Ionut Predescu's Tensegrity Bike Balances Compression & Tension

By: Michael Plishka - Published: Mar 9, 2009 • References: coroflot & yankodesign
Buckminster Fuller would be proud. ‘Tensegrity’ is the term he coined to describe a structure that is a balance of members and cables in pure compression and tension.

Ionut Predescu has created a bicycle leveraging the compression of carbon fiber tubes against the tension of Kevlar wire.

The result is a markedly lighter, but definitely cooler, bicycle. Whether this could withstand the rigors of side-to-side loads that bikes can experience when in the heat of competition remains to be seen.

Not to mention the possible problems that could occur in a pile-up. 

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