István Varjas, the inventor of the newest generation of electric servomechanism bicycles, has been in the news quite a lot recently. 444.hu writes that he became a bicycle engineer and team manager after being a cyclist and now, a French fact-finding television series presented him as the newest protagonist of cycling dope. He invited the French crew into his workshop, where he showed them the newest development of the genre: the electromagnetic wheel.
This is basically a permuted electromotor, which doesn’t have a moving part in the traditional sense of the word, as most of the components (mostly magnets) are hidden inside the wheel so that they also move together with the wheel. Only the electromagnet and the battery are hidden in the bicycle itself. The advantage of the construction is that, while it’s silent, it gives more plus energy to the competitors than the formerly fashionable axle at the pedal’s driving rods or the electric solution hidden in the hub. It doesn’t warm up and it’s hard to detect its presence due to the carbon body of the modern wheels. The inventor believes that its only flaw could be the 2 kg wheels, but professional teams deliver so many wheels that the chance of this presenting a real problem seems quite small.
What 444.hu found especially funny about the episode was how the Hungarian inventor smiled so cheerfully and approvingly when the French reporter mentioned that these new generation wheels are so expensive that only teams willing to cheat on competitions could be potential buyers, as an amateur wouldn’t pay 50-200 thousand euros for one wheel.
István Varjas previously told that through inventing these electric servomechanism bicycles he originally intended to help civilians who lost one of their legs in the Yugoslavian civil war. Then he draw attention to the fact that he seems to have invented something like a knife, which can be used to cut bread but which can also be used to kill with, depending on who uses it and how. “It’s not my fault” he says at one point. And when the reporter said that nobody would buy a wheel for 50-200 thousand euros, he cheerfully answered: “I wouldn’t have invented it, if it didn’t make sense”.
He added that the super wheel, which only needs a very small battery, as it recharges on downhills, is remote-controlled from a mobile application or even a Breitling watch that has an antenna.
The television crew had some footage from competitions, shot with a caloric camera, and they analysed the footage together with Varjas, and showed him how the users of the motor were glommed. They agreed that the international federation doesn’t deal enough with the revelation of machine dope. After the episode the federation denied this in a publication.
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