When you get bored out of your life and want to have some adventure, what can be more interesting than riding a bike in Antartica? B.U.T., can you ride the bike in Antarctica that you bought from a shop that is in the next block? I guess not. Just like cars have Land Rover, bikes have Christini AWD Bike.
Below are the excerpts of the interview between I Innovate Magazine and Steve from Christini
The name Christini sounds pretty interesting. How did you land with such a cool name?
Steve – I wish I could come up with something more exciting, but I can’t. It’s my last name! We tried various names that would represent the company like 2-Trac or 2X2 or something of that nature. But everything was taken or trademarked. So, as it’s a very uncommon last name and has the feel of Italian racing sound, we stuck with it.
Tell us more about Christini.
Steve – In the summer of 1994, Steve Christini went out for a mountain bike ride and came back with an idea. It had rained earlier that day making the conditions a bit slippery, though nothing that many riders don’t face on a regular basis. After losing traction on his rear wheel a couple of times Steve, a senior Mechanical Engineer at Villanova at the time, started thinking: why not power both wheels?
After a few sketches and a lot of thinking, it came to him: an internal drive shaft to the front wheel. Seems pretty simple, right? To make a longer story short, Steve, along with co-inventor Mike Dunn, made this their senior design project and turned a lot of heads. Several years, tons of sleepless nights and some great stories later, here we are.
Years later, Christini is now one of the premier design and development companies in the motorcycle industry. With the launch of their AWD Motorcycles in 2006 and the first production of their OEM motorcycles in 2012, they now supply bikes to customers, dealers, and the US and international military around the world.
Christini Technologies, Inc., located in Philadelphia, was formed in June of 1999 and is now the world’s leading developer of All-Wheel Drive Mountain Bikes and Motorcycles. Each member of the Christini Team lends their own special qualities which gel together to create a truly unique company that brings to you the next great innovation in mountain biking.
Who are the persons behind Christini? (Please provide co-founders’ photos)
Steve – I am the inventor and founder.