designaffairs Studio had a Pyrex Vision of its very own when it conceived its Clarity Bike: a fixed-gear steed whose frame is made from transparent, impact-resistant, injection-molded polymer that the designers claim it could be a giant leap forward in bicycle frame engineering and production.
No, this bike is not made out of glass, although it may just seem to be so. The Clarity bike is the next project within the material focus of designaffairs’ studio projects which focus on using amazing materials of their library in new contexts. These Germans believe that the Clarity Bike could be a giant leap forward in bicycle frame engineering and production. Because the design takes advantage of an advanced polymer, which combines high impact resistance, lightweight properties and a gentle flexibility that usually would only be expected on an old Italian steel frame. In other words: what we have here is a low-cost, high-performance cycle design. And it looks transparently amazing. or amazingly transparent, anyway.
The polymer is injection moulded, which allows affordable and precise mass production while enabling unique form factors and a multitude of possible colour combinations. Initially the polymer was used in military applications. Even though the compound has a lower density than polycarbonate & acrylic it’s advanced performance includes exceptional impact resistance and ultra-lightweight performance. It also offers outstanding chemical resistance and thermal stability as it is virtually unaffected by most organic and inorganic chemicals and withstands very hot and cold temperatures.
So, all in all, yes, this could really be a low cost bicycle, characterised by convenience and an unmatched, unique style.
The Clarity Bike is not yet for sale, so for now check out more information at designaffairs very-German website.