‘Seoul Cycle Design’ recently revealed their shortlisted entries and the ‘Full Circle’ presented by Sanghyun Jeong and Jun-Tae Park was amongst them. There were more than 3000 entries in the Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010 and Full Circle made it to the top. The competition was organized in collaboration with Seoul Design Foundation.
The Full Circle is a pretty fascinating concept and the designers define it as the concept of a compact city bike which would look more like a sprinter mini velo with a huge wheel approximately of 508mm or 20 inches. The idea here is to make the bike easy to move around with the big wheel in a city like Seoul. The idea was basically a solution to the problem that bikers usually face with bikes having standard wheel sizes or smaller wheels.
What does Full Circle have to offer?
Well, the bike, first of all, does not have any chains, instead there are free wheels which are directly connected to the pedals. Although it does look like the bike has a fixed gear, there isn’t any. Another fascinating point about this concept is its folding design which will make the bike more portable and mobile. Users will be able to easily fold the bike within minutes. All the parts of the bike can be folded apart from the saddle and the handle bars.
Is it good enough?
For a busy city like Seoul and someone who would love to have an ‘easily foldable and easy-to-ride’ bike with lesser hectic, it is good enough. But, if you are a serious biker and want all the luxuries a proper bike can give, then this one is not for you. Besides, without the chains, pedaling would be tougher so you have to keep that in mind. It is a bike designed for one purpose which is to be ridden on a smooth road. But, as you approach a road with bumps and inclination, you might need to pedal harder. Anyhow, the concept is good and congratulations to Sanghyun and Jun-Tae for being shortlisted.