The story of Hummingbird began when designer Petre Craciun’s girlfriend complained that her foldable bike was too heavy to lug up the three flights of stairs to her London flat. So he set about designing and building a super-lightweight prototype. Fast forward to 2015, when Hummingbird officially reinvents the cycling experience and offers an eco-friendly and stylish solution to the daily drive with the launch of the world’s lightest folding bikes.
The remarkable lightness was achieved via radical use of carbon fibre, an advanced composite material which is used in aerospace and racing due to its lightweight yet high performance qualities. Hummingbird teamed with Prodrive, the British motorsport engineering group, which develops some of the world’s most advanced composite technologies to hand-build the frames and assemble the bikes in Banbury alongside the race and rally cars it builds for brands including Aston Martin and Subaru.
Believing that there is a perfect bike for every rider, Hummingbird offers three unique models.
The single speed is the world’s lightest foldable bike at just 6.9kg, while the multi-speed version with its four-speed gear hub delivers even greater versatility. The latest addition is the Hummingbird electric, which features an in-built battery pack that can be charged in two hours and is controlled via an app, which can also be used for bike-oriented navigation or to lock the wheel. A brushless motor also senses the needs of the rider, delivering additional boosts of power up to 25km/ph when required. Other exceptional features include high performance wheels, smaller than those on average bikes, enabling a faster ride with less effort and also rendering the bikes more compact and easier to transport, and the Swinglock folding system, which allows the bikes to be folded in less than five seconds. Since all the bikes are handmade, Hummingbird also offers a bespoke design service, which allows for colour customisation. It has already created tailor-made bicycles for many happy customers including F1 legend Fernando Alonso. If you want your bike to match the colour of your car, your yacht or even a favourite bag, then Hummingbird has the solution.
Since the launch, public and press reaction alike has been phenomenal, with The Telegraph declaring Hummingbird bikes to be ‘game-changing’, T3 stating that ‘there really has been no expense spared in designing the ultimate product for the urban cyclist’ and The Robb Report admiring ‘a serious piece of precision engineering, made of the world’s most advanced composite technologies’.
Hummingbird has just been shortlisted for a coveted Dezeen award and has also announced a retail partnership with The Conran Shop, which will be selling the bikes both in stores and online, whilst the year ahead also will reveal several exciting new design and brand partnerships.
Challenging the issues of urban cycling, especially mobility and portability, and creating products that deliver not only on its revolutionary design but also on aesthetics, Hummingbird is certainly succeeding in its mission to make people fall back in love with cycling.
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