Michigan's Joey Ruiter Studio has a new prototype designed for inner city cycling. Inspired by the hobby horse and the café race scene, this bike's focus is clearly on the frame. It has been stripped down, shedding many key elements in order to create a new compact cycle. As Ruiter puts it, "The final design came down to a frame system and a really difficult rear hub. Everything else is rider preference."
"Before all of the bike fanatics get all fired up, we know this bike doesn't solve everyone's personal transportation dreams. Performance wise, the bike is on the slow side, quirky, and fatiguing over longer distances. Consider it a café racer with the performance of a beach cruiser. The positives are easy quick turns, huge power to the rear wheel to go over curbs and other city scape structures, and great start / stopping / sitting situations."
"We re-thought everything 2-wheeled with simplicity in mind. This is as stripped as you can get."
"The bike components can vary, but overall it would be made up of 29" rims, huge big apple tires, a rear hub (planetary internal freewheeling, unicycle through axle) and a single front disc brake."