Several of you pointed out this concept bike to me over the weekend; thanks for all the tips. The ORYX time trial bike was designed by Harald Cramer, a recent graduate of the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg in Germany. The design looks nice, especially the integrated front chainwheel/crank. I also like the subtle graphics that Harold chose for the raw carbon frame. I won’t elaborate much about the design since you can find several other blog posts about it at this point. If you haven’t seen them, check out the posts here, here, and here for more info.
At first glance, this concept reminded me of the old Cervelo Baracchi prototype TT bike from the mid nineties. The combination of the one-piece fork/ handlebar assembly and the softride style seat beam makes the two designs pretty similar. Speaking of one-piece bar/ fork combos, the very first post on this blog featured a rather strange carbon fiber track bike that I sketched sometime in the late eighties. I just posted a few of my other old bike sketches from the eighties and early nineties to a new group on flickr. If any of you have bike designs that you want to share, join my Concept Bicycles pool and post your sketches, renderings, or photos. The designs don’t have to be refined. Feel free to post rough sketches if you like. I only ask that you limit submissions your original designs (and, of course, don’t submit any ideas that you don’t want to make public yet). If I get a few interesting ideas, I’ll post them here on Bicycle Design.