Introducing the world's first carbon-fibre balance bike

Petitpierre from Mores is top-end technology for toddlers

by Mat Brett   June 17, 2013  

It’s an ultralight monocoque, engineered using computer aided design and made from T1000 carbon fibre using state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies… and it’s aimed at riders as young as 18 months.

Munich-based engineer and designer Sebastian Mores reckons that the Mores Petitpierre is the world’s first carbon fibre running bike – or balance bike, if you prefer. We think he’s probably right.

“We are proud to introduce a running bike that has been focused on a child’s development right from the very first sketch,” says Sebastian Mores. “The very low centre of gravity enables kids even as young as 1.5 years in age to move easily and have fun. Thanks to the low weight and the optimized design, the Petitpierre is incredibly stable, easy to manoeuvre, and can easily be lifted to cross kerbs and obstacles."

The carbon-fibre frame with CNC-milled dropouts weighs just 600g, and the Petitpierre comes with LED lights in the Velo saddle and on the ends of the handlebars. A Tektro rear-mounted mini-V-brake takes care of stopping, the cable running internally – as it does on many high-end bikes these days. Two sizes are available, covering ages from 1.5=5 years.

There’s often a ‘but’, and you can probably guess what it is here: the price. Petitpierres start at €1,499. That's £1,273 at today’s exchange rate, which is clearly a big chunk more than you'll pay for a wooden equivalent. They're not going for the mass market here!

For more info go to www.mores-design.com.

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Something the rich and stupid can purchase once they have run out of ideas elsewhere.

My daughter used a balance bike for 2 hours before progressing onto a proper bik, this would work out at £10 a minute - bargain.

'It's the closest you can get to flying'
Robin Williams response when asked why he enjoyed riding so much

posted by Simmo72 [395 posts]
17th June 2013 - 12:15

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nothing to do with the kids, just a vulgar display of purchasing power for the parent. Have a read of the 'features' blurb on the website, it's unintentionally hilarious.

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posted by joemmo [909 posts]
17th June 2013 - 12:27

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Ludicrously expensive and totally pointless. (Unless of course being ludicrously expensive IS the point...)

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
17th June 2013 - 12:29

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at least they could spec a saddle that wasn't an adult size!!!

posted by mrchrispy [337 posts]
17th June 2013 - 12:34

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No UCI Approved sticker?!?

posted by ped [174 posts]
17th June 2013 - 12:43

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posted by ColT [225 posts]
17th June 2013 - 12:46

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I can't wait for next years model - it'll be lighter, more vertically compliant and stiffer.

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posted by mr-andrew [300 posts]
17th June 2013 - 12:59

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The ability to lower the seat appears to be limited by the nose of the massive adult-sized saddle hitting the top of the frame. Ten times the price of an Islabikes Rothan (with which it appears to share most of its parts) and they can't even get that right.

600g doesn't seem that impressive for a frame that's only about 18in long, either. All-up weight is 3.4kg, which is only 200g more than a Rothan. I know every little helps with kids' bikes, but that's not really very much.

Also, what on earth is this dribble from the "Technology" page?

Borrowing the beauty of classic bicycles, the Petitpierre running bike’s natural style is unmistakable. In an interplay of opposites – acute angles and long, delicate curves – the elements harmoniously join together to achieve timeless exclusivity. Light is softly broken by clearly-defined angles, encircling the design in a display of elegance.

Thinking

posted by David Portland [89 posts]
17th June 2013 - 13:00

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Bait your hook
Cast out
Bang, straight in Party

posted by stuartp [64 posts]
17th June 2013 - 13:00

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I've not been in a coma for the last 10 months and it's 1st April?

posted by SevenHills [151 posts]
17th June 2013 - 13:38

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Old hat. We all know that hydraulic discs are the latest thing!

Exercising my rights by taking them cycling

posted by pedalingparamedic [88 posts]
17th June 2013 - 14:04

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do they do a Rapha edition?

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posted by joemmo [909 posts]
17th June 2013 - 14:55

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Good man!

You found where the other £1000 of costs went for each bike....Marketing!

David Portland wrote:
The ability to lower the seat appears to be limited by the nose of the massive adult-sized saddle hitting the top of the frame. Ten times the price of an Islabikes Rothan (with which it appears to share most of its parts) and they can't even get that right.

600g doesn't seem that impressive for a frame that's only about 18in long, either. All-up weight is 3.4kg, which is only 200g more than a Rothan. I know every little helps with kids' bikes, but that's not really very much.

Also, what on earth is this dribble from the "Technology" page?

Borrowing the beauty of classic bicycles, the Petitpierre running bike’s natural style is unmistakable. In an interplay of opposites – acute angles and long, delicate curves – the elements harmoniously join together to achieve timeless exclusivity. Light is softly broken by clearly-defined angles, encircling the design in a display of elegance.

Thinking

posted by Farky [183 posts]
17th June 2013 - 15:07

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No. No. Oh alright then, I'll bite...

David Portland wrote:

Also, what on earth is this dribble from the "Technology" page?

Borrowing the beauty of classic bicycles, the Petitpierre running bike’s natural style is unmistakable. In an interplay of opposites – acute angles and long, delicate curves – the elements harmoniously join together to achieve timeless exclusivity. Light is softly broken by clearly-defined angles, encircling the design in a display of elegance.

Thinking

Good Lord. Sick

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3469 posts]
17th June 2013 - 21:36

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posted by Wesselwookie [154 posts]
18th June 2013 - 11:29

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Anyone who's ever had to carry an unwilling toddler plus their heavy steel balance bike (plus nappy bag etc etc) back from the park (or wherever) would gladly pay any money (at that moment) for a super-light carbon model! Smile

Cervelo R3SL, Boardman Comp, Genesis Flyer

posted by JimboBaggins [3 posts]
18th June 2013 - 21:36

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JimboBaggins wrote:
Anyone who's ever had to carry an unwilling toddler plus their heavy steel balance bike (plus nappy bag etc etc) back from the park (or wherever) would gladly pay any money (at that moment) for a super-light carbon model! Smile

... or buy a wheelbarrow !

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [276 posts]
19th June 2013 - 13:47

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