I’m new to the forum and thought I’d share some of my recent projects and what I’m currently working on.
My brother and I built a lot of different stuff over the years, but mostly kiteboards, skis and snowboards, but also some kitchen knifes, a plane for the redbull Flugtag, …
I work a lot with composite materials, which I believe is awesome for the home builder. There are relatively few tools required to get started and one can make really high quality, structural parts in a garage.
So far I only built one bike:
It was made in a tube-to-tube process. all the tubing was manufactured in vacuum infusion on 3D printed mandrels. those tubes were then cut, mitered, bonded and all the joints overwrapped with prepreg. I built this thing 3 years ago and it held up beautifully since then.
And shortly after, being a mountain biker at heart, I started building a high pivot enduro bike. Some pictures from the process so far:
front triangle machined on a CNC router I mostly built to make the bike…
the rocker link and all axles were outsourced
seat stay mould off of a printed plug
machining of the shock mount. There are so many components on a full suspension bike, but I don’t need to tell you guys…
laminating the front triangle mould
laminating one of the seat stays
both seat stays done
laminating the front triangle
a bladder on the inside popped when pressurized, leaving me with an expensive piece of trash…
And this is where I’m at right now! back to square now with the front triangle…