Ahead of the CERV: Concept Bike by Priority Designs for Cannondale
The consensus regarding the “FLIZ” concept bike we saw a couple weeks ago was a general sentiment that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”—specifically, that the draisine-inspired novelty was inferior to the tried-and-true diamond frame. Still, we can’t fault designers for trying, and Priority Designs are the latest consultancy to try their hand at rethinking the bicycles.
Forkless, chainless, and dynamically adjustable, the concept was radical. But turning a sexy concept illustration into a working prototype is a tall order. It would require creative engineering, design sensitivity and serious fabrication capabilities. Priority Designs had all of those, along with the passion to sweat every detail…and get it done in time for the show.
The Columbus, OH-based design firm developed the Continuously Ergonomic Race Vehicle, or CERV for short, for Cannondale, who came up with the concept and brief to the Priority Designs team.
The CERV features a dynamically adjustable headset that moves both fore-and-aft and up-and-down. The genius lies in achieving the above without altering the seat-to-crank height. This system puts the rider in an optimal position based on the terrain. The headset translates forward and down for a clean, low-drag position when descending. When climbing, it moves up and back, creating a more upright position for maximum leverage on the crank. Doing all this with a traditional fork in place wasn’t going to cut it, so a single-sided swing arm was proposed. Designing a forkless front-end has its own challenges, integrating it into a multi-axis adjustable system is another degree of difficulty altogether.
At least it doesn’t have (god forbid) hubless wheels!
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