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Week 11 The Toyota Prius Concept Bike: 11th

There is a choice to be made time something is built. It can be done the way that is tried-and-true, or you can into the unknown in hopes of that something better it was before. This is the path by the Toyota Prius and its designers. upon the familiar foundations of a the Prius is an optimized version of we were already familiar By blending cutting-edge technology simple, sustainable materials, the became a benchmark of efficiency, a to those who innovated and dared to it so, and the cornerstone of a philosophy that is the way we drive today. Knowing this philosophy isn’t applicable to cars, Toyota and LA set out on yet another venture into the by asking: What if the Prius a bicycle?

In search of an answer, and Saatchi enlisted the help of bike builder Parlee and the masterminds of Deeplocal to build the X Parlee (PXP) concept over the course of ten weeks. with the spirit of Prius, aero-road bike is also a machine that blends with the complex to become a more efficient version of that already exists.

innovation, feature and process in and on the PXP was inspired by the Prius and serves to it more efficient while ease of use. Its monocoque frame keeps the PXP lightweight increasing its durability and rideability. Its were molded into the and bottom bracket to increase along with countless tweaks that were and validated in the wind tunnels at A built-in dock for a smartphone riders to view information their speed, cadence and rate.

All of these features and more together to produce a bike to the Prius. But to truly encapsulate the Prius stands for, forward thinking was applied. by Deeplocal, a neurotransmitter-packed helmet and empowers the PXP’s rider to gears, as if by magic, just by about it.

A successful result of a exploration, the PXP proves that is always room for improvement. the car it was inspired by, it is able to go farther for and serves as a demonstration of what is when we look to the future and upon what we have accomplished to get there.

July 14

10 The Toyota Prius Project Bike: 10th Entry

It defines what is possible, it is our and it promises a better and brighter It’s what is changing the way we and it’s what made the Prius what it is today. But to innovate more efficient and means of transportation is a goal we believe should reach the four-wheeled vessels we have so accustomed to. So we asked ourselves:

if the Prius were a bicycle?

Ten weeks later, the fruit of a build between Parlee and Deeplocal has answered our question. the monocoque carbon-fiber frame to the brainwave operated shifter, the PXP bike is a purpose-built machine blends simplicity with the to become a better, more version of itself.

This has been an incredible journey leads into another. with the spirit of Prius, the PXP now has the to affect the future of cycling and tour the country to demonstrate the of asking: What if?

June 30

9 The Toyota Prius Project Bike: 9th Entry

Imagine shifting into a lower on your bike. Now imagine imagining yourself shifting actually shift your Confused? Don’t be.

Since our update, the engineering masterminds of have devised a system lets riders shift the gears without using a one of their appendages. Imbued the sort of forward thinking went into the design of the system lets riders an electronic shifter with own brain waves captured by a stuffed with neurotransmitters.

See how the PXP gives you the power of pseudo-telekenesis at

June 23

Week 8 The Toyota Project Concept Bike: 8th

Learning through doing. what we’ve been with the PXP. It’s to see how the early designs inform the form that is quickly shape.

This week. Prolly is releasing the first of the entire prototype in the wind and Parlee’s workshop. Now that been measured for efficiency, the will be reworked to make the ride fantastically advanced, as the Prius itself is in a constant of rebirth, being molded, and revised over and over always striving to create the car of the future.

See the PXP prototype in its full form for the time at

June 16

7 The Toyota Prius Project Bike: 7th Entry

This is all about concept meeting The team travels to Massachusetts to the PXP build at Parlee Cycles.

this project, it has been a to not simply build a “concept We wanted to push the boundaries of and technology, but not to a point where no longer applicable in the real The advancements made with the PXP are of their time, but not fictional.

The 3rd Gen grew in size from its but actually became more and thus improved its MPG rating. In our to mirror those Prius efficiencies, we’ve tested the aerodynamic properties in a wind

Looking for the most streamlined the team takes notes of spots and optimizes the final

Read as John Watson the Parlee workshop and watches the test session at

June 9

6 The Toyota Prius Project Bike: 6th Entry

Technology: It’s at the core of the identity. This week, the visits Pittsburgh’s Deeplocal to see how reverence for technology is being to the PXP.

May 25

Week 5 The Toyota Project Concept Bike: 5th

The build is upon us.

John of travels to Parlee’s to see the bike mold, the laid fiber and the frame beginning to its final form.

This bike, now with official of “PXP” is being crafted for a purpose. It’s constructed to the efficiency that defines the With its monocoque carbon-fiber the bike remains light and while providing a comfortable These are the defining characteristics of an aero-road bike.

The bike the same minute eye for detail as the Constantly sculpting the design to efficiency of the 2010 Prius 10 centimeters to its length and a mere 2.5 to its width. This seemingly revision actually reduced the overall wind resistance and coefficient, adding more per gallon.

Stay tuned at to see the many as-yet-unrevealed innovations to be to this concept bike.

May 12

4 The Toyota Prius Project Bike: 4th Entry

Carbon has become one of the choice materials in design, but it wasn’t always way. This week, Watson visits the Parlee where Bob Parlee became one of the builders to push boundaries carbon bike frames.

The Prius was designed for maximum creating a vehicle more than a Lamborghini. Those forward-thinking ideas are manifesting into the bike’s unique But shape is not enough. In order to that efficiency, carbon is being used to minimize While carbon fiber may not be the recyclable material, the Prius standards of conservation are being Parlee minimizes material by reusing their carbon-fiber for everything from cable to harnesses.

Week 3 The Toyota Project Concept Bike: 3rd

As we enter week three, begins to move from sketches to shaping physical John Watson is there to the techniques Parlee employs to this concept bike to Get a candid look inside process as John documents the of raw materials into this cycle.

Week 2 The Toyota Project Concept Bike: 2nd

The concept bike inspired by is in full swing.

Parlee has honing in on designs and materials will ultimately define bike. Drawing from the performance and drivability, the team has at what they call an road bike.” It combines the geometry of a time-trial bicycle and the of a road bike that is for both performance and distance. sketches allude to a bold new but also focus on the minute that demonstrate the bike’s to perform at the top of its class.

John Watson dives the build in this week’s post. colored with from the Parlee workshop.

Apr 21

1 Introduction to Toyota Prius Concept Bike

We’ve on one of the most respected names in to help build a bicycle Prius principles. Boston-based is applying their renowned and eye for design to the construction of this bicycle. John Watson, of cycling blog be covering the build on his site, on progress as well as showcasing from behind the scenes.

out John’s first blog to learn more about the from his perspective and what you can on seeing down the road. be linking to his articles throughout the eventually revealing the final here.

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