Delta 7 Sports has a new bicycle frame built with IsoTruss technology. IsoTruss is an isosceles triangle based pyramid grid structure that can be made from a variety of composite materials, IsoTruss tubing is made from multiple layers of carbon fiber wrapped with Kevlar cords. The lattice structure creates a very light yet very strong material that can be used in a wide variety of applications. Delta 7 Sports has used the IsoTruss tubing to produce the 2.75 pound Arantix bicycle frame, which they say is 10 times stronger than a steel frame of the same weight.
IsoTruss was invented at Brigham Young University by David Jensen with assistance from several graduate students. It’s a pretty interesting material with a very different look, instead of solid tubing, it’s an open lattice and can be used for all sorts of structures in place of steel tubing, signposts, antennas, tube frame race cars, bicycle frames and who knows what else.
Is there a use for IsoTruss in motorcycle building? Possibly, especially in some hidden areas where light weight and strength are highly desirable, but I think it’s a pretty cool new material no matter what. Interesting.