Of all of the several types of bicycles, downhill mountain bikes have to face up to essentially the most abuse. That is why Colorado-based Revel Bikes determined to 3D-print certainly one of issues out of carbon fiber, as an acid take a look at of the know-how – the result’s the one-off Rodeo.
Billed as being the world’s first 3D-printed carbon fiber downhill mountain bike, the Rodeo was created by way of a partnership between Revel Bikes’ Adam Miller and Jordan Haffener, CBF suspension inventor Chris Canfield, and the parents at 3D printing firm Arevo, inc. The latter agency is the maker of the 3D-printed Superstrata street bike.
Using Arevo’s current amenities, the entrance triangle and rear swingarm of the Rodeo’s body had been printed out of a thermoplastic carbon fiber composite – the swingarm was printed multi function piece. The staff reportedly went by tens of prototype frames, over a number of years, earlier than arriving at one with which they had been happy.
Though not the entire parts specs have been listed at this level, we do know that the Rodeo options Revel Bikes’ RW30 FusionFiber 29-inch carbon wheels clad in Maxxis tires, a RockShox Boxxer fork and RockShox rear shock (each with 200 mm of journey), and a SRAM X01 DH drivetrain. We’re advised that the body suggestions the scales at 10.5 lb (4.8 kg) – once more, it is only a design train at this level.
The truth is, Revel has acknowledged that the manufacturing means of the Rodeo was “extremely time and energy-consuming, to not point out prohibitively costly,” so there are not any plans to carry the bike to market.
That mentioned, it’s hoped that classes discovered from the challenge could assist make the 3D printing of carbon bike frames extra commercially possible. Amongst different issues, the know-how might enable for faster and simpler prototyping throughout the design course of, safer and extra eco-friendly manufacturing amenities, and better customization for patrons at decrease prices.
There’s extra info on the challenge within the following video.
Introducing the Revel Rodeo – A 3D Printed Downhill Idea Bike Made in America
Supply: Revel Bikes