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.

 

 

clarity bike by designaffairs studio has a fully transparent frame

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

 

 

clarity bike by designaffairs studio has a fully transparent frame

transparency detailimage courtesy designaffairs studio

  • 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
  • exhibition worthy, id ride it once.

    nickroseboro
  • 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
  • as a cyclist, you want to be seen, not invisible

    antoine
  • 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
  • bamboo is very stiff, this stuff is not.

    gordon anderson
  • the sad thing is that had they opted to make a frame with bamboo, no one would challenge the concept

    dbkii
  • 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
  • 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.

    BEING SIMPLY COOL IS COOL, BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH..

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

    miserable b*****d

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