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The Broadsider

I am traveling in China this week, and I’m definitely feeling the effects of the 12 hour time difference after a very long day of work. Before I get some sleep though, I want to quickly share a few images that I received from the Trek design department. Mike Hammond designed The Broadsider as a concept bike for the Trek World show this year. He explains that the concept, which stemmed from an earlier discussion within their MTB design group, “comes straight out of a post-oil, post-apocalyptic graphic novel based on its namesake.”

“It tells the story of the legendary ‘Cliff Racer’ Max Malco who lost his life saving a young boy from his racing rivals.” Make sure you check out the comic book that they created to go with the concept bike in the last image below.

Mike points out that “this is not a bike Trek will ever produce – it is an outlet for innovation and creativity. It is through executions like this the design team continually dreams up new directions to keep up the excitement and enthusiasm for bicycles.” Pretty cool stuff! It looks like a fun project and I am sure it will be a hit at the show. I can’t wait to see more from Trek World 2011 soon.

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  1. Ross Nicholson says

    He could make a few velomobiles, then, huh?

  2. lolmaus says

    Seems that the designers of this bike are same people that design Trek cruisers and choppers.

  3. G says

    Looks exactly like a bicycle version of a ‘Flat Track’ racing motorcycle….

  4. Easy Tiger says

    Might have trouble with grips, tyres, saddles, hydraulic lines and fluid ‘post oil’. Don’t expect Trek to come up with any solutions there.

    • Andrew says

      Heard that comment before, and I think it’s taking it a little bit literally.

      Hydro brakes can theoretically use any liquid – even water is noncompressible, it can just corrode components and boil, so it’s performance isn’t great. Use veggie oil instead and you’re fine. Grips look like they’re just string wrapped with tape or something. Saddles can be made of leather. Tyres can come from natural rubber trees, the way they were always made before.

      Interestingly, bicycle mechanics in Cuba already effectively live in the post-oil age due to the embargo. The way that they fabricate and adapt the parts, tubes, tyres, etc… that they need to keep bikes rolling is truly a marvel of ingenuity.

  5. Dave Cherling says

    I’d buy one tomorrow. Coolest bike I’ve seen for a while.

  6. Easy Tiger says

    It’s not taking it literally. The entire industrial complex relies on oil! You can’t make a single component, a single material….ABSOLUTELY NOTHING without oil. It’s just a bit of fun, we should leave it at that.

    • Charles D says

      You might consider *actually refuting* Andrew’s points, rather than saying “Ain’t so!” without addressing the supporting arguments.

  7. Deko Web says

    it’s very nice bicycle.. thank you for sharing..

  8. MontclairBobbyB says

    If it weren’t for the totally hokey nameplate and other bolt-on jive, this might actually be a cool concept bike. I really like the concept, but the execution makes me want to hurl myself off a tall building… Apologies to all the Max Malco fans, but to the designers at Trek… you’ve definitely ‘jumped the shark’ with this one…



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