Advantages of 3D-Printing a Winning Tour de France Bicycle

Published by , April 28, 2017 11:11 am

(Engineer) Founder and CEO of Metron Advanced Equipment, Dimitris Katsanis decided to use additive manufacturing techniques to design and build handlebars for Chris Froome’s Tour de France-winning bicycle. In this article, Katsanis discusses the advantages of additive manufacturing in the world of competitive cycling.
AM provides for shorter timescales that were compressed by 50-75% over using carbon fibre. AM is “made to measure” and Metron was able to design the part to fit the rider, eliminating the need to create adjustable handlebars, and therefore reducing unnecessary weight. Faster turnaround times meant they were able to print two different handlebar designs in Titanium for Chris Froome’s time trials: one for riding on the flats, and the other for hills. Custom handlebars not only have the advantage of optimum performance for the rider on for those handlebars are a huge advantage when it comes to reducing weight.