Bikes are no different from scooters, but their schematic are vastly different. Scooters are leisurely automobiles. They focus on comfort and reliability and cost lesser than a motorbike. Scooters even come with a step-through frame (a deviation from bicycle and motorbike frames), making it convenient to board and de-board without lifting your legs. They’re also an absolute boon for people wearing skirts, dresses, or even a raincoat!
The Capuchin bike by Monkey Faction is the world’s first bicycle with a scooter frame and honestly, I wonder why this wasn’t done before! The step-thru style frame honestly makes for a vastly better user experience. People wearing long clothes can now sit in the front seat without worrying about the bike frame coming in the way of clothing. You’ll thank your stars when you’re stuck in the rain and you want to wear a rain-coat or trench-coat while riding! The bike frame is eye catching and incredibly sturdy. Unlike most bicycle seats, the Capuchin has a scooter-inspired seat that’s much wider, elongated, and therefore more comfortable for long rides. The wider frame allows for wider 4 inch thick tires that will take you anywhere you want to go, be it next door or uphill. Gears just add to the bike’s ability to drive on any surface. Capuchin pushes the design a bit further, with battery mounts and cable guides built right into the frame. Just pop a 350W motor on the rear wheel and your scooter-inspired bike becomes an actual scooter!
Another reason that makes the scooter style frame an absolute genius of design is the storage space underneath the seat. For decades now, the scooter has always been ahead of the motorbike because it provides a storage hatch right below the seat. The Capuchin is no stranger to this feature, and comes with a hollow space right under its seat which proves great for strapping bags or helmets.
There’s really no reason for the bicycle to look the way it does. The Capuchin’s frame goes to prove that something like a template that we take for granted, can be redesigned and made SO MUCH better. Capuchin’s frame is perfect for when you’re wearing bike-unfriendly clothing, and even if you’re not, mounting or dismounting the bike has never been easier. The new schematic changes the seat, making it much more comfortable for long rides, while even providing you with storage space right below. All of this is done without compromising on (if not improving) the bike’s ability to ride on any terrain. The Capuchin ushers a new era of design into the biking world and with their lifetime warranty, we’re all confident that it’s here to stay!
Designers: Chris Dupuis, Michael Kleinheinz & Dave Goeppner
BUY IT HERE: $ 379.00
( H/T: Yanko Design )