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An ultra-aero road bike with disc brakes and radical features

The Dream Machine ultra-aero road bike is a winning entry in the Taipei Cycle D&I awards, an event run by iF Design, by Jonny Mole Design of Italy.

This prototype comes with an integrated front end, the deep-legged fork extending up in front of the head tube and then turning into the stem and the handlebar.

There’s a space inside the stem area for holding a bike computer internally, and the handlebar drops come with horizontal extensions that give you an extra hand position.

The seat tube curves around the leading edge of the rear wheel and you get an integrated seat mast rather than a separate seat post. The saddle clamp is attached directly to the frame so there’s no height adjustment here at all.

There’s a custom water bottle integrated into the down tube and you have space in there for housing the battery for electronic gear shifting.

This bike is fitted with cable operated gearing, though, using SRAM Red levers. The drivetrain and the wheels come from Vision while braking is via discs, although the callipers fitted here are dummies. Maybe Jonny Mole has a yet-to-be-released product in mind for this project.

As far as we know, this bike hasn’t been tested in the wind tunnel so we’ve no idea how successful it is at slipping through the air. We have to say, though, the Dream Maker looks pretty mean and it'll be interesting to see if it every makes it to production.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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nappe [56 posts] 3 years ago
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I wonder what use the extra hand position is? (goes into garage to dig out those mtb bar extensions to try it out).

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localsurfer [202 posts] 3 years ago
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nappe wrote:

I wonder what use the extra hand position is? (goes into garage to dig out those mtb bar extensions to try it out).

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Nick T [921 posts] 3 years ago
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It's knee bashin' time!

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notfastenough [3695 posts] 3 years ago
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Imagine turning up to the club run on that!

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Mat Brett [626 posts] 3 years ago
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Yeah, I must say that the extensions to the bars seem nuts to me, but overall it's still a really interesting design.