When it comes to breaking world speed or distance records, it isn’t just the pilot that plays a pivotal role in unlocking these achievements, but also the vehicle they’re riding — a fact thoroughly demonstrated by a custom-built 3D-printed Pinarello track bike that was just ridden to a new world record.
Dubbed the Pinarello Bolide F HR 3D, this track bicycle represents the first and fastest high-performance 3D-printed bike ever built. Designed using biomimicry based on the humpback whale, the bike was engineered from the ground up specifically for a world-record attempt and features a state-of-the-art frame and fork that are 3D-printed from a new proprietary alloy called Scalmalloy — an ultra-high-strength Scandium-Aluminium-Magnesium alloy engineered for additive manufacturing. Also benefitting from the use of airstream technology — along with a myriad of other innovative advancements — this ultra-low-drag track bike also sports a new airfoil section design at the fore-end of the frame and a set of Princeton Carbon Works aero disc wheels.
Helmed by Filippo Ganna — a 26-year-old Italian track and road cyclist who competes for the INEOS Grenadiers team — the Bolide F HR 3D track bike was ridden to a new world record last week, with Ganna recording the longest distance ever ridden in one hour at the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland, covering 56.792 kilometers (35.288 miles) in 60 minutes. This represents the first time this feat has been achieved on a 3D-printed bike.
While the Pinarello Bolide F HR 3D Bicycle is not currently for sale and thus far only exists as a one-off, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see features and R&D from this world-record-setting bike trickle down to later production models.