A Spy Plane in Bike Form? The Limited Bastion ArchAngel Features 3D Printed Winged Lugs



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Australian-born Bastion Cycles, a bespoke bicycle manufacturer, just announced a very limited release of the ArchAngel. The name is a subtle “nod” to a CIA spy plane leading to a bike they’re calling the pinnacle of their design and engineering. The ArchAngel will strictly be limited to just 88 units worldwide.

Bastion Cycles Project Archangel on bench
Photo c. Bastion Cycles

The ArchAngel is said to be designed and developed entirely in-house, with “every detail of the bike being sculpted with precision and purpose, evoking lines and spirit of the world’s first titanium-skinned aircraft, the A-12 ArchAngel”.

Bastion Cycles states that they “cemented their reputation as leaders in additive manufacturing” by releasing the first commercially available 3D-printed bike 7 years ago. Now, with the ArchAngel, which they claim is “the most highly specified production bike ever released”.

Bastion Cycles Project Archangel headtube lugs

James Woolcock, Bastion Co-founder and COO had this to say:

The design of the A-12 ArchAngel was instrumental in inspiring me towards my engineering career. More than just the technology, the way “Kelly” Johnson led the Skunkworks projects with cross-functional team members working together at the same time to solve problems had a big impact on me and drives how we conduct projects today, including this one“.

Bastion Cycles Project Archangel seatstay:toptube lug

The literal representation of an angel can be seen in the artwork adorning each lug, says Charlie, a Bastion designer. He continues, “the artwork protrudes from the surface of the lugs for the first time, creating a sculptured presence that truly takes advantage of our 3D Printing technology“.

With the rapid adoption of 3D printing in bicycle frames, like the fine examples found in No.22 and Stein&Fenton frames and components, Bastion feels that what sets them apart is their use of the tech to create “remarkably beautiful, yet functional forms where the work of their craftspeople can shine”.

Every element of the ArchAngel has been meticulously designed, according to the Bastion team. They also picked every component knowing that it would contribute to the bike’s enhanced aesthetic and performance, stating that “every single component and every detail has been carefully selected to elevate the overall experience of the rider”

Bastion Cycles Project Archangel heat tube, stem

The press release continues: “With only 88 units available, and 25% already allocated, the ArchAngel is sure to be a highly sought-after collector’s item.”

Pricing and Specsheet

The price for this bicycle is available upon request, which Bastion claims is a “true indication of its prestige”, AKA, ‘if you have to ask…’.

They also want you to know that “while not exclusively reserved for existing clients, priority will be given to those who own or are in the process of purchasing one of Bastion’s other models.

Specsheet:

  • Frame: Bastion ArchAngel
  • Fork: Bastion ArchAngel
  • Barstem: Bastion ArchAngel
  • Headset: CeramicSpeed SLT
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 or SRAM Red AXS or Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Crankset: Bastion BC01 with or without SRM Powermeter and Carbon-Ti chainrings
  • Bottom Bracket: CeramicSpeed T47
  • OSPW: CeramicSpeed 3D printed with Cerakote finish on pully wheels
  • Wheelset: Lightweight Meilenstein EVO Schwarz Ed. or Obermayer EVO Schwarz Ed.
  • Tires: Pirelli P-Zero Velo Race TLR
  • Cages: King Cage Titanium with CeraKote finish
  • Saddle: Client choice, re-upolstered in Alacantra by Busyman
  • Bartape: Alacantra by Busyman

Click the link below to get your own ArchAngel or any of the steeds offered by Bastion.

BastionCycles.com



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