Posts in the category Concept

3D Printed Titanium Seatmast Topper Coming from Designer Spencer Wright

Spencer Wright 3D printed titanium seatmast topper for bicycles prototype

Designer Spencer Wright has been working on this 3D printed titanium seatmast topper for quite some time. What you’re seeing here is something like the 6th prototype made, and soon his first functional one will go to Germany for destructive testing.

The seatmast topper is meant to be both a commercially viable product and an experiment in future capabilities for using the process to create consumer goods. It’s made using DMLS (direct metal laser sintering) from 6/4 titanium powder and, yep, lasers.

To give you an idea on where the technology is, earlier this year this part was featured in an 3D metal printing industry guidebook, reporting that initial estimates for prototype production were about $1,000 to $2,400. Per piece…

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D-Fix Rear Hub Reinvents Wheel Removal – Remove the Wheel, Leave the Cassette

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In order to remove nearly every rear bicycle wheel, you have to separate the chain from the cassette. In certain instances, that can be prove to be tricky – not to mention the potential for grease to get on your hands, gloves, car trunk, etc. Jan Deckx thinks there is a better way.

As the inventor of D-Fix, Jan came up with a way to attach the hub and the cassette in a way that leaves the cassette in place when you remove the wheel. Sort of a thru-axle housed in a quick release hub, the cassette uses a spring loaded engagement system that retracts when the axle is removed. Jan tells us that he currently has 10,000 km on this hub pointing towards its durability.

Watch a video demonstration of the hub system next…

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Could You Tow An Enclosed Camper With Your Bike? With The Wide Path Camper, Yes

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It weighs just 88lbs unloaded, is fully enclosed, and is designed to be towed by bicycle. Those specs alone should be enough to make people take notice of the Wide Path Camper, a small, lightweight trailer designed just for bike camping.

Most enclosed campers are known for being grossly large, and needing a $50,000 diesel truck just to pull them to the nearest KOA. In theory, the Wide Path Camper will give you that luxury without the cost and frustration of a fifth wheel. The idea seems to be catching on, as there are other people trying to solve the issue as well, so that bike camping does not have to be a spartan exercise of sleeping on the bare ground.

Click more to see the specifications and pictures of this interesting trailer…

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Eurobike Awards 2014: Road, Tri, Mountain, City, and of course, E-Bikes

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If there was one bike in the awards area at the show that epitomizes the idea of a design award, it would probably be the Rafael r-023 Ueberbike. From the driveside it may be easy to overlook if you’re not into tri bikes, but as soon as you take a glance at the non-drive side of the bike it stops you in your tracks…

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MagLOCK May Have Finally Perfected the Magnetic Bike Pedal

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Now more than ever, there seems to be an intense debate between the use of flat pedals or clipless. Both have their merits, but what if there was something in between? Something that combined the best things about each into a single design? Now that the MagLOCK bike pedal is getting official, maybe there is.

The MagLOCK pedal is definitely not the first to attempt to use magnets to replace a clipless system. Many companies have tried over the years and for whatever reason either failed to produce a worthwhile product, or at least one that consumers would buy. There are many factors to designing a magnetic pedal that you have to take into consideration over a relatively simple clipless pedal, but it looks like Dave Williams may have figured it out with his clever magnetic design.

Details next…

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Readers’ Rides: Gregg Rochester Takes Custom Paint to a Whole New Level

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Gregg Rochester calls himself a Bike Artist. Rather than sticking to painting bikes on canvas (he does that too), sometimes Gregg’s canvas is a bike. Recently, Gregg was commissioned to paint a unique bicycle for the Minneapolis Institude of Art for the show “Italian Fashion from 1945-present.” While the show focuses on all the big names in Italian Fashion, Gregg transformed the designs of Emilio Pucci into an impressive fixed gear.

You can catch the bike on display at MIA until January 4th, but you can also check out some of Gregg’s other designs along with the other side of Pucci after the jump…

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2014 Eurobike Awards: Clever Clothing, Accessories, and Gear

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Eurobike has come and gone leaving with a flood of new products and more content than we ever could hope to publish. Much like the Taipei Show, each year Eurobike puts on a design competition and this year awarded 56 manufacturers with either a Eurobike, Gold, or Green award. Judged by a panel of 6 experts from different corners of the cycling industry, the awards are always a good source of at least a few new and interesting products like the Drink Clean system above.

Perfect for those that hate mud and dirt on their water bottle valves, the rotating nozzle hides away to keep the part you drink out of clean. Made in Germany out of eco-friendly, food grade plastic, the bottle seems like it could be a hit when it becomes available.

There is plenty more where that came from next…

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Specialized Teases Possible New Supermoto Singlespeed Street Bike

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Photo: Specialized, via Instagram.

Generally when you think of a Supermoto dirt bikes come to mind. Specifically, dirt bikes with 17″ wheels, slick tires, lowered suspension, and better brakes. Just spotted on the Specialized Instagram feed looks to be their bicycle interpretation of a supermoto. Captioned simply as #Supermoto is ready for its closeup, does the teaser point to a new model from the big S?

Even if it turns out that the bike is just a concept, it’s worth a closer look.

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EB14: Roundup – Commuters, City Bikes, Scooters (?) and More Beautiful Things

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Schindelhauer’s bikes and booth always exemplify a clean, sleek appearance that screams high end. The belt driven track bike above streamlines everything into smooth shapes, recessed bolts and flowing lines. Same for the commuter bike after it, which has an equally quick looking frame but manages to hold lights, a rear rack and traditional flat bar.

There are plenty more examples of curvy city bikes after that, too…

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