We had started a research thread (http://goo.gl/sleOa
) awhile back and just wanted to come back and present the final project results. A little backstory/recap, this was a summer quarter project for the 3rd year industrial design (product track) students at DAAP. Our professor met an alumni of our program, Bill Ropp, and they put the project together. Bill is an independent consultant for the ebike industry and is very well know and has lots of experience on the subject. We had guest speakers from Fuji, SRAM, and Ed Benjamin of L.E.V.A. Fuji donated about 8 prototype bikes for us to study, use, enjoy and SRAM provided components for our final prototypes. Our studio has about 20 students, we divided into 5 groups and each designed for a different market segment.
The project was broken into 5 stages: Research, Ideation, Validation, Finalization, and Prototyping. We had about 10 weeks to do the whole thing.
A blog recap of the studio can be found here: http://goo.gl/DSC4G
A time lapse of the project can be viewed here: http://goo.gl/WLXAR
I am part of the Urban Commuter group. Currently we are working on putting something more polished together to post here, but for now I can at least provide a render of the final bike. We are currently scrambling to get portfolios together for our next co-op. I'll post more when I can. Thanks.
Just so people can get a better idea, these are from a ROUGH draft of my portfolio.