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Superstrata launches first 3D-printed C fibre e-bicycle

17
Jul '20
Pic: PR Newswire
Pic: PR Newswire
Superstrata, a Silicon Valley-based bicycle brand, has launched its flagship product - the first made-to-measure 3D-printed e-bicycle with an impact-resistant unibody carbon fibre frame. The e-bicycle is 3D-printed in a single pass of continuous carbon fibre thermoplastic composite. The frame is constructed without joints or glue for seamless strength.

The Superstrata touts a true unibody construction, 3D-printed in a single pass of continuous carbon fibre thermoplastic composite. Unlike other carbon fibre 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 lightweight.

Superstrata uses an advanced 3D-printing process which allows for an unprecedented level of customisation. 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 fibre 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 -Terra, a bicycle and 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 fibre), and colourways (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 fibre 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.

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