The new Gi Bike is a full-sized folding electric bike with wireless smartphone integration. Weighing a scant 15.4 lb (7kg)*, the aluminum frame bike is loaded with features, looks futuristic and comes with its own app and USB port for both Android and iOS phones.
Folding in a mere 3 seconds with a single-motion operation, the Gi Bike can run 40 miles on one battery charge and reaches speeds up to 15mph (25kph). Powered by a lithium ion battery, you get five levels of assistance along with a smart mode that analyzes your use and adjusts itself accordingly.
“The intelligent app will foresee any detractions from your set-route, enroute,” says Gi Bike. “Hazards, constructions, heavy traffic, will be constantly updated by users via social integration, making the Gi your perfect companion when time’s running short.”
The Gi Bike comes with integrated rear lights, LEDs on the sides of the front wheel, and an anti-theft lock system that switches on automatically when you walk 10ft away from the bike.
Once folded, it’s only 900mm (3ft) long and 1,020mm (3ft 4in) tall, and you can shift it around like wheeled luggage.
The bike is fitted with a monoblade fork, an off-centre seat tube, a one-sided chainstay and no seatstays at all. It’s belt driven and you get a USB port in the down tube so you can recharge your phone while you’re riding. The rims and spokes are custom-made for the Gi and the tires are 26x1.5 in. Accessories are currently being developed, including a rear mudguard and a briefcase holder.
And just added, this new teaser video:
*A standard, non-electric version is considerably lighter at 26.5lb (12kg).
For more info check out www.gibike.com and be sure to look out for the launch on Kickstarter soon.
Forgive me for not including these in the latest Pantone products post I just put up on October 5th, but I wasn't aware of these colorful wheels until just now.
Pantone Universe has collaborated with GIC bikes (who make several branded bikes like Renault bikes and SAAB bikes) to come out with a family of 3 Pantone Universe Bicycles. The Town or City Bike, a folding bike, the FDB166 and the Pantone Universe Basic 20.
The GIC Bike company of Japan has three styles of Pantone Universe Bikes; the Town Bike, The FDB166 Folding bike collection and the most recent addition to the line, The Basic 20. Unfortunately, they are only available in Japan. Big Boo-hoo.
The Town (or City) Bikes
above: the Pantone Universe City Bike
Comes in the following five colors:
frame: HI-TEN STEEL
frame size : 330mm
weight : 15kg
tire : 20X1.75
component : 6SPEED
price: 35,000 yen
The FDB166 is a Folding Pantone Bike.
above: The Pantone Universe Folding Bike
Comes in the following 4 colors;
CYAN BLUE 11103-03
ORCHID SMOKE 11103-04
CYBER YELLOW 11103-07
ONLINE LIME 11103-11
frame: HI-TEN STEEL
folding size : 760 x 620 x 520mm
tire : 16X1.75
component : 6SPEED
price: 30,000 yen
The Basic 20
The newest member of the Pantone Universe Bike Collection is the Pantone Universe Basic 20, a white bike whose back wheel's inner rim is colored to match the pantone color details.
The Basic 20 comes in Vivid Blue, Orange and Lime Green and is the least expensive of the three:
All three Pantone Universe bikes at the Pantone HQ in Japan:
GIC also makes matching bike locks for the bikes:
As I said earlier in the post, these lust-worthy bikes are only available in Japan and I am positively 364 C with envy.
buy The Pantone Bikes here.
The parade of Pantone® related and inspired products continues.
This is my fifth post on items that take their cue from the universal Pantone Matching System (known as PMS colors). The latest items include metal storage boxes and folding chairs.
Designed by Selab for Seletti, the aluminum folding chairs have padded seats and come in 672 C pastel pink, 186 C ruby red, 377 C macaw green, 14-0848 mimosa, 268 C royal purple and Cool Gray.
Pantone Metal Boxes
Learn more and where to purchase here.
Pantone Friendship Bracelets
Pantone also collaborated with Links of London to make Pantone friendship bracelets:
buy them here
And a few unusual Pantone inspired projects for you.
Pantone Printed Leather Chair
above image courtesy of hotelworldasia
This digitally printed leather chair by Sif Technology has a Pantone color spectrum as the pattern. Exhibited at NeoCon '09, the chair is not production (too bad!) but it was an example of their printing on leather capabilities.
above chair images courtesy of Home Workshop and 3 Rings
The Pantone Rainbow
And check out the Pantone rainbow made by artist Christopher Bevans here
And here's a last minute addition, graffiti artist Nico189 has created a personal project in which he took cans of spray paint and turned them into Pantone Cans. Unfortunately, they are not available for purchase:
To see tons more Pantone products, like eyeglasses, rugs, mugs and more, go here.
And there are more here.
Pantone products for the kitchen like aprons, hot pads and peppermills here.
And the Gap Pantone Pop Up Shop here.
Big Update: MUST SEE PANTONE Bikes!!!