycle

The bike will be launched on 27 June at Copenhagen's Designmuseum Danmark and presented at international cycling fairs Eurobike and Interbike in September.

KiBiSi has previously collaborated with Biomega on a radical bicycle concept for fashion brand Puma, featuring an extendable baggage rack.

KiBiSi NYC / New York Biomega bicycle

The studio has also designed a magnetic bike light that turns on when the two halves are snapped together around the bicycle's frame.

  • dan

    There are some interesting details, but I think it really lacks elegance. The mudguard is a prime example – it becomes much bulkier when you build it in to the frame, in order to be able to manufacture it. Personally I would never want a permanent one, unless perhaps it was far more subtle. It probably doesn’t help that Biomega are crying out for a new logo.

    • soren

      And why the front mudguard. The rear mudguard is the biggest problem on a bike!

  • JayCee

    So it’s a city bike and a fairly mainstream one at that. Big whoop. I wish all these so-called designers would stop announcing that they have “redesigned the bicycle”. Frankly there are more talented (and real) frame-builders out there doing far more interesting things than needlessly integrating a crud-catcher into the frame (what happens to the spray off the back wheel?) and claiming belt drive, which has been around commercially for the past five years at least, is “the next big thing”. One just has to look at NAHBS each year to see where real bike design is nowadays.

    • BioRocks

      Seriously, if you don’t care for the bikes, just don’t comment at all. There’s no point trying to put down other people’s work.

      People spend a lot of time on these designs, and just so you know, there’s been a new buyer who runs Biomega, so new stuff is coming out. Just keep your mouth shut if its nothing good.

      If there’s no big “whoop” then why’d you even bother to look at the sites or look at the bikes for that matter?