The Layer design studio wanted to bring its vision of the urban electric bike through the Pendler model. The result is a cycle with an atypical frame, marked by an intense U-shaped curve.
Just like cars and smartphones, e-bikes are also entitled to their own concepts. Some take the path of marketing through a successful product, others are sometimes only a technological summary supposed to represent the vision of a brand and remain confined to the concept stage.
Recently, Decathlon stood out with its Magic Bike, some technical, aesthetic or even technological elements of which should be integrated into future models of the brand. This time it’s the turn of a design company, the Layer studio more precisely, to bring its own vision of things, note eBike News and the magazine Deezen.
The Pendler was thus revealed, an electric bike that finds its originality in the shape of its frame: a very curved, U-shaped shape, which gives it a look that is both unique and modern. In addition to its aesthetic interest, this frame has a practical aspect: being so open, it is very easy to ride it.
Benjamin Hubert, at the head of the Layer studio, above all sought to create a compact and urban model, capable of being transported in transport and of being stored with ease. To achieve this, the pedals can fold in on themselves, while the handlebars can be rotated 90° to align perfectly with the frame – as the iWeech bike offers.
Clearly, Layer sees here a practical bike, without neglecting the style. Its 20-inch wheels are combined with a saddle and leather grips, while a smartphone holder has been added to the handlebars. Its 250 Wh battery also gives it a range of 70 km, supported by a torque of 45 Nm.
Finally, the safety of the cyclist is reinforced thanks to a system of indicators integrated into the ends of the handlebars, so that the user can announce his direction intentions without letting go of one of the two handles. A system that can be found in particular on the VAE Angell, designed by Marc Simoncini.
In any case, this bike seems above all a conceptual project that is not specifically intended to be industrialized and marketed. But it has the merit of bringing both an aesthetic and practical vision of a vehicle whose use has exploded since the Covid-19.