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Materialize

Awarded The Best One-Off Radical Custom Bicycle of the Year 2019 at the OBC CruiserCon in Las Vegas. It’s form manifests our incredible manufacturing capabilities. Materialize combines sophisticated design techniques and pure perseverance. Whilst every engineer in reach gave up on the very concept of this incredible bike, we decided not to. After 3 years of designing and searching for solutions, with the help of professionals in 3D printing and spray-on chrome technology* we managed to create a bike that shook the foundations of custom bikes. It’s form resembles a crystal of pyrite. Consisting of 11 parts sliding onto a steel, laser-cut frame, its perfect cubes intersect in a harmonic manor.
Electric, 3D printed and gold-chromed - this is a bike we’re truly proud of. It’s equipped with a 1000 Watt motor, a 20Ah battery and can reach 30 mph (50km/h). Custom made pedals, foldable handlebars, 144 spokes, just to name a few eye-catching parts. It’s been displayed in Las Vegas, at the World EXPO 2020 in Dubai, in palaces and major bike events around Poland. Materialize caught the attention of Will.I.Am of Black Eyed Peas, Slash of Guns N’ Roses and many more. It is our most precious bicycle worth every dollar of it’s $250 000 price tag.
 
*Companies: Trójwymiarowi.pl, ColorChrome Worldwide

Ice Bike

The attempt to create a theoretically impossible vehicle made of water became one of MAD Bicycles’s most recognized achievements. The Ice Bike became a staple in the world of custom-made bicycles and a milestone in the company’s artistic portfolio.
The idea of creating a vehicle consisting of a water-based frame led to disbelief of many and had to be fought for in order to be completed. The prototype design became a proving ground for every hipothesis brought up with the idea of a rideable frozen block. The seemingly pointless concept became plausible with the introduction of Pycrete, which appeared more than adequate for this project. The slab was created layer by layer of water and cellulose in a stainless mold in deep freezing conditions. Both, the front and the rear end of the world’s first bike made of ice, were bolted to anchors frozen deeply into the block of ice.
The idea of creating a vehicle consisting of a water-based frame led to disbelief of many and had to be fought for in order to be completed. The prototype design became a proving ground for every hipothesis brought up with the idea of a rideable frozen block. The seemingly pointless concept became plausible with the introduction of Pycrete, which appeared more than adequate for this project. The slab was created layer by layer of water and cellulose in a stainless mold in deep freezing conditions. Both, the front and the rear end of the world’s first bike made of ice, were bolted to anchors frozen deeply into the block of ice.

HoHoHo

The Guinness World Record for the tallest rideable bicycle speaks for itself. The feat was performed by Adam Zdanowicz in December of 2020 to prove to a local school community that one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure. The so-called tall bike movement has been around for years and inspired Adam to create another unusual art piece. The tallest bike in the world was made partially out of recycled bicycle frames welded into a shape of a giant Christmas Tree. Constructing the frame took over a month and required cutting the structure in half to get it outside the previous MAD workshop. Students of the local primary school (SP43) along with their parents helped to deconstruct useless bicycles, creating a giant truss supporting the weight of the rider. Measuring 7,41m (over 24ft) the tallest bicycle in the world was ridden by Adam Zdanowicz for over 100 metres, therefore breaking the record set in 2013 by Richie Trimble.

Ambigram

While the Spaghetti bike has been the proof that any structure can become a rideable piece, the Ambigram induces the cognitive dissonance to prove that one can utilize a theoretically irrelevant shape in a vehicle.
Though both bikes were built within the same artistic scholarship received from the Mayor of Białystok, the Ambigram surprises the viewer with its unconventional hidden value. By flipping the image of the bicycle upside down, one can clearly notice, that it creates the same shape one sees when observing the bike normally. Although in the alternative view it cannot be ridden, the perceived image is identical to the rideable original. The viewer’s typical reaction of astonishment, leads him to denial of his previous view of the so-called rideable, triangular bicycle truss. Therefore the objective of the invention is met - deconstructing the viewer’s understanding of a design leads to further questioning his/her environment which in psychological terms is called subverting the status quo.

