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Awesome Stealth ‘Clarity Bike’ Has a Transparent Trivex Frame
Posted By Lea Stewart On February 22, 2013 @ 3:04 pm In Bicycles,Green Products,Green Transportation,Innovation | No Comments
There are safety advantages to decking out your bike like a shining beacon  when sharing lanes with petroleum-powered traffic, but the Clarity Bike explores the opposite end of the spectrum. This super-strong and stealthy cycle sports a see-through frame made from an advanced transparent polymer. Aiming to revolutionize how bike frames are engineered and produced, the creatives from Designaffairs Studio  in Munich, Germany explored high-tech plastics used to make windscreens on fighter jets.
Bikes have to stand up to a wide range of conditions – from extreme hot and cold weather to harsh impacts from rough terrain – all while delivering a smooth ride. A sturdy frame with a gentle flex offers the best of both worlds. A lightweight frame is also essential for riders climbing hills or those who have to carry their bike up a four-story walk-up. The bike industry has explored lightweight materials  for years, and pro bikes are often made from carbon fiber  or titanium.
The Clarity Bike uses a polymer called Trivex  to provide all of the characteristics of a perfect ride, while also rethinking the way frames are produced. This injection-molded material provides a seamless look with no welding joints. Designaffairs  believes that frames molded from Trivex could be cheaper to produce, which would make them available to a wider audience when compared to the pricey pro bikes available today. Since Trivex has been used for the windows of military jets, we know that it is extremely strong, weather resistant, and lightweight – and it provides a gentle amount of flex riders appreciate.
The concept bike frame is streamlined and looks similar to the fixies and road bikes that can be spotted on most city streets – although we’d love to see designers push the envelope and explore radically different forms  with the new material. Kudos to Designaffairs  for putting this concept out there to inspire and propel the industry forward.
+ Designaffairs 
Via Gizmodo 
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URLs in this post:
 shining beacon: http://inhabitat.com/the-kilo-glow-series-glow-in-the-dark-bike-frame-makes-for-safe-cycling-at-night-2/
 Designaffairs Studio: http://studioblog.designaffairs.com/?p=869
 lightweight materials: http://inhabitat.com/3d-printed-air-bike-is-as-strong-as-steel-but-13rd-the-weight-of-aluminium/
 carbon fiber: http://inhabitat.com/jacob-haims-racebraid-bike-features-a-frame-woven-from-carbon-fibers/
 Trivex: http://www.ppg.com/optical/opticalproducts/opticalmaterials/Pages/Trivex.aspx
 radically different forms: http://inhabitat.com/cannondales-chainless-cerv-concept-bike-transforms-as-you-ride-it/
 + Designaffairs: http://studioblog.designaffairs.com
 Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5978226/nobody-would-see-you-coming-on-this-beautiful-transparent-bike
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