Material: 24 BASF performance materials
Wheelsize: 39'' and 24''
DING3000 designs an E-Velocipede made of high-performance plastics
Conspicuous with its wheels of different sizes, the velocipede was the first pedal-powered cycle in history. DING3000 and the chemical company BASF have now rebuilt the 19th century bike as a modern e-bike. But why?
With the "Concept 1865", we are taking a trip back to the year 1865, when BASF was founded. This was also the point in time when Karl Drais' wooden "Dandy horse" was given its first pedals, which launched the bicycle on the road to global success. As a tribute to this era of enthusiasm for technology and invention, DING3000 and BASF have embarked on an unparalleled thought experiment and asked:
How would the first pedal cycle have looked if the pioneers of the bike had had today's advanced materials to work with?
In cooperation with BASF, DING3000 has developed the E-Velocipede "Concept 1865". It is a ready-to-ride prototype with an electric drive and 24 polymer applications, some of which are highly innovative like the bearingless all-plastic pedals made of Ultrason® or the light and punctureproof tires made of Infinergy®.
By implementing this design study DING3000 obviously does not intend to reinvent the bicycle, let alone the wheel. Under the slogan »Rethinking Materials«, the unusual e-bike is in fact an invitation to customers to join the company in developing new applications and product ideas utilizing advanced plastics. It is an invitation to question the status quo and create something new - just as the pioneers of cycling did in their time.
For additional information about the history of the velocipede, the design of the bike and the materials used, please refer to the brochure:
> Download PDF: Concept 1865 - Rethinking Materials Brochure
Our partners from Nord Nord produced an image film, which turns our thought experiment into moving images and shows the E-Velocipede in action.
The Concept 1865 - Rethinking Materials project was realized with the following partners:
Concept, design, construction, scheduling and project management
DING3000 PRODUCT DESIGN
Peter Kraft Design - peterkraft.info
Design engineering and mentoring
Thomas Mertin - thm-carbon.de
Stefan Stark - sts-bike-design.de
THM Faserverbund-Technologie GmbH - thm-carbon.de
rpm rapid product manufacturing GmbH - rpm-factories.de
Grüne Modellbau - gruene-modellbau.de
Susan Jäger - polsterei-jaeger.de
Graphic design, text, photography and movie
Stapelberg&Fritz Büro für Gestaltung, Roman Heinrich - stapelbergundfritz.com
Petra Schmidt - psaboutdesign.com
Rafael Krötz - rafaelkroetz.de
Nord Nord - nordnord.tv
Equipment, components and advice
Coating of grips:
Bomix - bomix.com
BrakeForceOne - brakeforceone.com
Semi-finished parts for seat latch mechanism:
Gehr Kunststoffwerk GmbH - gehr.de
Lutz Rother - bike-emotion.org
Mentor GmbH & Co. Präzisions-Bauteile KG - mentor-bauelemente.de
Molded tire core profile:
Schaumaplast Nossen GmbH - schaumaplast.com
Front wheel hub:
Star Candy components - facebook.com/starcandyinc