Bayamo: New NeilPryde Bike Created in Partnership with BMW
We have only just finished reporting on DesignworksUSA’s computer mouse design with Thermaltake, and now we get wind of another more transport-related project the consultancy has recently wrapped up.
To meet the specific demands of time trial athletes, NeilPryde Bikes has introduced the new Bayamo and Bayamo+, the third line of frames created through the ongoing partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA’s team in Asia. Bayamo joins the Alize and Diablo road bikes that were launched in 2010, and signified NeilPryde’s first entries to the biking segment. The Bayamo shares its name with a fierce Caribbean coastal wind, referencing NeilPryde’s roots in sailing and windsurfing.
“DesignworksUSA drew upon NeilPryde’s legendary sense of adventure and competition in marine sports to help create their first bikes, the Alize and Diablo”, says Laurenz Schaffer, President BMW Group DesignworksUSA.“Now Bayamo adds a time trial athlete to the growing product family, bringing NeilPryde Bikes’ design DNA together with cutting edge approaches to achieve light weight, high strength and wind-cheating aerodynamics,” Schaffer concludes.
High-modulus, unidirectional C6.7 carbon-fibre comprises the Bayamo’s frame. The frame’s profile appears substantial and flat from the side yet thin and light when viewed from the front or rear. Aerodynamic efficiency is critical for the time-trial cyclist, and NeilPryde’s computational fluid dynamic analysis and wind tunnel testing shaped the character lines along the Bayamo’s frame together with its distinct “Kamm” tail at the rear. All drivetrain and shifting cables are routed internally within the frame, further refining both the aesthetics and aerodynamics of the Bayamo. While the unique dropout mechanism, exclusive to Bayamo, enables better positioning of the rear wheel. Bayamo also gets a graphics package created by DesignworksUSA.
For improved aerodynamics and added comfort, Bayamo+ introduces NeilPryde Bikes’ proprietary QFit stem design that is adjustable for height and ride angle. By creating the ideal rider position, together with a stiff bottom bracket where the cranks and pedals meet the frame, Bayamo+ aims to ensure that the rider’s energy is transmitted with efficiency and power.
Source: BMW Group DesignworksUSA