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$1,000 Bike Desks, Airless Tires & More - The Best MTB Adjacent Tech From the CES Show

Jan 9, 2023 at 4:48
by Ed Spratt  
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is back for 2023 and with it comes the usual mix of wacky and wonderful tech. With the rise of electric vehicles, we've started to see cycling and even mountain bikes represented at the Las Vegas event in recent years, so we normally check-in for trends and cool products.



Acer bike desk

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One of the first reveals at this year's show is Acer's new bike desk.

The memorably named eKinekt BD 3 is able to convert energy for pedal power to help charge laptops and other devices. Acer is looking to sell the desk for $1,000 and says it is "a creative way for professionals to combat sedentary lifestyles."



Icoma Tatamel

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The Icoma Tatamel is a new bike that is able to fold up to the size of a suitcase. During its development, the Japanese designers wanted to make it practical for riders so the onboard battery can charge USB devices. The bike uses a hub motor to hit a top speed of 25mph although this could be pretty scary on 10-inch wheels.



CAKE's First ebike

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After launching an electric offroad motorcycle in 2018, CAKE were at CES showing off its fist e-bike, a $6,500 cargo bike.

CAKE says the Åik utility bike is designed for "working professionals who rely on two-wheeled transportation for their livelihood or indeed for the demanding lifestyle requirements of individuals. Not to be mistaken as just an e-bike, it is a utility tool that redefines the category with an unsurpassed range and power of up to 224 miles and gross vehicle weight of 441 pounds."

One 750 Wh battery will power the Åik for 74.5 miles but riders can add up to three batteries to hit the max range of up to 224 miles. Riders can also use the batteries to power other electronic devices.



METL Airless Tires

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The METL tire from The SMART Tire Company is an airless tire that uses Shape Memory Alloy Radial Technology (SMART).

Unlike past showings of the METL tire there are now integrated rubber treads that can be retreated making this a potentially sustainable option.



iSportsWearR


iSportsWearR from Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute uses contactless low-energy Bluetooth, radar and more to track health data in real-time. The technology is claimed to be able to be "integrated into accessories such as sunglasses and bike handle grips to provide real-time detection and continuous monitoring of physiological parameters."



EgoSportive Smart Bed

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The EgoSportive Smart Bed by Ergomotion claims to allow you to recover faster and improve sports performance by tracking your sleep with "advanced smart sensor technology."

Costing €3,990 for a double bed there are three adjustable positions with biometric health sensors and a headboard with LED lights. Built into the bed is an anti-snore mode and USB ports.




