A very wild mesh frameset by Delta 7. Its called the Arantix and the frame made from IsoTruss. The IsoTruss frame uses an open lattice carbon fiber structural design. Pretty wild looking. It would certainly turn some heads when you are out on a ride. Wonder how it rides? What happens on a muddy ride, does it fill it up? It is supposed to light (less material obviously), greater stiffness and resilience (tougher in a crash) and can be tuned (direction specific design). And it looks cool. It thought at first glance it was some sort of wire mesh until you see it up close.
Commentary by Francois:
Ok, I have to say something here. I was going to post about this frame but I’ll just add to pastajet’s post.
This was one of the lowlights of Interbike for me. There’s a bit of hype and there’s big crowds at their booth. I checked it out and walked right out after a couple of minutes.
- This frame is $7000
- It is coyote ugly
- It is so impractical with dirt and debris getting in the frame. On their website, they have the down tube wrapped with plastic.
- How does it ride? What’s the geometry? Nobody knows. And they expect us to buy it for $7000 for the frame? Come on! I’d rather get an Ibis at 1/5 the price and is better in every important aspect.
This seems like a science project gone big. In fact I believe it was a student’s college project. The materials company decided to produce the frame and hired him on. That’s all good but $7000? And how does it ride again?
In the end, Interbike has its inventors and it’s not bad to have these wild products. But I’m no billionaire and I don’t have a wall to hang a frame like this.
Follow up Comments:
Wow, I did not know that is was $7000, thats totally insane. Yes, my Ibis Mojo was a heck of a lot cheaper and is actually a gorgeous fame as opposed sort of butt ugly! Like I sad this was interesting looking. Per their website “The IsoTruss frame uses an open lattice carbon fiber structural design concept that was originally developed at BYU under the direction of Prof. David W. Jensen, Director of the Center for Advanced Structural Composites. Tyler Evans, who spearheaded the project at the Center for Advanced Structural Composites at BYU, has been hired by Delta 7 Sports as Program Manager to develop the new frame which will go into production early next year.” Hype most likely, but it would be interesting to take it for a ride.