The Bergmönch is a mountain bike that can be worn as a backpack for the uphill climb, but can be unfolded for a two-wheeled ride back down.
It was only a few weeks ago that we covered Hive’s hybrid snowshoe with the ability to glide downhill, and recently we came across an innovation that brings similar flexibility to hikers navigating other types of terrain. Specifically, the Bergmönch is a mountain bike that can be worn as a backpack for the uphill climb but then can be unfolded for a two-wheeled ride back down. Weighing just 9 kg, the Bergmönch folds into a small backpack that rests comfortably on the back, providing easy access to equipment and provisions on the trek up a mountain. When it’s time to come back down, however, the device unfolds in two minutes and converts into a fully spring-mounted downhill vehicle capable of handling rough terrain. Riders can kneel during the trail’s smoother stretches and then stand up during the rough sections. The video below demonstrates the Bergmönch in action: Priced at EUR 1,499, the Bergmönch is now available through numerous European dealers. Retailers and tourism entrepreneurs in other parts of the globe: one to get involved with?