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114 Comments
  • 200 0
 Looking forward to explaining to people on the phone why I'm breathing so hard while on the Acer. Should probably wait for the pedal assist version.
  • 120 0
 longer lower n slacker please
  • 16 0
 Ebike desk?
  • 99 0
 I want my e charger cables going through the headset.
  • 11 0
 i want a desk that pedals my legs.
  • 8 1
 What air pressure you running?
  • 21 2
 waiting for the kashima model
  • 11 1
 I’d like high pivot please
  • 74 1
 Waiting for the motorized version won't help because you'll still get the exact same workout in, or so I'm told.
  • 34 0
 finally an excuse to wear lycra in the office!
  • 13 0
 Saw desks like this in a train station once in France with people sweating to refill their laptops.
Looking forward to seeing them pedaling to refill their e-bikes and e-scooters batteries Smile
  • 13 0
 What no built in toilet??
  • 4 0
 The first person to fall off and make a claim."I was on my bike desk in the office". Agent:"Wait? You're what?"
  • 17 0
 @oldschool43: I was just working along...
  • 12 0
 Does the desk run the power cable through the headtube?
  • 19 1
 The bike desk looks like a session.
  • 4 0
 @danstonQ: could be the future of working from home, especially in the winter. Just need a feed into your main electricity supply and you'll not only save on heating, you'll be topping up electric too. Might end up hanging washing on it instead though.
  • 6 0
 Now you can charge your ebike you ride to work, while at work........all you have to do is pedal your self.....
  • 7 0
 Some exec at Acer finally watched Black Mirror and decided that it was a great idea
  • 7 0
 Is it superboost though? I am worried that we will have to go through all of the standards iterations again and my current bike desk will quickly be obsolete.
  • 1 1
 @nickfranko: that episode is the first thing that came to my mind too. That, and you could pedal to charge your ebike....
  • 5 0
 @DBone95: Man, it's same thing, you'll just get more done!
  • 4 0
 Don't judge me for that, but I actually like it. Of course one won't be doing a full workout on that thing. But I guess even slow pedaling is better than just sitting still for the whole day ‍♂️
  • 6 0
 @kcy4130: I was just writing along...
  • 18 0
 Please, Please, Please huck this to flat in super slow motion...
  • 4 0
 Hardtails rule once again!
  • 3 2
 Crotch sweat, meat nancy. Nancy, crotch sweat.
  • 4 2
 No bottle mount, no deal.
  • 1 2
 pretty bitchin sissy bar though...
  • 1 2
 Pinion internal gearboxes are difficult to self-service
  • 1 2
 H Stern..
  • 3 1
 @stunnanumma1: Wear a skirt, get a fan.
  • 1 0
 @ZiggyM: Ambient.
  • 4 0
 It’d better be running 155 cranks or I’m out
  • 1 0
 @gnarnaimo: saving that for V2
  • 2 0
 @Rexuis-Twin: kashima dropper post or no deal!
  • 40 1
 That Icoma is bad ass. The Honda City in the 80s was a Kei car that came with a small scooter called the Motocompo in the trunk. This is like a modern version of that. It even looks similar.
  • 6 0
 Honda City definitely wasn't a kei car
  • 3 0
 @zyoungson: Sub compact. Correct
  • 3 1
 I don’t know why 10” wheels would be scary, my Vespa has 10” wheels and it’ll do 60mph. That doesn’t feel sketchy at all.
  • 9 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: your vespa has 10" diameter wheels......and then a tire wrapped around it. so it's more like 18" diameter. this thing is true 10".
  • 1 4
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: your vespa tyres weigh what, 10kg each?
  • 5 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: yeah, exactly. Lime/Bird scooters go 20 mph (I think) and those have 6" wheels and people (I've heard) use them drunk with no helmets
  • 2 2
 @Mtbdialed: that front wheel looks to be closer to a 10” wheel wrapped in a tire. The rear looks tiny, but that shouldn’t matter as much. I think geometry as a whole makes more of a difference than tire/wheel dia (with exceptions) the biggest issue would be hitting a pothole at 25mph.
  • 3 0
 @jmd07aa: I’ve seen modded scooters exceed 30mph. Those things terrify me.
  • 3 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: If you have not seen this yet, devote some of your time and watch clips of the ESC- eSkootr Championship. It is more entertaining than most motorsports, including F1. Sorry @mikelevy but it is true. It is hilarious and insane, all at the same time. They zip along at over 60 mph.
  • 4 0
 @jmhills: I saw some of this on YT, the e-unicycle races were nuts! Check the OneWheel off-road races for similar entertainment.
  • 4 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: 10" ain't dead.
  • 1 0
 @jmd07aa: In my small city (600k) we had about 100 people a day at the "ER" just due to crashes and shit on those things last summer. Mostly broken bones and a fair bit of head injuries.
  • 1 1
 @jmd07aa: I literally spent around and hour sitting in front of a mini bike rental area next to a bar. Close to half of the people who tried to ride them couldn't make it 10 feet before the decided to walk, or ended up crashing within eyesight.

Drunk people aren't good role models, or a good sample size for vehicle safety.
  • 2 0
 @jmd07aa: Can confirm. Used Lime scooter when drunk in Budapest, much fun, didn't die. That said, when sober doing full speed felt very sketchy with no lid on!
  • 1 0
 I was living in Okinawa from Feb 2020 to Sept 2022. I was fortunate enough to see a Honda City with a red motocompo. It was awesome. They had the coolest cars show up to these 'custom car nights' that happened every 4th saturday. So much cool stuff if you're a JDM car fan.
  • 38 0
 The head angle and reach on the Acer bike desk make it basically unrideable. I'm waiting for the enduro-specific version. Short cranks are on point, though!
  • 2 0
 Has a bottle mount, people still need to complain about something...
  • 36 1
 the first couple i was laughing, the next couple the smile dropped and by the end i was crying in sorrow at the endless e waste innovation, is there any products in this list that wont be landfill within a few years?
  • 5 0
 Yeah but if all those waste still works, soon enough we’ll be able to plug our USB devices directly into the dirt and there will be a real chance of power delivery
  • 7 0
 That's a cool feature of late stage capitalism- Nothing is repairable and everything has been VE'd to take out as much cost as possible (so it will likely break/fail). Now you get the privilege of having that endorphin rush from buying the same junk every 3 years instead of 10-15!
  • 1 1
 Do you where to turn it on? But do you know where to turn it on?
  • 2 0
 I don't consider myself a treehugger or go too far out of my way to be upset about consumerism, but some of this stuff is just plain nonsense. Agree it will all be landfill junk.
  • 2 0
 Pegged it. This (mostly) looks like the kinda shit ya'd see in a SkyMall magazine, or some crap sitting on your great aunts coffee table... no wonder the world is f*cked.
  • 27 1
 I ride bikes to get away from the desk.
  • 6 0
 Could get your winter 4-6 hr base rides in more easily. Time away from the desk could be even more epic
  • 6 0
 You have to admit though it's a nice option if you REALLY love pedaling. Which it sounds like you do.
  • 2 0
 The point is if that's impossible and you can't leave.
  • 4 0
 I have sat on my trainer doing a light ride for meetings that I have to be on and know I am going to have basically no involvement on just to get legs moving.
  • 21 0
 Acer Bike Desk is literally Black Mirror coming to life, lmao.
  • 20 0
 I love how "smart" is associated with these products. If you have to claim it, it probably isn't it.
  • 13 0
 The seat on that Acer looks like it's designed to cause nerve damage and general pain.
  • 9 0
 it looks like they stole it from an Applebee's bar
  • 8 0
 One of the biggest ironies of shitty bikes is that people who don’t ride bikes think regular bike seats must be horribly uncomfortable, so bike (and computer) companies sell shitty bikes with huge seats that non-bikers buy and never ride because they’re so uncomfortable
  • 9 1
 iSportsWearR; shaking my head in disappointment. "tech" needs to take a break. Just go ride your dang bike.
EgoSportive Smart Bed: Smart? USB ports? Oh yeah, every sleep expert has told me I should keep my phone powered up and next to my bed for better sleep habits.

