ORYX time trial bike

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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.

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7 Comments

  1. carlos July 23, 2007 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    This also reminds me of elements from other 90`s bikes like softride (in the seat frame), and aerodynamic LOOK frames (on the steering system). But I think it is smart. Nice simplicity, Great Job!

  2. dhiraj July 27, 2007 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    reminds me of an old specialized concept called the cricket. cool for a student project, but not at all original.

  3. Anonymous August 16, 2007 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    The graphics look old and tired to me. Should have named it ‘Old Navy’.

  4. Anonymous October 16, 2007 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    This looks just like the original Zipp 2001 frames of the 90′s but hopfully much lighter. They were rocket fast and comfortable. These could use a better color scheme..

  5. Anonymous February 14, 2008 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Why does anyone waste their time discussing 3D modelled crap that would never work. Budding bike designers: Build a prototype and test, test, test before you get clever on a 3D package. A three year old’s understanding of engineering would also help.

  6. Ben September 15, 2008 at 12:50 am -  Reply

    To the writer of the following:
    anonymous said…
    “Why does anyone waste their time discussing 3D modeled crap that would never work. Budding bike designers: Build a prototype and test, test, test before you get clever on a 3D package. A three year old’s understanding of engineering would also help.”

    A three year old’s understanding of engineering would also inform you that “getting clever on a 3D package” would allow you to prototype and test in an environment that is cost and time conserving. A program like Solidworks and tools like CosMos let you build, model and test under real world conditions, not to mention having complete drawing ready to go to the manufacturer! I don’t know about the rest of you, but building a bike out of any material that is designed to be as light as possible is not something you just jump into. It is expensive and stupid. Who would spend $6000 on the materials needed to build the above bike and break it because your design was slightly off, when you could have learned your mistake for free by building a model like he did!! You have a lot to learn about engineering my friend! But you don’t have to listen to me, I’m just a three year old!

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