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The Fastest Bike in the World Was 3D Printed

Bicycling 20 hrs ago Molly Hurford

Earlier this month, time trial specialist Fillipo Ganna set a new hour world record, riding a massive 56.792 kilometers in 60 minutes. And the Ineos Grenadier racer did it on a 3D printed bike, which has opened up conversations around if 3D printing will be the newest technology to revolutionize the cycling industry.

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“The 3D bike allowed us to achieve the best in aerodynamics, stiffness, rigidity, and also comfort,” says Federico Sibrissa, chief marketing officer at Pinarello.

The bike was made to prioritize aerodynamics, using technology from, strangely enough, aero expertise gleaned from marine biology. “By studying how humpback whales can do very tight maneuvers in the oceans, researchers have found that the tubercles—the protrusions in the front of their flippers—contribute significantly to this ability,” the brand explains. “Working on this shape applied to bicycles, they have also found that ridges can minimize and reduce drag by generating stream-wise vortices in the troughs between the bumps, causing the flow behind the peaks to stay attached.”

And because the small fin-like features that Pinarello wanted to use for the frame were too detailed to be made with a carbon fiber mold, 3D printing with a space-grade aluminum alloy was the best option.

In this new video from the company, Pinarello is sharing the creation of the bike, from the design process to testing the initial frame, to the final record attempt where Ganna beat the previous record set by his teammate in August.

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“We have a really unique piece of equipment here... it’s the fastest bike on the planet right now,” says Carsten Jeppesen, Ineos Grenadier’s head of technical partners.

The Pinarello Bolide F HR 3D is available to the public (a requirement for any bike tackling the UCI hour record) at the bargain price of... roughly $59,220. (But that also includes handlebars!) The bikes will be printed on demand. What a time to be alive!

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