photo credits @ Very Special Things – Carson Blume
We’ve seen some pretty far-flung concept bikes in the past, but the EFF YOU SEE EYE, is about the most futuristic design we’ve ever come across.
Designed by Specialized’s Creative Director, Robert Egger, the bike is truly a sight to behold.
For those astute readers, the EFF YOU SEE EYE, is a thinly veiled dig at cycling ‘s governing body, the UCI .
The UCI makes the ultimate determination on what bikes are, or aren’t, allowed to be raced in professionally sanctioned races, and they’re notorious for sidelining bikes that push the boundaries of innovation and design. To wit:
“If at the start of a competition or stage the commissaires’ panel considers that a rider arrives with a technical innovation or an equipment not yet accepted by the UCI, it shall refuse to permit the rider to start with such an innovation.” – Excerpt, UCI Technical Regulations
With that in mind, the EFF YOU SEE EYE, turns out to be somewhat of an anagram, which boldly expresses Egger’s attitude toward the UCI, as in “FUCI”. Get it now ? 😀
Egger explains in detail, the background and inspiration for creating the FUCI.
“The UCI really caters to a very small population,” says Egger, during a chat in the recently re-designed ‘concept gallery’ at Specialized HQ, “but there’s so many other people out there who couldn’t care less about the UCI. They don’t follow the racing and they don’t even know all the limitations that are put on bikes for the UCI riders. So, my feeling was let’s design a bike for someone who really just wants to go fast on a road bike.
“I didn’t look at every UCI limitation per se,” he says. “I just started with the fact that I’m not going to be limited by wheel size, I’m not going to be limited by tubing diameter or tubing shape, I’m not going to be limited by aerodynamic advantage, and I’m not going to be limited by, you know, not being able to have a cargo area where I can carry stuff. So really, there were no rules.
“Going from working with a lot of rules to no rules is really intoxicating. No one can tell me what to do. For me personally, it’s actually why I do a lot of these bikes. Because I can just do whatever the fuck I want, right? It’s important to be given that freedom to do whatever you want, where no one can say, ‘Hey, you can’t do that!’ We need that as creative people—to do things that are innately ours and innately different than what the confinements tell us to do.”
You can read more about Egger’s FUCI, via the link below.
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