Robert Egger, Creative Director at Specialized, thinks he has the answer to that question in the form of his fUCI concept bike. In case folks don't get the significance of the bike's name, the "f" stands for F#@K the UCI. The name is probably the most subtle thing about the bike. In a number of ways, the bike represents all kinds of design ideas that would never make it through the UCI rulebook.
Take a look (all images from Specialized):
|Nothing's classier than a double-bird salute.|
|It's the "crotch rocket" of bicycles.|
As for me, I still balk at adding electric motors to bicycles. Sure, the bike may be fast -- but it's not all that impressive when you get that speed with a motor. In this case, the bike reminds me more of a motorcycle than a bicycle. Or at the very least, an electric moped. In fact, why not just go all the way and ditch the crank? Just put on some foot pegs and call it a motorcycle.
|Can't have a modern bike without a smartphone dock. Of course, when the next incarnation of your iPhone completely changes the size, shape, and connection ports (again), it probably won't fit anymore. By then it will be time for another new bike.|
|What everyone wants on a bike: A magnetically latched compartment. I can hear that thing (and all of its contents) rattling away already.|
|The full-size model -- and another bird salute from Egger. Nice. . .|
Go ahead, Specialized. Make the bike. Go-fast poseurs will probably love it.
People like me will still think of it as kind of a crude joke, but maybe those bird salutes are meant for us, too.