Superstrata, a Silicon Valley bicycle brand, has launched what it claims to be the world’s first bespoke 3D printed e-bicycle.
According to The Engineer, the e-bicycle features an impact-resistant unibody carbon fiber frame. This is quite contrary to other carbon fiber bikes whose frames are glued and bolted together with numerous parts and fabricated from lesser advanced thermoset composite materials.
Each frame of SuperStrata’s creation is 3D printed in a single pass of continuous carbon fiber thermoplastic composite, ensuring seamless strength as no joints or glues are used while constructing the bicycle.
Thanks to the usage of next-gen thermoplastic materials, the bike’s frame is highly impact-resistant and extremely light as well at 1.3 kg.
The company has also utilized an advanced 3D printing process that allows the frame to be tailored to an individual’s height, weight, arm and leg lengths, riding positions and preferred stiffness levels.
This ensures customized stiffness – automatically adjusted with a computerized program – for each frame without the need for human intervention.
It is for this reason that Superstrata is claiming its bicycle to be the most versatile carbon fiber bike ever made – with over 500,000 combinations possible.
The engineering marvel comes in two variants: Terra, a bicycle retailing for $2,799; and Ion, an e-bicycle worth $3,999, that can be charged in two hours to provide a range of 55 miles.
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