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The bike inspired by a Porsche 911

Stunning concept bike created for Porsche design competition

The Next Design Challenge, promoted by Fast Company and Porsche, challenged leading designers to create their perfect bicycle and of the hundreds of entries they received, this is the highlight. Beautiful, don't you think?

The competition stipulates that an object, smaller than a living room and bigger than a wallet, references three design elements taken from the  iconic Porsche 911, one of the true design classics of the motoring world

David Schultz, Senior Lead User Experience Designer for Microsoft, took inspiration from the 911 and came up with this urban commuter described as a “fast, lightweight, simple, tough and timeless” design - it certainly looks all those things.

It's a looker too and that would sit nicely in any garage that includes a 1973 Carrera RS in Gulf livery. Mind you, it'd sit nicely in your front room, basement, hall or shed.

The bike didn't win this year's competition. A concept hair dryer that makes a sound evoking the engine roar of a 911 did… baffling (if you'll excuse slightly lame engine noise related pun).

And what does the winner of the competition get? Only a one-year lease on a brand new Porsche 911. Now, where's my drawing pad and crayons... Although I wonder how you get hold of that bike?

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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Grizzerly | 11 years ago

Why do people who 'design' commuter bike have such a problem with front brakes?

Bikeylikey | 11 years ago

Projections from BB and rear mudguard could be what prevented it from winning - health and safety nightmare. The BB one looks like something from a Roman chariot.

Brummmie | 11 years ago

Would've been better with some nice black drop bars I think.

Very lovely indeed none the less.........

BBB | 11 years ago

Unlike most of concept bikes which are a waste of a computer processing power this one is very nice  1

Gkam84 | 11 years ago

Did you see the helmets here?

A little tweak here and there, perfect aero helmets  3

I also like the house/patio thing

Dr_Lex | 11 years ago

I like it, although unsure of the projection fore of the BB. Would making the steerer angle match the windscreen make it unrideable?

Chuck replied to Dr_Lex | 11 years ago
Dr_Lex wrote:

I like it, although unsure of the projection fore of the BB.

Maybe just a nod to the front spoiler on the car, like the little spoiler on the back mudguard.

Does look nice though!

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