The Silca cyclometer stand costs $ 175 and is 3D printed in titanium
Usually, bike computer mounts are aluminum items that attach to the handlebars and cost between $ 20 and $ 40. However, Silca’s new stem-mounted Mensola is 3D printed in titanium and will set you back US $ 175.
So first of all, what is it for? Besides being able to say “Look at my 3D printed titanium cyclometer frame”, right?
Well, according to Silca, 3D printing technology allows the Mensola to be considerably lighter than conventional media, in addition to being much stronger. The device is manufactured through a process known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), in which a laser is used to fuse the titanium powder in a specific pattern, forming a three-dimensional object in successive fused layers.
This technique allows the main body of the frame to be printed in one piece, but it is do not a solid piece. Instead, the Mensola has a mesh interior that’s mostly covered with a solid aerodynamic skin. The company claims that this design gives it six to 10 times more structural strength than a traditionally made aluminum rack, while keeping it 10 to 15% lighter – depending on length, it would tip the scales by 34. at 37 grams.
As a bonus, the Mensola does not take up space on the handlebars. It is mounted to the front plate of the handlebar stem instead, via a few included titanium bolts that replace the two existing bottom bolts on the plate.
If you’re interested, the Silca Mensola is available now, through the company’s website. It comes in lengths ranging from 22mm to 35mm and is currently compatible with Wahoo and Garmin computers.