It's not unfair to say most sleek designy bikes are garbage from a practical perspective. Aesthetically speaking designers despise hubs, spokes, angular frames, familiar components and the basic engineering that makes bikes work. Thankfully the Stadtfuchs is a foxy new release from Urwahn Bikes in Magdeburg, Germany, and a pleasant departure from these edgy frame adaptations.
A city bike after my own heart, it is intended to offer the gearing and ride qualities that you'd actually want around town, while the frame itself takes on a familiar conceit - less frame is cooler!
To accomplish that bendy minimal look, the design incorporates 3D-printed joints made through additive selective laser melting. The stainless steel frame and super curved rear triangle (or 2/3 triangle?) offer impact dampening, and clearance for fat slick tires helps too.
The Stadtfuchs also integrates bulby alien-looking LED lights, driven by dynamo hubs. They seem minimally illuminating but certainly add some odd pragmatism to that rubbery wishbone rear end for a fun yet practical take on the modern commuter bike.