When you ride your bike to and from work every single day, you’re going to want to make sure it’s as comfy as possible. And that’s exactly what Alter Cycles is promising commuters with its unorthodox take on shock absorbers. Instead of integrating them into the front forks, the company’s replaced the down tube on its bikes with a flexible bow that promises varying degrees of comfort.
By swapping in interchangeable down tubes of varying flexibility, a biker can fine tune their cycle’s ride — from soft to stiff — depending on the terrain they face on their commute. When eventually available to the public, the Alter Cycles bike should sell for around $US800, while the various down tube options should run anywhere from $US75 to $US100, with off-road versions also en route.
So what do you think? Could this actually be a better alternative to front fork suspension systems? Or is this just another novel design that doesn’t quite offer enough innovation to take the biking world by storm? [Alter Cycles via Gizmag]