3D printing has not only brought about dramatic changes in manufacturing, it’s also paved the way for many companies to keep production in-house. This cutting-edge technology has proven to be extremely beneficial to bicycle makers, especially during an age where most brands have been forced to out-source for its manufacturing needs.
As a result, the Magdeburg, Germany based, Urwahn Bikes, has capitalized on the manufacturing capabilities of 3D-printing to create it’s new radical looking urban bike called the Stadtfuchs.
“We turned away from traditional constructions, in favor of a more puristic overall appearance with comfortable riding qualities,” said company founder Sebastian Meinecke.
The Stadtfuchs is comprised of stainless and acid resistant steel tubes joined with pre-fabricated connectors and bonded with adhesive.
“The result is a form-fitting frame design with elastic structures”, added Meinecke.
In addition, the Stadtfuchs is punctuated by rechargeable LED lights that are built into the frame and fed by a SON 28 SL hub dynamo, along with an integrated seat post clamp that keeps the design sleek.
Power is transferred via an eccentric bottom bracket which tensions the Gates belt drive system, while shifting is accomplished using a two-speed Kappstein Doppio planetary gear crankset combined with a SRAM Automatic two-speed rear hub.
The Urwahn team has won multiple awards for its innovation, as evidenced the company’s credo:
“Driven by the idea of taking urban mobility to a whole new level, we designed an innovative URWAHN BIKE ready to take on the challenges of urban commuting. During the development process we put emphasis on creating an exceptional user experience by focusing on function, performance and safety, as well as an aesthetic design.”
“The special suspension of the tail can compensate the roughness of the street and generates a new riding experience. The integrated LED light and GPS tracking system complete the specifically designed frame and will convince technology lovers. These original URWAHN innovations are paired with well selected premium components.”
Urwahn plans to bring the Stadtfuchs into full commercial production towards the end of this year, with pricing around US$4,269.
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