Bike falling to pieces? Sick of finding expensive replacements? Check out Trayser, a futuristic e-bike with 3D printable spare parts.
The Trayser is an electric bike with a frame that looks spectacularly over-engineered — as though Michael Bay and Vin Diesel were sitting on the design committee — but it has an interesting hook for 3D printing fans. With STL files for individual components, owners can get spare parts and accessories 3D printed.
The e-bike comes from British firm ETT Industries. It has a unique modular aluminum frame, long range Lithium battery pack, and a high performance belt drive. According to their website, the company goal is about “making electric personal transportation solutions for the modern urban lifestyle.”
The Trayser is most certainly eye-catching. And in terms of electronic mobility, forward-thinking too. The plastic wraparound shell hides a 42V lithium ion battery, providing a range of 60 miles up to 15.5 mph. Most impressively, the battery only takes 300 minutes to fully charge.
So how does the Trayser ride? In a review by The Guardian, the bike is described as “wonderfully comfortable and the electric pedal boost is instant and responsive.”
But one pitfall is that the bike weighs a whopping 27 kg, so it’s going to be much heavier than your average push bike. Just don’t let yourself get caught out with a flat battery!
3D Printing Spare Parts for the Trayser
Another major point of interest with the Trayser is how ETT Industries have embraced 3D printing. In the age of localized manufacturing and personal expression, they fully understand how many folks may want to… er… pimp their rides.
“We want to help all our customers to personalise and get the most from their electric bikes, by offering them unique and interesting parts, as well as spares, that they can 3D print at home for free.”
Currently, you can download a small range of items like mudguards, brake clips, and cup holders. But the company is promising to expand their “Future Factory” with a community forum, gallery, and additional downloads in the very near future.
Of course, there are many 3D printing bike nerds who have already managed to bolt on bits and bobs of their own design — GoPro and iPhone camera mounts being one popular pastime — but the advantage here is that these are the official STL files released by ETT. No worries about a badly fitting accessory here.
And if the design isn’t quite up to scratch and you’re feeling creative, then you can use the 3D models as the basis for a remix to fabricate your own custom accessories and build your own unique creation.
Check out the stylish video below for a taster of the Trayser electric bicycle, together with the Raker motorbike which was recently released this spring.
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