Spaghetti

The concept of a bike consisting merely of tangled tubing is an attempt to interpret cognitive biases within function and form. Most bike frames are designed in a triangular shape due to structural reasons. We decided to create the „Spaghetti” because many people identify a bicycle with one shape only. That’s because biases such as the Default Bias or the Cognitive Dissonance tend to prevent us from denying the existing shapes and figuring out new ones. The MAD Bicycles design studio manifests the opposite. Every day we do our best to prove that there’s more than what we have seen so far. We feel the need to show people that the possibilities are endless. That „impossible” is just a word in a dictionary, but it’s definitely not inside the MAD Dictionary.
„The Pasta Bike” „Spaghetti” or „The Tangled Earphone Cord” are just a few names viewers have come up with so far. The bicycle took a month of welding to complete. We used 70 metres of steel tubing to create it. We even made our own rims and crank arms for this project. It’s a completely rideable art piece equipped with a 3 gear hub. The icing on the cake is the glow-in-the-dark powder coating we finished the Spaghetti Bike with.
Jokingly, we describe the bike as a representation of a failed technical drawing. A drawing sketched by a designer, who eventually scribbled it out, unsatisfied with the end result. Though the drawing was rejected by the author, it mistakenly may have gotten in the manufacturing process and was brought to life in the MAD workshop.

Folky

Incorporating traditional designs has been the company’s direction for a decade. Numerous artistic scholarships flourished in different styles of themed MAD Bicycles. Since tradition is the foundation of every culture, folk-inspired bikes have become a completely natural branch of our creative thinking.
The wooden, Podlachian-inspired, electric bicycle became the Polish Pavilion’s (which was also made of wood) hallmark. Combined with holographic displays inserted inside its wheels, a new type of show bike was created. Projecting patterns originating in Polish cultural heritage, Folky is a fully rideable, electrically-powered art piece, that takes environmentally friendly design to another level.
Inspired by previous tradition-inspired creations, Adam Zdanowicz brought the best into a single handmade vehicle. The purpose of doing so is to prevent old designs from being forgotten and whipped out by the insignificant, yet exciting novelties.

alu-frost

Behold, the result of a collaboration between Alufrost laser cutting and MAD Bicycles. The bicycle’s clear, distinctive line is inspired by patterns widely known in mass culture: Eddie Van Halen's guitar and the motif used in the outer shell of the Beijing National Stadium.
The sophisticated intersecting design wasn’t chosen accidentally. The cutting and bending capabilities of Alufrost's CNC machines determined the design direction taken by Adam Zdanowicz and his team. Strips of stainless steel wrap around the bike, creating a structural layer that gives the bike its design character. Its body was defined partly by the machines’ capabilities. You can clearly see the distinctive bending lines, and some of the connecting stainless parts. The bike is equipped with standardized bicycle mechanisms housed in unique wheels, the likes of which have not been seen on any bicycle in the world yet. Unusual handlebars made of stainless steel rods emphasize the significance of the bicycle, but form-wise, they refer to classic cruiser handlebars. The unisex frame allows it to be used by both men and women, and the built-in gears make smooth movement across boulevards possible. This cycling phenomenon is a synthesis between Polish technical thought and manufacturing capabilities that together fulfill the boldest of dreams.

Gamer’s Bike

An instant classic and at the same time a ridiculous novelty. You cannot mistake the frame for anything, but the game’s iconic pipe maze. At first glance the unusual frame does not reveal its single-sided nature. Not until you observe the bike from the other side. The idea behind the design process was to customize as many parts as possible within a given time frame. Before the 2022 Las Vegas CruiserCon that is. Gamepad-like pedals, coin inspired wheels, wrench handlebars and a hat-turned-saddle are just a few of the unique custom-made parts, we dared to manufacture.

Wave

This strictly confidential design is still kept under wraps to ensure that the next OBC CruiserCon in Las Vegas becomes a historical event with the most technologically sophisticated bicycle ever to be presented at the event. The design process was inspired by the collaboration between MAD Bicycles and the Kotniz yacht company. Expected date of premiere April 2023.