Would you ride one of these?

Never. Ever.

  1. It’s hideously ugly

  2. It fits perfectly in this thread: The Official Hubless Wheel hater thread.

End of story.

The fact that it is 3d printed is pretty cool. Now it just has to be further designed to take advantage of the manufacturing process.

+1 for Yo’s comment.

I think I rather walk than ride on that particular bike, as it doesn’t look as fast or steady.

Seeing rapid prototyping turn into rapid manufacturing is very exciting. However, I can also imagine poorly designed products hitting the market too early without proper development on the flip side.

Right. The design should tell the story of one-off production capabilities, with rider-size specific features and geometry.

I have no idea what a solid nylon bike would feel like, but compared to almost every other method of bike construction, including bamboo, titanium, and crabon fribe I imagine it would feel like crap-o-la.

As strong as steel, huh? “The process makes objects that are 65 percent lighter than traditionally machined objects, and uses about one-tenth the materials, according to Eureka Magazine.”

Sorry, but I’m calling corporate BS on that claim.

Mattdesign: Hmmm…yeah, thinking about the ramifications of rapid manufacturing, it might not always be such a good thing. Anything that is engineered to deal safely with loads (like a bike), means it’s tough to design properly. I can imagine a lot of designs being churned out of trendy looking bike frames that have fundamental problems leading to accidents.

I can imagine a lot of designs being churned out of trendy looking bike frames that have fundamental problems leading to accidents.

Law school, my boy … law school. Big demand for product liability specialists in the future.