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Eye-catching bike frame takes the less-is-more approach

Eye-catching bike frame takes ...
The Camard LZR won't be mistaken for anything else
The Camard LZR won't be mistaken for anything else
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The Camard LZR can be made in steel or titanium, in a wide variety of paint colors
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The Camard LZR can be made in steel or titanium, in a wide variety of paint colors
The Camard LZR won't be mistaken for anything else
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The Camard LZR won't be mistaken for anything else

How do you make a bicycle frame lighter, while also making sure it'll get noticed? Well, if you're the designers at Italy's Camard Milano, you eliminate the down tube and seat stays. The resulting LZR frame is said to be just as strong and stiff as a conventional frame, and is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign.

Made by Davide Camerini and Alessandro D'Adda, the LZR features fin-like frame elements that extend above and below the existing tubes, creating what is described as a series of arcs.

"Each arc has a size and geometry perfectly balanced with the previous or following arc along the whole tubular structure," the designers tell us. "This whole structure creates a virtual line that passes through the frame from the rear hub to the headstock. The generated support force is equal to the force produced by classical oblique tube structure."

The Camard LZR can be made in steel or titanium, in a wide variety of paint colors
The Camard LZR can be made in steel or titanium, in a wide variety of paint colors

The frame (not including the fork) weighs just 2.7 kg (6 lb) and can support a payload of up to 110 kg (243 lb). It can be made in steel or titanium, in a wide variety of paint colors.

Pledges start at €700 (about US$757) for a frame and fork only, or €1,300 ($1,406) for a complete singlespeed bike. The latter can be seen in action, in the video below. Delivery is estimated to take place in July, if the LZR reaches production.

Source: Kickstarter

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6 comments
LarryWolf
It's really cool looking but man if a guy busted his crown jewels on that v shaped bar in the middle that's gotta hurt !
JøhP
This bike is more open to stealing, literally, since the frame cannot be wire or chain locked to something.
JimFox
"This bike is more open to stealing, literally, since the frame cannot be wire or chain locked to something." Nonsense! Any normal flexible lock or chain can be looped thru the frame, wheel & drive chain, thence to a fixed post or rail
Bob Stuart
Sure, the "generated force" is the same without the regular tubes, but the deflection and internal forces are far higher. This is an art project, not an engineer's work.
Gannet
Frame weighs 2.7kg? A lightweight frame is more like 0.7 - 0.8 kg. So it looks fancy, but is not light!
Ed Llorca
Not light by any standard nor is it stiff. Interesting looking yes that is it.