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.
Still, it’s a design worth pursuing.
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