Futuristic styling and high-end componentry
This article originally published on BikeRadar
The Dream Machine combines conceptual design with modern high end componentry to create a very real, and apparently rideable, machine. It will be on display at the Taipei International Cycle Show in March and has already won first prize in the Bicycle section of the Taipei Cycle D&I awards 2013.
The bike is the product of Italian agency Jonny Mole Design, who set out to create a machine that according to lead designer Jonny Moletta was "perhaps futuristic, but feasible and useful. Even the name we have chosen plays on these contrasts: 'The Dream Machine' counters the usefulness and solidity of a machine with the abstract idea of the liberty of a dream."
The frame uses a single tube running from the headset/stem all the way to the rear wheel, which is aimed at increasing stiffness and improving aerodynamics. Ditto for the all-in-one bladed fork, headtube and stem. The downtube features an integrated water bottle plus a battery holder for electronic shifting if required. There's another recessed area in the cockpit to hold a computer and keep it out of the way of the wind. The handlebars feature a pair of horizontal extensions similar to Scott Drop-In bars (remember those?) so you can tuck in low on descents.
The Dream Machine is specced with Vision, FSA, Selle Italia and Vittoria components, who were named as technical partners in the project. Interestingly, SRAM wasn't named, even though it's clear that the bike uses SRAM Red levers and what might be SRAM's new hydraulic disc brakes.
The Dream Machine uses SRAM Red levers and disc brakes, as well as Scott Drop-In style handlebars