These rather snazzy running bikes are the creation of Munich-based aerospace engineer Sebastian Mores. The overall concept, inspired by his own children was to develop a running bike that whilst fun, were also very safe.
[three_fourth]Mores Design was founded back in 2011 and since then the engineer has been busy creating the Petitpierre. Using his knowledge and experience from the aerospace industry, Sebastian and his team combine ultra-lightweight carbon fibre (CFRP) composites with state of the art manufacturing technologies, optimised ergonomics and the highest safety standards.
With prices starting from €1,499 this deluxe racer is available to order from the Mores Design website and comes in three different versions rosé, white and black.[/three_fourth]
Design and materials for children’s bikes are not at the same level as adults bikes.
Design & Features
A lot of time has been spent on the development, production, materials and the design of the Petitpierre. The elegant and ultra-light weight frame has been engineered using the latest technology.
The low center of gravity is a unique design characteristic that does not currently exist in any other running bike. Due to this, the bike moves in a smooth way and can be steered by the frame itself.
The frame’s geometry and components have been adapted to the needs of your little ones, and because children comes in all different shapes and sizes you can make lots of adjustments to the bike. Saddle pitch and shift, as well as the stem’s height can all be adjusted with the inclusion of two carbon fibre seat tubes to allow for the height. The grips of the bike and the break leavers have also been specially designed for a child’s hand.
The company have really focused their attention on safety and lots of little details have been thought about, the hubs on the wheels for example are 75mm in thickness instead of the usual 120 to 145mm, inset into the saddle is an led light and the running bikes V brakes have been mounted on the back wheel instead of the front, with the brake cable running through the frames core.[/three_fourth_last]
High-tensile-strength carbon-fibre mats and synthetic resins are converted in to high quality frames and forks using the companies patented X7 technology, designed to give absolute rigidity at very low weights
First, in a complex thermal process, PAN fibres (Polyacrylnitril) are spun in to high-performance carbon fibres which are then processed in to carbon-fibre mats. Continuous monitoring assures quality assembly during the laying of laminate in to the frame mould, performed exclusively by hand. At the same time, the special fibre mat layup plan guarantees that the frame is rigid enough in specific areas, and flexible enough in other areas, to properly enhance riding comfort.
Once the fibre mats have been soaked in resin and placed in the mould, the raw frame, still in its mould, is placed in a special, near-vacuum oven and carefully baked. This is where the fibre mats bond with the resin to create one, inseparable material. For the baking process Mores use special outer and inner pressure mechanisms to eliminate wrinkles or bubbles that could weaken the frame’s structural integrity. This also allows them to significantly reduce the amount of resin, further reducing weight while increasing rigidity.
The high-strength carbon fibres used in our running bikes are only otherwise found in the aerospace and motorsports industries