We told you about it a recently, and it was on display at the recent London Bike Show, but now the creator behind Stebles Bikes, a carbon road bike with integrated carbon mudguards, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to put it into production.
Mudguards are jolly useful things in the British winter, but fitting them to some road bikes can be a faff. And even when fitted correctly, they can rattle annoyingly. The solution offered by founder Mark Stebles is a complete carbon fibre road bike with the mudguards built into the frame and fork. No more rattles.
“The design separates the rider from the terrain surface and anything that may fly off the tyres while also helping to keep the drive train running freely in all conditions,” says Mark.
“The unique design of frame and forks covers the wheels to protect the rider from tyre spray while shielding the most vulnerable part of the chain where it picks up the most debris from tyre spray. The cover shapes form a structural frame to support the wheels eliminating the need for a traditional tubular frame.”
A full-size 3D printed prototype was shown at the London Bike Show, and now Mark is hoping to make a full-size working version in carbon fibre. Mark is seeking £30,000 of funding, which will be used to manufacture the moulds to make a fully working carbon fibre bike, with a limited production run that will be sold through the Stebles website.
“I am trying to get this into production to follow my dream of creating my own bicycle,” says Mark. “I have been working on this for many years trying to find the right people to help me along the way and been led along and let down several times. I'm now within touching distance of finally realising my dream and making my own design of bike."
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.