World’s first 3D-printed unibody electric bike
16 July 20
Superstrata unveils ‘world’s first’ 3D-printed unibody electric bike
Arevo is not a well-known name in the cycling world. But the Silicon Valley-based company is using its expertise in composites manufacturing and 3D printing to produce the “world’s first” 3D-printed unibody electric bike. (It’s not really the first, but more on that in a bit.)
Two models are being released today under Arevo’s newly created Superstrata brand. The Superstrata Terra is a lightweight analog that can be custom-built for a variety of riding styles. And the Superstrata Ion is a Class 1 e-bike with a rear-hub 250W motor, a 252Wh battery, and an estimated 60 miles of range.
3D printing can be costly and labor-intensive, but Superstrata CEO Sonny Vu says it makes for a stronger, more durable bike frame as well as a more bespoke design that is sure to appeal to customers who are willing to pay extra for a custom fit. Customers can send in their measurements, and Superstrata will 3D-print the bike down to the spokes. Each frame takes about 10 hours to create, and the company claims it can create up to 250,000 unique combinations
Carbon fiber bikes are nothing new, but they’re usually made out of dozens of pieces and can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000. Superstrata will start at $2,799 for the Terra and $3,999 for the Ion. (Preorders can be had for $1,799.) The company is launching its preorder in July and will start delivering bikes later this year.
If the Superstrata is successful, Vu expects the legacy bike manufacturers to eventually come calling, eventually setting Superstrata to become a major supplier to the industry and 3D-printing to become an accepted manufacturing process in the cycling world.