Henry, please come up with a clever title for this article. You're the best curmudgeon for the task.
  • 2 0
 Fitbit sunglasses. Totally useless. Unless you get realtime update on the glasses like Recon goggles.
  • 8 1
 That CAKE bike for $6500, LOL!
  • 54 0
 reluctantly crouched at the starting line...
  • 4 0
 @WasatchEnduro: It better have a vibraslap mount.
  • 16 0
 @WasatchEnduro: top tube is perfect for a short skirt and a long jacket
  • 13 0
 I want a bike with a short reach and a loooooooooooooooong. . . long... long... battery life?
  • 14 0
 Price point aside, the CAKE is actually dope and a good way to get people away from 4-wheel vehicle trips. 224mi on those knobby tires is no joke for week-day use, and a 441lb carrying capacity is nuts. This is the direction I want to see from the e-bike world, not e-mtb waste that will break within a season.
  • 6 0
 Stick the add on the batteries to the Cake and the range is enormous. With the motor it'll certainly be quicker than my (non-e) cargo bike.
They're going the distance, they're going for speed.
  • 1 0
 @jim-the-saint: remember: these concept vehicles often smash into reality, and the specs are cut in half. Tale as old as time, this is marketing vaporware for now.
  • 6 1
 Dafaq?

That question was not asked enough when designing any of the above.
  • 4 0
 Don’t know about MTB adjacent, some of these look reality adjacent. That desk is straight out of Black Mirror.
  • 1 0
 All products come with Axe body spray for the dudes, extra long & durable fake fingernails for the ladies, a set of toss-in-the-trash-immediately kitchen utensils, and a Walmart bike. Actually the Walmart-bike might be pretty good compared to most of this garbage...
  • 3 0
 Yes, the Acer bike desk can charge your laptop. But it also has headset cable routing, so good luck with that.
  • 3 0
 The bike desk sounds great for agile teams. Can work in proper sprints at last.
  • 4 0
 Black Mirror 15 Million Merits SE1EP2
  • 2 0
 The first thought when I saw the bed was how many times I’m gonna trap my junk in those metal loops!
  • 1 2
 Anti-Snore mode. More like ultra-snore mode.
  • 1 0
 Cake needs to take the design guys from the e-bike division and send them back over to the e-cycle division and task them with making something that's not ugly.
  • 2 0
 The bed could offer a range of "creative positions" for active recovery and enhanced relaxation.
  • 2 0
 I'd make it lock your screen if you stopped spinning for more than 5sec.
  • 2 0
 60 degree seat tube angle on that desk bike made it dead on arrival
  • 2 0
 Ah, hey, wait, umm… I got nothing.
  • 5 3
 Pinkbike, get your shit together.
  • 2 0
 jibbing on that would be fun
  • 1 0
 What a name, "Icoma". And the way they stylized it looks like "Koma", which isn't much better.
  • 1 0
 The anti-snoring technology on that bed is probably an improved / increased hubby spacing.
  • 1 0
 Is she actually working, or just watching youtube vids? If second one, I am for that future at work!
  • 2 0
 That desk isn't slack enough
  • 1 0
 Not digging that 90 degree HT angle!
  • 2 0
 Urgh!
  • 1 0
 Woody Allen allready invented this desk

youtu.be/FCvtqy4-RS8
  • 1 0
 Welcome to a distopian future.
  • 1 0
 Icoma looks like the new DLC for mario kart
  • 1 0
 This is the appropriate place for headset cable routing.
  • 1 0
 The koma is kind of adorable though
  • 1 0
 Is there an e-desk range available?
  • 1 0
 15 million merits - and a loaded iPhone. Black Mirror future is here.
  • 1 0
 Sure looks like there's air inside those tires to me
  • 1 0
 Cool desk for people with ADHD.
  • 1 0
 useless
  • 2 5
 Just had my third jab, and feel kinda funny. Should I buy a stand up pedal desk, or a Defibrillator? Seriously wtf is going on?







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