Concept e-Bike

Material: 24 BASF performance materials
Wheelsize: 39'' and 24''
Year: 2013


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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?

  • Image: BnF

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.

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Velocipedes were known for their enlarged front wheels that improved the transmission ratio. However, the present-day velocipede rider is assisted by an electric drive.
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Integrated LEDs concealed in the forks and inlaid optical waveguides render conventional lighting systems superfluous.
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The crank made of Ultramid® D withstands high stressing, such as when the rider mounts the cycle or climbs steep hills. With Ultrason® integral pedals completey out of plastic and without ball-bearings could be provided.
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Infinergy® is the first expanded thermoplastic polyurethane. It is light, durable and very elastic, while also displaying outstanding resilience.
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The spring-loaded slide is pulled at the rear within the recessed grip to unlock and remove the seat. The seat of the Concept 1865 is supported by a Cellasto® spring element for excellent sprung comfort.
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Descreet power: The inside of the detachable saddle contains the battery for the electric drive. Recharging the battery at home keeps the saddle dry, clean and warm.
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Brake hoses made from Elastollan® exhibit optimal bursting behavior under pressure, are highly wear resistant and permit the tight bending radii that are essential on bikes. The transparent Elastollan used here also renders the oil inside visible and thus makes it easier to check bubble-free filling and hence reliable braking behavior. Thanks to these transparent hoses, it was possible to have the a color accentuation with a dyed oil.
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Inconspicuous help: A 250W electric drive is integrated within the rear wheel and renders a descreet support.
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Thermoplastic rims offer vast design freedom. But that's not all: Mass-produced, they could well become an inexpensive alternative to metal rims.
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Click to start download of the brochure
You can find more information about each material within the broshure. Simply click on the image above to start the download of the PDF.

The Concept 1865 - Rethinking Materials project was realized with the following partners:

Concept, design, construction, scheduling and project management

Peter Kraft Design -

Design engineering and mentoring
Thomas Mertin -
Stefan Stark -

Fiber-reinforced components:
THM Faserverbund-Technologie GmbH -
Cast parts:
rpm rapid product manufacturing GmbH -
Model making:
Grüne Modellbau -
Saddle upholstering:
Susan Jäger -

Graphic design, text, photography and movie
Graphic design:
Stapelberg&Fritz Büro für Gestaltung, Roman Heinrich -
Petra Schmidt -
Rafael Krötz -
Nord Nord -

Equipment, components and advice
Coating of grips:
Bomix -
BrakeForceOne -
Semi-finished parts for seat latch mechanism:
Gehr Kunststoffwerk GmbH -
Electrical engineering:
Lutz Rother -
Mentor GmbH & Co. Präzisions-Bauteile KG -
Molded tire core profile:
Schaumaplast Nossen GmbH -
Front wheel hub:
Star Candy components -

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