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Bike of the Week | No seat tube for the crowd-funded Superstrata Classic

Bike of the Week | No seat tube for the crowd-funded Superstrata Classic

Our latest Bike of the Week is the Superstrata Classic, a crowdfunded road bike without a seat tube and a novel carbon construction. Superstrata is…

Wednesday, Oct 19

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Our latest Bike of the Week is the Superstrata Classic, a crowdfunded road bike without a seat tube and a novel carbon construction.

Superstrata is the bicycle brand of parent company Arevo, which manufactures carbon parts for the aerospace industry for clients such as Airbus.

The 3D-printed bicycle was initially crowdfunded via the Indiegogo platform. Crowdfunded bicycles, such as the SpeedX Leopard , have seen mixed success.

The Superstrata Classic now finally sees the light of day at BikeRadar HQ.

Let’s take a look at this quirky build. Thermoplastic carbon construction

At the heart of the Classic is the ‘industrial grade’ thermoplastic carbon frame.

This is not the first time we’ve come across a thermoplastic frame, with Bristol, UK-based Starling’s prototype another example.We asked Superstrata to provide further details on its use of the technology and the brand says it manufactures the bike “using a thermoplastic filament composed of carbon fibre and a nylon polymer”.Virtually all carbon fibre frames are manufactured from a mould with epoxy resin, whereas the use of thermoplastics generally results in a frame that is tougher, more resistant to impact and uses less energy to manufacture.Like traditional epoxy-based carbon fibre frames, it cannot be properly recycled, but it can be repurposed when heated up.The end result, according to Superstrata, is a bike that is more compliant and forgiving, while also being more resistant to impacts and fracturing.The brand says the frames are manufactured in-house using a proprietary process, a few hundred metres away from its 3D printers. The advantage, according […]

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