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Fovno car-top rack combines electric suction with an inverted bicycle

Fovno car-top rack combines electric suction with an inverted bicycle

We’ve seen a bike rack on the car before that uses electric suction cups, and we’ve also seen a rack that carries the bike upside down. However, the new ES-H1B from Fovno combines both functions in one unusual product.

The system consists of two suction cups clamped to either end of the handlebars (while the bike is still off the car, right side up), a third suction cup attached to the seat and a suction cup equipped electronic control box. All four components are connected to each other via pneumatic hoses.

Once the cups are attached to the bike, it is turned upside down and placed on the roof – so that the cups come into contact with the metal – along with the box. When the box’s on/off button is pressed, an electric pump inside the unit draws air from all four suction cups, creating a negative pressure that causes them to suck down onto the roof.

Should the seal on one of the cups subsequently break, the control box will reportedly detect the loss of pressure and respond by resealing the cup. In addition, an alarm sounds on a wirelessly connected console-mounted module in the car to alert the driver of the situation.

According to Fovno, the cups can be placed on the car first before loading the bike – although it sounds easier to attach them to the bike at first

Fovno Techo

The system works with both flat handlebars and drop handlebars and can be expanded to carry a second bike – in that scenario, the three cups on each of the two bikes connect to a single control box. That box weighs 650g (1.4lb), is powered by a 3,400mAh lithium battery (there’s no word on runtime) and is IP65 water resistant – that means it can withstand low-pressure jets from any direction. The total weight for the entire system is 3.3 kg (7.3 lb).

The Fovno ES-H1B rack was recently unveiled at Eurobike and should retail for US$295.

Source: Fovno Techo through pink bike

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