During the upcoming Milan design week from April 9th to 14th 2013, don’t be surprised if while walking around the famous districts of Tortona, Brera, Lambrate and Porta Venezia, a gentleman in a tuxedo, a man wearing a kilt or a lady wearing an elegant evening dress whizzes past you on a Cykno bike!
The name Cykno comes from the Greek word κÏκνος (kýknos) and from the Latin word Cygnus, both meaning swan. In Greek mythology, Leda, the daughter of the Aetolian king Thestius, was seduced by Zeus disguised as a swan who fell into her arms to escape an eagle chasing him. When a mythical person or god changes form to become something else, the term is metamorphosis (English: transformation).
The brainchild of Bruno Greppi, in collaboration with the designers Luca Scopel, Gianpietro Vigorelli, and the guru of Italian advertising of the last 30 years Riccardo Lorenzini also participated in the creation of the Cykno bike. This new generation electric bicycle that combines vintage design lines, innovative and precious materials, sophisticated technology and a production strictly ‘Made in Italy’ has the power to ''transform'' you into the most stylish biker as you whizz around your own city’s streets on it.
Cykno is composed of a monocoque frame, radial spokes wheels and front fork made in carbon fiber and stainless steel pipes. Every element of the vehicle is crafted and produced following a specific design. The unusual seat is suspended on a stainless steel blade and upholstered with fine and selected leathers; the same precious leathers are used to upholster the handlebars and other parts of the frame. Central motor with latest technology, lithium polymer battery with high energy density. Cykno may praise itself of circa 60km of autonomy, 250/500 watts of power, weighing a total of 26kg.
> Monocoque frame, radial spokes wheels and fork all entirely in carbon
> Aluminium hubs
> Centrally mounted Swedish manufacture motor on a carbon cradle that matches the frame perfectly
> High energy density lithium polymer battery pack
> Radial brake master cylinders with carbon fiber levers
> Radial brake calipers mounted on 203mm stainless steel floating discs with aluminium hub
> All the parts in aluminium, like pedals, handlebar stem, fork bottoms, rear caliper support and screws are made to specific design for this application only and all parts are made in Italy
> The battery charger, with cable is stored on-board
> Power – 250/500 Watts
> Battery capacity – 360 Wh
> Charging time – 4 hours
> Autonomy – 60 km
> Wheels – 26”x3.00”
> 203 mm hydraulic disc brakes
> Wheelbase – 139 cm
> Weight – 26 kg
> Pedal assist with torque sensor