Germany-based Urwahn Bikes has been producing bikes that seem to reinvent cycling altogether for a few years now. Looking on the manufacturer's website, that quickly becomes apparent. All their bikes follow a signature "Fair Frame" design that stands apart from other bikes on the market.
However, frame geometry aside, there's another neat trick that each Urwahn bike has up its sleeve, it's 3D printed! Yes, in the way that some major automotive manufacturers are creating components for their cars through additive manufacturing. To do that, Urwahn isn't working alone; they've been walking hand in hand with another major player in the additive manufacturing game, Oerlikon.
Today, this crew is known as a manufacturer that employs state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing processes, of which one branch specializes in 3D printing or additive manufacturing. It's this branch that is directly implicated in every Urwahn bike.
This story began several years ago when CEO and founder Sebastian Meinecke approached Oerlikon to introduce an entirely new bicycle concept by implementing additive manufacturing into as much of the building process as possible.
Why go through all the trouble of building a bike by 3D printing it? Well, there seem to be countless benefits, of which the manipulation of shapes and materials in unimaginable ways are leading factors.
As for the bike you see here today, this is the freshest beast to leave the Urwahn drawing board and has been designed and built as a tribute to the long-standing collaboration between Urwahn and Oerlikon; it represents the production of the 1000th 3D-printed component to come out of the partnership.
In the event's spirit, the new bike has been dubbed the Oerlikon Edition, a gravel e-bike in line with current bicycle trends; gravel riding has seen a significant push in recent years.
So far, there isn't much information regarding the bike's components. Even more of a bummer is that this bike is not commercially available for the time being. But, it is most definitely an e-bike and features components that even raise some questions regarding what is going on. Check out the fork, brake mounts, and offset to see what I mean.
included on the bike, it doesn't stop us from widening our eyes and letting our view ooze all over that seamless steel frame. As for the paint job, it's impact-resistant Balint Croma Plus coating provided by Oerlikon's aerospace branch, the Balzers team.
To get a clear idea of what a raw Urwahn frame looks like, welds and all, I've added a few images to the gallery that reveal the Urwahn Vagabund Edition bike, a bike with a raw look, for lack of better words.
I understand you may be upset with me because I chose to show you a bike that can't even be bought or owned, but some apples really are forbidden, "for the time being." But don't worry, Urwahn has a whole lineup of bikes and e-bikes meant to showcase just what can be achieved with today's technology.