AOI.CYCLE is a Kaohsiung based bicycle brand which was founded by the industrial designer, Ken Aoi, in 2010. Its signature bicycle was originally developed for the designer’s own use while studying at design college. He attempted to change the structure of the traditional bike in order to differentiate it from other styles. After a long period of acute observation, Ken was inspired by the curve of the riders’ backs while cycling, and put it into his design. He successfully reformed the conventional diamond shape to a more innovative skeleton shape of frame. The streamline silhouette with its fine metal touch redefines the aesthetics of a city bike.
Aside from its unique design, Ken is concerned with every detail of the product, especially the materials used to create them. The frames are constructed with stainless steel, and must be carefully polished in order to preserve their metallic luster as well as to reduce the pollution created by using lacquer coatings. This approach has been inspired by Ken’s father, a distinguished mechanical engineer who has run a traditional manufacturing company for 37 years. Ken combines elements of industrial design and mechanical manufacturing technology to create new bike designs.
The corporate ethos is to create timeless and refined products, crafting every bicycle in a meticulous manner. Hence, every year AOI Cycle only produces a hundred, made-to-measure, units for each of its customers. Seeing their faces full of content and joy is the driving force for the company to persistently pursue its dreams.
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