Shibusa is a hassle-free commuting solution for getting to and from work while maintaining the ability of enjoying bike-riding in other recreational situations. Designed by industrial designer Elvin Chu, the Shibusa Bicycle offers the benefit of a capable electric-assist bicycle maintaining the spirit of a human-powered bike when the necessary components are swapped out. Modular componentry that is both upgradeable and interchangeable means that personal appeal and possibilities far surpass that of current bicycles on the market.


“As cities continue to grow in population, transportation starts to become a major issue. City dwellers don’t necessarily need cars, but typically aren’t inclined to commute by walk,” explains Elvin Chu. “Current electric bike offerings are either very limited in flexibility or lack appeal. Our opportunity lies in a hybrid solution that keeps the appeal of a tradition bicycle while offering electric-assist for long commutes.”


Derived from initial concepts, we arrived at a solution that yielded a platform and systems design approach that offers the flexibility our target users need, he adds.

The project, sponsored by SRAM and directed by Kevin Shankwiler, is the result of a nine-week study of Elvin Chu in collaboration with Joshua Dycus and Courtney Gruber.

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all images courtesy of Elvin Chu