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Posted on July 20, 2020 by  & 

Custom 3D-Printed Unibody Carbon Fiber E-Bicycle

Superstrata, a Silicon Valley-based bicycle brand, has unveiled its flagship product, the world's first made-to-measure 3D-printed e-bicycle with an impact-resistant unibody carbon fiber frame.
 
The Superstrata touts a true unibody construction, 3D-printed in a single pass of continuous carbon fiber thermoplastic composite. Unlike other carbon fiber bikes whose frames are glued and bolted together using dozens of individual parts and fabricated from previous-generation thermoset composite materials, the Superstrata frame is constructed without joints or glue for seamless strength. It's also produced using next-generation thermoplastic materials, making it extremely impact resistant, yet remarkably lightweight. For further information see the IDTechEx report on 3D Printing 2019-2029: Technology and Market Analysis.
 
Superstrata uses an advanced 3D-printing process which allows for an unprecedented level of customization. The frame can be tailored to riders' heights, weights, arm and leg lengths, riding positions and even preferred stiffness levels. With over 500,000 possible combinations, Superstrata is the most versatile carbon fiber bike ever made.
 
"This bike was designed to leverage all the benefits of this new manufacturing technology to get the best of both worlds: strength and lightness," said Bill Stephens, an award-winning bicycle designer and the creative force behind Superstrata.
 
 
Two versions will be available: 1) Terra, a bicycle and 2) Ion, an e-bicycle which can be fully charged in two hours, providing for up to a 55-mile range. Both Terra and Ion will feature integrated data and power wiring throughout the frame, enabling a variety of electronic upgrades. Additional options include: different riding styles (racing, street, gravel, or touring), wheel material (metal or carbon fiber), and colorways (light or dark).
 
"My Olympic race bikes were light, but would crack when pushed too hard or crashed. Having a bike that's light like other carbon fiber bikes but really tough is a dream come true," said Sky Christopherson, two-time former Olympian cyclist and world record holder for the velodrome sprint.
 
Source and top image: Superstrata
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