Unit Skycraft Shows Awesome Carbon FMX Prototype Bike [Video]
With the weight of a bike being the major impediment when it comes to FMX, Skycraft came up with several interesting, though not entirely new ideas to keep mass as low as possible and thus enhance maneuverability on ground and mid-air.
The bike comes with a monocoque frame in carbon fiber, and it also incorporates the fuel tank. Given the architecture of the machine, the tank is only capable to provide around 20 minutes of operation. Which, we must admit it, is more than enough for serious injuriy or world fame.
The swingarm and rims are carbon fiber as well, and further weight is saved with the swingarm-integrated exhaust. With a weight of only 165 lbs (74.5 kg), we're talking about a really skinny ride!
The simplicity of the design is simply stunning, and we can hope the Unit co-founder Ian Everest's idea will be picked up by some manufacturer with the needed financial power to make things more affordable and start series production.
With the price of carbon fiber parts slightly going down and a modular architecture, it may finally be that riding and most of all, repairing such bikes will be less expensive than it appears to be today.
And for a better understanding why a bike such as the Unit Skycraft FMX would be so cool, watch the video after the jump.
Source: Ride Apart.
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