clarity bike by designaffairs studio has a fully transparent frame
clarity bike by designaffairs studio has a fully transparent frame clarity bike by designaffairs studio has a fully transparent frame
jan 23, 2013

clarity bike by designaffairs studio has a fully transparent frame

‘the clarity bike’ by designaffairs studio is fully transparentimage courtesy designaffairs studio



using new materials and manufacturing techniques, german designaffairs studio has envisioned the future of bicycle frame engineering and production with their latest project – ‘the clarity bike’. by using ‘trivex’ – an alternative to polycarbonate, the advanced polymer combines high impact resistance with flexible and lightweight technologies that can be found in traditional italian steel frames.


as the polymer is able to be injection molded, it allows for affordable and precise mass production, expanding on the possibilities for different form and color combinations. initially used in military applications, it offers outstanding chemical resistance and thermal stability for withstanding extreme temperatures. like the FYLM speaker, the project is still in conceptual stages, but proves valid as technologies and production capabilities advance with time.



frame detail of the ‘clarity bike’image courtesy designaffairs studio



transparency detailimage courtesy designaffairs studio

  • “project is still in conceptual stages” ie doesn’t work

    miserable b*****d says:
  • there is NO reason to leave conceptual level just yet.. a few issues you have to consider first.

    1. New material + new tech’ = new shape (if design is the issue)
    2. Transparency has to give something extra to usability.
    3. As a polymer you have to prove that it is better than traditional materials &
    Technologies in aspect of weight, stiffness, resistance and unit cost.
    4. It seems suitable for a ”ONE-OFF”. Not more.


    Shahaf says:
  • Put some ed lights in the frame, if the whole frame can chance color or be brightly lit it will provide fantastic visibility and saftey for cyclists.

    Terry Doloughty says:
  • the sad thing is that had they opted to make a frame with bamboo, no one would challenge the concept

    dbkii says:
  • bamboo is very stiff, this stuff is not.

    gordon anderson says:
  • I would be terrified to ride that number, but I love the concept. Interesting geometry with the head tube – not sure if I like it or not.

    ube urban says:
  • as a cyclist, you want to be seen, not invisible

    antoine says:
  • As elegant looking this bike is, I would be too conscious not to damage it or even make it dirty when I ride it.

    Rich Kim says:
  • exhibition worthy, id ride it once.

    nickroseboro says:
  • What is te problem statement?
    What are the designers trying to achieve?
    Is there a need for such a bike in the market?
    …sometime we have to ask ourselves enough questions before deciding to design – designing for design’s sake can be futile

    morafo morafo says:
  • Add some fluorescent lights in the frame, it’ll be the safest bike to ride at night…

    Ebenezer says:
  • fake ? …

    bob says:
  • How many cyclists are killled on our roads? If you feel the need to redesign yet another object which is perfectly fit for purpose then please at least make it highly visible. Any cyclist will tell you that.

    What an utter waste of time & energy.

    tartanrog says:
  • man you people are critical: my 2 cents.

    visibility: if you read the text is says that it can be any colour, or combination of colours, this or comments about adding lighting into the frame solves the visibility issue.

    Why: if you can injection mold the frame, makes it allot easier to mass produce, and potentially cheaper, with less material wastage. potentially easier cheaper stronger and more environmentally sustainable.

    morgan says:
  • How “light” is it?

    michael a. pleskovich says:
  • I believe this bike would be a wonderful idea if they add l.e.d. lights inside the tubing which will allow it to be visible at night, during the day if someone dont see you they shouldnt be driving in the first place. also since they can possibly mass produce it, it would be cheaper

    Kyle M says:

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