Eurobike is the venue for wild ideas and creations, and what we have here is indeed a strange design with a lot of engineering and manufacturing hours poured in to it. To eliminate the chain, the designers used the drivetrain and riding position of the Radio Flyer tricycle, but instead of two rear wheels, they used one.
Instead of a fixed gear drive with a constant ratio, MC2 devised a planetary gear system to control the front drive ratio. It allows the rider to coast as well.
They went all in by going with disc brakes with two rotors on the front. A suspension seatpost system is also designed in. The handlebar is adjustable in height too, with a quick release. And finally, different frame configurations are available that can adjust the riding position and wheelbase.
It seems like the MC2 is not just a new frame design concept, but it is also a showcase for many different component ideas that the engineers had. Below are some details.
MC2 designed in a height adjustable stem with a quick release. Although handy, handlebar height is not something you want to change often and giving it a quick release gives it a failure point for loss of control.
The engineers designed in a parallelogram type suspension seatpost for comfort. We haven’t verified if there is a damping system with this coil spring.
The MC2 frame stands for multi configurable. Its frame can have a short and stretched riding position, and can also be folded for portability.
The design of the MC2 is actually similar to the Radio Flyer tricycle that a lot of us started with. The pedaling position is grossly inefficient but it is a great fun to sit on or wreak havoc with. We’ve yet to ride the MC2 but we think we prefer the simple red bike.
For more information visit mc2bike.com.
This article is part of RoadBikeReviews’s coverage of the 2014 Eurobike trade show in Freidrichschafen, Germany. For more from Eurobike CLICK HERE.