After spotlighting the Lunartic bike concept, here is another noteworthy finalist in designboom and Seoul Design Foundation's Seoul Cycle Design Competition. Bikoff by Argentinian industrial design student Marcos Madia takes the concept of the folding bike to an entirely new level.
The compact bicycle folds itself into a sleek black briefcase, blending seamlessly into business urbanites' aesthetic sensibility.
This project was aimed at those who do not use bicycles, those who drive their cars every morning to the office. 'Bikoff' was born to convince these people to leave their cars and to ride every morning to their offices. 'Bikoff' is a small foldeable bike which features a briefcase incorporated into the frame. There is an intimate relationship between the briefcase and the frame. The briefcase completes the frame, giving it great structure. Both are carbon fiber manufactured, providing minimum weight and maximum mechanical resistance." ~ Marcos Madia
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