Mythos, the British bike components manufacturer that previously brought us a £500 3D-printed bar stem, is at it again. This time, the company is offering a £1,250 (about US$1,508) 3D-printed titanium handlebar.
Called the TX-1, the new bar is designed specifically for track racing bikes – this means it isn’t designed to accommodate brake levers or shifters. That said, Mythos has told the BikeRadar website that a road version may be on the way.
The handlebar is made via a 3D printing process known as electronic beam melting (EBM). Putting it simply, this technique involves using an electron beam to selectively melt powdered metal within a vacuum, building the desired item up one layer at a time. In the case of the TX-1, that metal is aerospace-grade titanium.
The bar takes advantage of new UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) regulations that allow the handlebar to sit 10 cm (3.9 inches) in front of the front wheel axle, letting riders tuck into a lower, more aerodynamic position. Other selling features include aerofoil cross sections, and six different built-in hand positions. And then of course, there’s also that nifty raw titanium finish.
We’re told that it tips the scales at 350 g (12 oz), in its smallest size.
As mentioned, the TX-1 will cost you £1,250, although British buyers should note that the inclusion of VAT will boost that figure to £1,500.
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