Our word of the day is skeleton.
When you look at our i300 carbon bike technology, the first thing you’ll notice is the ergonomic excellence that is our exoskeleton. It’s the foundation of our design and the launch point for our timeless ideas. It’s as out-of-the-box as you can get.
Zapp is built on 3 pillars: sustainability, efficiency, and eternity. We started designing from scratch, and we do not design just for design sake. We’re jumping the gun on what will be expected from the design world, and carving a path for those looking to ditch design practices that have long been shallowly luxurious.
More than just luxury.
We’re claiming luxury in partnership with perpetuity.
And what we mean by perpetuity and eternity is that each component of our bike was designed with the future in mind. If you’ve read up on our groundbreaking modular scheme (link to ZAPP_1 article), you’re already familiar with endless potential for repairing and upgrading your bike.
In combination with Zapp’s aerospace grade, ultra-lightweight, two load bearing aluminium chassis (inspired by geometric manipulation) – we designed a shape that maximised support and strength while minimising material usage. Effortless ergonomics. With it’s iconic shape, the body of our bike is the epitome of balance and foregrounds Newton’s Third Law of Motion: For every force, there is an equal and opposite force.
It doesn’t stop there.
Then there’s our IPM (Internal Permanent Magnet) motor. Providing near constant power over a broad speed range, IPM motors are top tier for their thermal management. They’re also able to generate nearly the same amount of torque density as their SPM motor predecessors at a lower cost.
With magnets inserted into slots stamped in the laminations of the rotor, IEEE fellow and author Jim Hendershot affirms our second pillar of efficiency: “You use less magnet material because you get some of the torque from the saliency of the rotor, plus you have the superior control of the magnetization of the magnetic circuit by D and Q axis control of the current, which allows you to operate very efficiently over very wide speed range,”. Furthermore he went on to add: “The fact that the rotor is robust is a bonus.”.
The importance of being bold.
Taking the ground-up approach was certainly daring, but we’d like our riders and our design to be the same amount of daring.
We consciously chose to take the less popular approach to the age-old allegory. Because why continue to fill the world up with wheels when you can reinvent the wheel?