The new Predator Cycling Aerobar Extensions are a carbon fiber TT/Triathlon cockpit addition that’s custom made for you, and they’re like nothing you’ve seen before.
They’re built with a hybrid manufacturing method, fusing carbon fiber composite layups over a structural 3D-printed skeleton, the shape of which is designed specifically for each arm using photogrammetry, computer simulation, and AI predictive technology. If that sounds like a lot, there’s also a Metaverse component… What is Photogrammetry?
Photogrammetry is taking a bunch of photographs of a person, and then stitching them into a 3D mesh. So, a friend would take pics from all angles of you in your aero position on your bike, somewhere between 30 to 100 photos. Predator’s software turns those into a virtual 3D object, which they use to design the handlebars.
Before and after comparison of William’s basic aerobars versus the Predator custom model. Presumably they took his beard into the CFD calculations, too.
The fun part of all this is that it’s literally just the tip of the iceberg of what they’re working on. For Williams, they scanned his entire body and are simulating full body, arm, and even hand gesture positions, and even predicting common movements, to optimize every facet of your aerodynamics.
Predator founder Aram Goganian says that, over the lifetime of an athlete, they’ll get faster in the wind tunnel, but it takes years. That’s because each wind tunnel session might only check 10 to 30 positions. Even if you did 10 sessions per year, that’s at most […]
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