This may just be the best looking MTB I’ve ever seen. It’s a 3D sustainable aluminium concept frame and form from Canyon, who were asked by BIKE Magazin Germany to build the Cradle 2 Cradle’ frame.

The aim was to design a bike that could be as sustainable as possible with all components being fully recyclable and materials reusable without risking quality.

I’m not usually a fan of this kind of look but take a ganders at the full bike in its bare aluminium form.

Canyon’s rigid 29er mountain bike frameset concept uses 3D-printed aluminum, which is both recyclable and could in theory have an even lower carbon footprint by being produced close to the end-user. Imagine perhaps a special Canyon 3D electric ‘PrintBus’ that rolled up to your door, the staff raid the house for tins of soup and old tennis rackets and voila, the next day you’ve got a brand new frame.

The combined weight of the frame and fork is said to be 2kg. 

Canyon say that the 3D printing is a relatively slow process, but this does look very much the way the production of bikes is headed.

Wonder how much it’ll cost though?

All images from BIKE Magazin.

Author: Lee Rodgers

Cycling coach, race organiser, former professional cyclist and the original CrankPunk.

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