Developed by Milanese designer Luca Schieppati, Ciclotte is an exercise bike that combines idea, form and technology by rethinking traditional cycling aesthetics. Manufactured using materials like carbon, steel and fiberglass, the personal workout system incorporates a unique epicycloids transmission system. The concept was introduced to incorporate design into everyday living, where exercise and entertainment deem to share a single dimension within living spaces. An ergonomic posture is created for the utmost comfortable exercising experience. Influenced by a large circle reminiscent of monocycles from the late 1800’s (it derives its distinctive look from the Ciclò – a monowheel prototype bike also designed by Luca Schieppati that is now part of Milan’s Triennale Design Museum permanent collection), Ciclotte additionally provides distinctive features including a carbon handlebar, and a touch screen display. The bike reproduces the dynamics and performance of on-road cycling, making it ideal for high intensity aerobic training like spinning.
The bike’s dual satellite epicycloid system uses four gears with varying cuttings to multiply the number of flywheel rotations. Every pedal rotation equates to about four flywheel rotations, which generates a high-intensity magnetic field and maximizes the resistance level. The minimalist look carries over to the Ciclotte’s touch screen display located on the upper right side of the bike’s wheel that lets the rider choose between 12 different program settings. The saddle, made with alcantara padding, is adjustable both vertically and horizontally, while the handlebars are adjustable up and downward to suit various riding positions.
But, careful though, available in “Full Carbon” black, silver and purple, the Ciclotte also bears a heavy price tag at around US$10,700.