May 8, 2012
Those crazy guys at Specialized are always playing around with new concepts. Headed up by Creative Director Robert Egger, it seems to always be playtime in the studio. All this playing around however has led to some great designs from the big S.
How’s this for a shuttle bike? Half Demo-8 and half scooter… Mr Egger has built this up as a shuttle bike for his ranch. You can tow pals back up to the top of the downhill course (and then enjoy the trip back down yourself…)
Egger literally chopped up a scooter (we think it was a Honda C90, but the moto experts will doubtless tell us what it is) and grafted it onto the back end of a Specialized Demo8. We don’t fancy pedaling that much.
Moving on to road bikes. This is Robert Egger with his ‘lunchtime ride’ bike. Specialized’s lunchtime rides are legendarily fast and Egger reckons he needs this to keep up with the youngsters and semi-pros (and folk like Ned Overend who just turn up) who put the hammer down every lunchtime. It’s basically a time trial bike with drop bars. Every second counts (not that Robert seems to have problems going fast.)
To show that it has an eye on the other future, there was a very neat electric bike on show. With a battery pack built into the downtube, this seems a very neat way of hiding a bit of extra go power into your daily ride.