10 Best Bike Innovations From Oregon Manifest 2011

IDEO/Rock Lobster Faraday Electric Assist

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Faraday E-Assist Bike photo
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This bike is not just leather-and-metal beauty -- it also has an ingenious electric assist.

The IDEO and Rock Lobster collaborators put the lithium ion battery in the Faraday's top frame tube and the controller/on switch is concealed at tube's end behind a mint green metal plate.

You power up with an easy flick of the handlebar switch. Though the assist's range is short (30-40 minutes) it's perfect for a little help up city hills, and oh-so-elegantly integrated.

Photo: April Streeter