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 Post subject: Eiffel Bike
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:44 am 
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Did someone already post this? Thought it was pretty cool...

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 Post subject: Re: Eiffel Bike
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:27 pm 
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Nice find. A full isotruss bike. Pretty neat.


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 Post subject: Re: Eiffel Bike
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:32 pm 
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a little similar
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http://www.mbaction.com/Main/News/Delta-7-Sports-Arantix-2037.aspx

and only 5 years earlier.

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 Post subject: Re: Eiffel Bike
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:39 pm 
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I wonder how it would hold up in the wind tunnel.


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 Post subject: Re: Eiffel Bike
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:30 am 
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Geoff wrote:
Nice find. A full isotruss bike. Pretty neat.


I can't believe that they did not deck it out with the M5 brakes as they would be a perfect match. Amazing amount of work but still a fair bit heavier than the top shelf frame sets.

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 Post subject: Re: Eiffel Bike
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:53 am 
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But why? It's not even vaguely light...

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 Post subject: Re: Eiffel Bike
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:48 am 
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^ maybe stiffer?


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 Post subject: Re: Eiffel Bike
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:45 am 
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True, but can you honestly tell me you, or more regular cyclists, would notice this very slight difference?

Obviously it's a concept, but in the real world it has very little practicality.

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 Post subject: Re: Eiffel Bike
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:10 am 
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It would be interesting to have the stiffness figures - obviously it's moderately heavy for a carbon frame, but let's say it turned out to be 50% stiffer than a standard high-end modern frame. Then perhaps it would be possible to build something similar that was lighter and also as stiff as modern frames.

But I strongly suspect that this isn't the case - different construction methods are better suited to different purposes and different materials, and suspect that this is a very suboptimal construction method for making a carbon bike frame. Presumably it's also suboptimal for making a steel frame, otherwise we would have had micro-trussed bike frames for years instead of ones made out of thin butted tubing.

I'm not an engineer, but I suspect that the reason this doesn't work is that the trusses are on the wrong scale for the application - a bike frame already is a rigid structure made of two open triangles, but by breaking those down into hundreds of smaller triangles you are just adding redundant complexity, which is bound to introduce functional inefficiency.

Looks cool though.


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 Post subject: Re: Eiffel Bike
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:06 pm 
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Devon wrote:
True, but can you honestly tell me you, or more regular cyclists, would notice this very slight difference?

Obviously it's a concept, but in the real world it has very little practicality.


I have no argument there, but since when has the cycling community, especially one concerned with dropping grams off of the weight of bikes by any means necessary, been concerned about practicality?


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