Continuing our tradition of reporting on practical and contemporary designer bicycles we stumbeled apon ‘another one’! We introduce to you the ‘Plus Bike’. Designed by Fabio Bortolani and Ermanno Righi from Dovetusai Studios or Erman.Bike.
The electric bike, bought from e bikes UK is a clean, minimalistic and technical savvy designed tubular framed bicycle. The Frame, the finish and practical implementation of tech immediately caught our eye. The shape of the tubular frame stands out, and makes you wonder if it’s even possible. Besides this thought catching you off guard for a second, the clean cut all white tubes are really mesmerizing. The wireless design, leather handles, built in LED lighting, adjustable flying black saddle and other black touches finish the aesthetic of this amazing Plus Bike.
Looking at the pictures you might see a resemblance to another bike we devoted a previous article to. Well designer Ermanno Righi doesn’t beat around the bushes on how what his thoughts are about that. Her refers to the bike on his Erman.Bike website as – “Plus bike is the first one, the most copied (we wont mention a now famous Dutch company)”
With the now famous ‘Dutch Company’ he most likely means the Amsterdam based bicycle company ‘Van Moof‘. Have a look at an article we did on a Van Moof bicycle here.
We thought this was a funny and ballsy-af statement from the Italian designer in what seems like a little hip-hop like ´bike beef´
Wuhahaha.. Sorry we just had to package that last sentence like this! bear with us..
Ermanno Righi was born in Carpi October 4, 1955, he studied engineering and had a successful career in private companies up to management levels. In the late 80s leaving multinational companies because of dissatisfaction he became a freelancer and consultant in all different sectors of mechanics. For private clients or in collaboration with research institutes he has developed many innovative projects. He has founded and participates in several research companies and development projects that are successful in the field of advanced technology. Developing patents, he has accumulated more than 15 in applied mechanics in all different product sectors. Research and development continues today to be his main business, but his biggest passion is the creation (designing and building) of bicycles.
An architect and designer in constant evolution, Fabio Bortolani lives and works in Spilamberto in the province of Modena, where he was born in 1957. His experience includes numerous collaborations with various Italian and foreign companies, including Agape, Authentics, Alessi, Calligaris, Driade, Cappellini, Teracrea, Zilio, Tonelli and others. After graduating in architecture from the University of Florence, in 1991 he began working as a designer, an activity for which he has received many international awards, including the acquisition of segreta in 1997, a mini-scale stool designed for Driade, by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Design Plus prize in Frankfurt. In 2001 he received the selection of Compasso doro with the product Djerba, a liquid soap dispenser designed for Agape.
As a creative mind that has designed and created everything from a couch to a house, we love his bicycles best!
Captivated? Get more information on this and other bikes by these men here