Building the 2015 ASME bike
May 9, 2015 by jnyyz
Just for fun, here are some pictures looking back at the build of Viteza, this year’s bike. One of the big enhancements for the team was that they got access to a CNC router which which they were able to make moulds for the frame, rollbar, and fork.
Here, carbon is being cut for the main frame.
Calvin shows off a test piece for laying up the front half of the frame. The frame mould had to be in two sections because of the size of the router bed.
The mould for the roll cage.
The finished piece.
Here is the frame being cured.
The entire frame and roll cage assembly.
Laying up the rear fairing on a male buck. It has a foam core sandwich construction.
The tail fairing being painted, the day before the team left. Usually painting happens at competition!
A discussion around a table where you can see the moulds for the fork.
The carbon cut for the fork. In some areas, there were 20 layers of carbon.
In parallel with the build, Aerovelo was working on tweaking Eta, last year’s bike from Battle Mountain.
Although the design and mould fabrications were done over a long period of time, the final build of the bike was left to the last month, and in fact happened over mainly the last couple of weeks.