Flying Machine has been teasing us with the progression of their 3D printed titanium-lugged bikes by showing us the early idea, and more recently showing us a closer glimpse to production. Now they are ready to start ramping up and taking orders for multiple models.
It is not common to see titanium under paint, and the bold mutli-tone schemes lend to the seamless appearance of the invisible joint possible through the 3D printing process. Have a look in to see the 3 new models…
F-One-S is a smooth, silent single speed featuring Gates Belt Drive. Every Flying Machine has fully custom, made to order geometry which is the primary benefit to 3D printing the lugs, they can be changed to every customer.
Including White Industries M15 hubs and Fizik saddle and bar tape, the F-One-S has a base price of $4,080 AUD.
The F-One-C5 uses the same frame with made to order lugs and geometry, and moves to FM Carbon 5 Spoke wheels for $5,435 AUD.
For those seeking a comfortable riding position, the UCX-Ti changes the design slightly to also give better vibration damping. Also adding disc brakes and a Shimano Alfine 11 speed Di2 hub, the UCX creeps up to $6,000 AUD.
Flying Machine seems to be all about presentation, taking the visual impact to a place that brings the whole bike together. On their website, each model has a long list of options for custom configuration, so the models we see are most likely considerably higher in price than the quoted starting prices.
These great display models really show their capability, and its still impressive how they are able to use 3D printing to create a custom bike that looks seamless. No doubt, their partnership with CSIRO (the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization) is what can make this possible, since the economics of a small bicycle company owning a 3D Titanium printer are still not achievable for most.