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Cutting-Edge Prototypes Push a Passion for Cycling

Think of your bike. How many materials does it represent? A rigid metal frame, rm rubber tires, soft handlebar grips, a cushioned seat, clear and colored lenses β€” a lot of engineering and testing go into a smooth, fast ride.

Engineers and designers at Trek Bicycle in Waterloo, Wisconsin, are famously obsessed with improving that ride. Their innovations have included a proprietary carbon-fiber manufacturing method that produces record-breaking lightweight frames, and an ultra-aerodynamic airfoil, the mere shape of which can provide not just extremely low drag, but even negative drag, or thrust.


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This color bike seat model shows the pressure that a rider puts on this seat.

This color model shows the pressure that a rider puts on this seat.

β€œIt’s important for our prototype parts to look and feel like production parts.”

Mike Zeigle, Trek