The Model B bike made headlines last year when a Seattle-based industrial designer produced pre-production images of the unconventional pedal free e-bike.
Kendall Toerner included Tesla logos throughout the personal project, though he did not work for Tesla. The design theory went viral, and now its creator is launching the Micro Bike based on those early designs.
The first 16 production bikes will be auctioned live, from 5pm BST.
The bikes are being sold off via an NFT (non-fungible token) auction, a concept we saw Colnago dabble with last week. However, Toerner says that all successful bidders will receive a physical Micro Bike as well as the digital NFT.
The 16 bikes - called the ‘Genesis Editions’ - will be plated in gold, red copper and storm white. They'll be named the Sun Edition, Mars Edition and Moon Edition respectively. There is only one Sun Edition bike available, five Mars options and 10 Moon models.
According to Toerner the bikes will be more broadly released via full production at a later date, with delivery anticipated for 2022.
The designer says that creation has been made possible following backing from a team of “prominent investors” who came on board following the coverage of the Model-B bike.
What else do we know about the bikes? Well, they don’t come with pedals - so perhaps are more closely aligned with an electric scooter. There’s room to seat two people, and of course, they’re electric.
Other details are sparse. Asked for the weight, Toerner said: "it's light enough to carry, and lightweight is core to the design ethos," he also added that the "battery is easily removable for charging."
In this design, the front wheel turned independently based on handlebar pressure and sensor input data - which could present a problem should you run out of power - as would the lack of pedals and drivetrain.
The Model-B bike also came with dual drive hub motors in both the front and rear wheel, and if images are to be the guiding information driver at this point, it looks like these have been carried into the design.
The initial concept design included three-strut suspension wheels, though these appear to have been abandoned at this point.
The bikes will be on auction from 5pm BST here.
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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.
Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor.
Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.
Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.
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