A Handmade (by Robots) Bike

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Taking a lesson from the automotive industry on automation, Mokumono partnered up with 3D Hubs to robotically build the bada$$ bike you see here. Unlike other bikes that are usually manufactured with hundreds of parts and days of manual work before being shipped across the world, this new production method simplifies things. It makes it possible for the build to occur anywhere facilities permit and cuts back on labor costs while saving on the fossil fuels burned to transport units overseas.

Unlike traditional bike’s steel or aluminum tubing that takes hours of hand-welding and meticulous oversight, the Mokumono uses two sheets of 7000-grade aluminum pressed into form and laser welded together. Using just two formed halves joined around a head tube, seat tube/bottom bracket and drop-outs, the welding is simplified and streamlined for automated production. The result is faster and requires less work. Better yet, the number of components is reduced so it’s stronger and there’s less to break! While it might not have the bespoke feel of other handmade cycles, the fact that it’s robot-built does give one a sense of relief you can’t find elsewhere.

Designers: Bob Schiller & Tom Schiller of Mokumono

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The Frame

Unlike anything else. The aluminum frame is stiff in the areas where it matters. To allow for a comfortable ride, we designed the frame with floating rear stays and added a carbon fiber front fork. Making sure that our strong and lightweight frame offers a smooth ride.

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Carbon Belt Drive

The Gates CDX Carbon Belt Drive System is designed to be a stronger, quieter alternative to the traditional bike chain. The durable carbon-fiber belt is grease-free and requires little to no maintenance. It won’t leave any marks on your pants and you’ll never have to pull over to fix a dropped chain.

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Cambium C15 Saddle

The Brooks Cambium C15 saddle is made from vulcanized natural rubber and an organic cotton top that offers extraordinary comfort and exceptional freedom of movement. The hard-wearing top, die-cast aluminum structure, and tubular steel rails allow the Cambium to stand up to many years of hard use. Furthermore, a distinct dampening effect is delivered by the classic Brooks “hammock” construction, reducing road vibrations and keeping the rider comfortably in the saddle.

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