The SplinterBike Quantum ready for London Olympics
A few design changes have been made to allow a variety of visitors to the Adain Avion event at the London 2012 Festival to mount up and ride an all-wooden bike for themselves including adjustable seat height and a different gearing setup.
Thompson says that he's so far spent around 1,600 hours designing, prototyping, building and testing the various versions of SplinterBike, and has put all that experience to good use when creating the Quantum edition. The SBQ is made up of 88 individual components which took 40 hours on a CNC machine to produce.
Thompson spent another 400 hours sandwiching all the pieces between the new bike's monocoque frame and, despite design decisions aimed at keeping the weight down, the Quantum actually ended up being 6 kg (13.2 pounds) heavier than the original at 39 kg (85.9 pounds).
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