The ElliptiGO, a seatless bike that emulates running, will be launched at the outset of 2010 after a few years in development.
Rather than pedals, the ElliptiGO has 2 platforms on what you stand and press to deliver the drive towards the crank.
Its originator, Bryan Pate, developed the concept after losing to be able to run to keep fit through hip and knee injuries. He planned to keep on exercising but found the riding position with a conventional bike awkward and didn?t need to be restricted to gym-style, stationary elliptical fitness machines.
Specification includes Shimano Alfine 8-speed gearing, aluminium frame and carbon fibre cranks. Claimed weight is 37 pounds (less than 17kg), and it will retail at US$1,999.
It isn’t just geared towards runners seeking a ‘low-impact’ alternative though – Pate told BikeRadar how the reaction from cyclists was a lot more enthusiastic than expected: “We are positioning the ElliptiGO to attract general fitness enthusiasts and especially current or former runners. Our initial data were that hardcore bike riders may not be interested.”
“My co-founder (Brent Teal) and that i tend to be former Ironman triathletes, so we’ve spent a huge number of miles inside saddle on both road and tri bikes along with done quite a bit of biking. We thought that cyclists would treat an ElliptiGO rider like they actually do a recumbent-rider – either ignore him or produce a snide comment. To the surprise, many cyclists happen to be really receptive to the idea. We’ve learned that greater difficult the ride/event we’re on, the harder supportive cyclists are. Regarding our customers, so far about 50 % of describe themselves as ‘general fitness enthusiasts’, about a quarter describe themselves as runners and also the other quarter as cyclists.”
Pate stressed what he felt were some great benefits of the ElliptiGO after completing case: “Other cyclists begin to see the height and width of the bike has there isn’t any seat and they also conclude that it have to be much more tough to climb on than their 16-pound Roubaix or Madone. The reality is, the ElliptiGO is heavy, but it climbs very well along with the insufficient a seat means that Six or seven hours into the ride bodies are still really comfortable and pain free. At the end of the ride we were a smaller amount ‘beat up’ than a conventional cyclist is and much better off than someone that went running for very long enough to have the same exercise benefits.”
This individual also sees widespread commuter / urban appeal for your seatless machine, after they can reduce the retail price, stressing three major advantages over conventional bikes:
The rider is way better in a position to observe his surroundings due to the fact his distinct sight is practically never blocked by cars and other objects. As an end result, he or she is very likely to go to a potential danger earlier and so have an overabundance time for you to avoid it. This allows such a much better feeling of security on urban roads because the rider feels more in command of his surroundings and much more empowered. Plus, there aren’t many far better feelings than looking upon the driving force of an Hummer when pulling up to stoplight.
The upright riding posture also helps make the rider now more visible to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, rendering it more unlikely that they’ll hit him.
Due to configuration in the pedaling system and not enough a seat, the ElliptiGO is way better for people wearing non-cycling attire. The lack of a seat ensures that there isn’t any wet seat to sit down on plus it implies that women can wear skirts or dresses with no them get all bunched up or exposing by themselves to everyone. We didn’t realise that’s a challenge, however we’ve had many women mention it. Also, since the chain no longer has enough the way and there’s no structural member over the plane of the pedaling motion, there is nothing there to soil suits or jeans.