‘World’s first’ 3D-printed unibody electric bike unveiledEuropost
The Silicon Valley-based company Arevo has used its expertise in composites manufacturing and 3D printing to produce the “world’s first” 3D-printed unibody electric bike under its newly created Superstrata brand.
The first model released, Superstrata Terra, is a lightweight analog that can be custom-built for a variety of riding styles. And the Superstrata Ion is a Class 1 e-bike with a rear-hub 250W motor, a 252Wh battery, and an estimated 60 miles of range.
The frame is unibody thermoplastic carbon fiber, meaning it’s manufactured as one single continuous piece rather than welded together from a dozen or so pieces like most bike frames. This makes it extremely impact-resistant yet remarkably lightweight. The frame weight of the Terra is only 2.8 lbs (depending on the size).
But the absence of a downtube really places the Superstrata in a class of its own. The only other bike you could possibly compare it to is Gogoro’s forthcoming Eeyo 1 e-bike or Byar Bicycle’s shaft-driven Volta e-bike. And the Superstrata’s mag-style cast wheels echo zippy moped-like e-bikes by Juiced and others.
In all truth, carbon fiber bikes are nothing new, but they’re usually made out of dozens of pieces and can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000. Superstrata will start at $2,799 for the Terra and $3,999 for the Ion. Customers can send in their measurements, and Superstrata will 3D-print the bike down to the spokes. Each frame takes about 10 hours to create, and the company claims it can create up to 250,000 unique combinations.