The world’s lightest folding bicycle, designed by London startup the Hummingbird Bike Company, has gone into production with British motorsport company Prodrive.
Design news website Dezeen reports the bike weighs just 6.9kg – a smidgen under the limit for a carry-on bag with most airlines, we note: is that a coincidence?
Made from carbon fibre, the Hummingbird bike features a three-step folding system that allows the seat post to be lowered and back wheel and handlebars to be folded under the single arched frame in just five seconds.
The frame is available in four colours (yellow, black, blue and burnt orange), and prices start at £3495. Hummingbird is aiming to launch an electric version of the bike at the end of the year.
The bicycles are now manufactured in Banbury, Oxfordshire by Prodrive, a British motorsport and advanced engineering group that designs and constructs cars for companies such as Aston Martin, Mini and Volkswagen.
Since Hummingbird presented its prototype in a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2015, which raised £52,487, the company has made a number of other improvements to the design.
This has included optimising the frame’s carbon layout so that the minimum number of layers are used to provide maximum strength. The company also used CAD simulations to reduce the weight of the bike’s swingarm by 50 per cent, while retaining the same strength.
Read more and enjoy a massive gallery of images on Dezeen.