A folding scooter that allows you to glide down mountains
November 20, 2012, 3:43 pm
Named Bergmonch, it is a downhill scooter from Netherlands cycle manufacturer Koga. It is a lightweight scooter that can be carried in a rucksack up a mountain and it can bring you down safely as it allows you to glide downhill in a standing or kneeling position.
It was invented by designers Thomas Kaiser and Christian Wassermann.
Climbing uphill, it can be carried on your back. Then within just two minutes it can be unfolded and ready to ride, mutated into an all-terrain scooter which can be ridden either standing or kneeling on the rucksack.
The manufacturers claim that the upright riding position and different sized wheels ensure perfect handling and safety as you wind your way down.
The company points to studies that show 67 per cent of all mountaineers suffer from knee and ankle problems because when walking downhill, our joints have to cope with several times the amount of our own weight, the Daily Mail reports.
The Bergmonch, which means 'Mountain Monk', can be used on mountain bike tracks and paths, as well as smoother roads. It is perfectly capable of covering large distances effortlessly, say KOGA.
The conversion from rucksack to bike is simplicity itself. Just three steps without tools set it up as a downhilling device.
Braking for the Bergmonch comes courtesy of Shimano hydraulic disk brakes.
When downhilling it acts as a cushioned kneeler.
he rucksack is ergonomically designed and offers plenty of storage space for day-tripping (25 litres in total) and it has attachment points for walking poles and helmet.
In the long run, the makers hope their product will make Alpine tourism safer and more sustainable by reducing reliance on railways and toboggan runs to transport mountain bikes to the summits.
The main frame is telescopic and the rear suspension offers 80mm of travel, with the air suspension adjustable to the rider's weight.