I was about to call this Ideo electric commuter bike the best, well, something, but that's just not the case. It won an important competition in Oregon, the Manifest bike building competition, and that's where the accolades stop.

That's not necessarily a bad thing, however. The bike is a simple yet sharp take on the commuter bike, and was cozy with the competition's stated goal of getting more people on bikes (the motor helps the not-so-willing get up a hill, for example).


The bike, a prototype called Faraday, cost about $5,000 to create, which includes a 24-volt 250-watt motor that kicks in with the flick of a thumb-controlled switch on the left handlebar. The lithium-ion batteries are stored in the peculiar top tubes—this is done on purpose so that the bike keeps its bike aesthetics and doesn't venture into moped territory. [CNET]