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This Bike Doesn't Have Any Spokes

We're only a few days into National Bike Month (whatever that means, every month is bike month) and we've found one of the most biazrre bikes we've ever seen — a prototype without hubs or spokes. Made in Italy, the traditional Mecca of bike-building thanks to Colnago and Pinarello, the Sada Bike is redefining the two-wheeler with a bizarre new design that optimizes easy folding and small carry size.

The bike's wheels use a clever system that uses the cranks to drive the rim, instead of a hub. There's no way this design is more efficient when you're pedaling, but it certainly makes the bike's transport much easier thanks to the free space inside the rim.

After removing the wheels, the bike frame collapses in a single movement. To facilitate easy carrying the wheels and frame come together to form a backpack-like structure, making compact transport even easier.

While we can't see the Sada Bike being right for everyone, there's definitely a need for a ride that stresses compactness over function — and more so than the typical folding bikes we see nowadays.


Ethan Wolff-Mann is the Gear editor of Supercompressor. He rides a bike everyday. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.