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3D Printed Titanium Dropouts!

The Design Museum recently showcased an evening of bike related discussions and events as part of it’s Bike V Design night. Cosmic were there talking about polo. There was so much that we wanted to see but unfortunately missed. However we did see the Charge Bikes talk which was very interesting.

Charge Bikes creative director and head of research, Nick Larson, was there to discuss the company’s direction and amongst many new things, focused on titanium printed dropouts. Currently these are being made on a small 3D printing bed and cost a lot of money! He mentioned £1000+ each!. But in the name of innovation he is pushing for this technique to become more popular which will inturn lower costs. He also mentioned his plans to take 3D printing into a wider range of bicycle components and possibly one day, a full bike frame. Exciting!

Here a new video showing the current production of Charges Printed Titanium Dropouts


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14 Bike Co. – Back in effect

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As most of you know, 14 Bike Co from London were one of the very first companies out there to build a hardcourt bike polo specific frame. They started with a 700c and eventually worked on a 26 inspired by old British grass polo frames. These frames are all handbuilt in England which remains true to their original ethos.

The 14 polo bikes with their zero rake forks and mega short wheelbase played a huge influence on London’s polo scene and helped take the game further. They ride like a dream and the maneuverability is like no other polo bike out there. However, things do change. The game is moving in all kinds of directions. Whilst some NA players out there are moving to 26, some Londoners et al are switching right back to 700! You gotta love development.  And whilst zero rake is still cutting it for some, finding ‘that ‘holy trail’ has become a big priority.

14 Bike Co. (despite almost vanishing from the face of the Earth) have been busy plotting and planning their next venture. And things are picking right back up. I can’t give too much away right now but what I can tell you all is that some new polo frames are going to be emerging very soon. Whilst the current version (bendy ST) will still be available, a new style with a brand new geo (inc Holy Trail) is about to drop. Two 26ers and maybe, just maybe, a 700! Oh and they’re gonna be Cosmic! We’re hoping these will be available ‘off the peg’ in specific sizes. Stay tuned for more info.

In the meanwhile, keep up to date with all the happenings over at the 14 BIKE CO site. The blog is back up and running and a few new sections are about to be added. Might even see a few polo players in the ‘my14′ bit.

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Also, check out Duncans new ESB 29er built by SuperTed. Very awesome!

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Cosmic @ Design Museum – Bike V Design Talk

Last night, Cosmic took part in the Bike V Design event at the London Design Museum.

To a packed audience, we gave a 30 minute talk from our own point of view about the evolution of bike polo, from the perspective of both game and equipment design.

We weren’t too sure what the set up would be like on the night. But we did our best to represent bike polo in an interesting and positive light. Several people come up to us after, asking more about how to get involved in bike polo, so that’s only got to be a good thing.

Seeing Todd ride through the crowd and do a skid stop on the Design Museum conference room carpet covered floor, was one of my highlights of the evening.

The talk was recorded by Resonance 104.4fm, so you should be able to catch it as a podcast in the coming days.

Overall, I think the Bike V Design night was a huge success. I heard word that the event might come back next year, bigger and better – lets hope so.

Thanks to Alice and Steven at the Design Museum for giving cosmic the opportunity to be involved. It was such great fun to be amongst such a rich mix of speakers, exhibitioners and performers from the bike  world.


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This is Cosmic – open for business

Finally, we have set up a web shop under the name…

The This is Cosmic shop is currently a simple set up, but we thought it was about time to put together a platform whereby we could offer Cosmic team designed items to our wider network of friends around the world at any time, rather than just in hand at tournaments.

In time, we will also be developing the shop to sell a selection of hand picked products from brand leaders connected to the bike polo scene.

Our philosophy is to only offer qualitative and functional products. Essentially, you will not find us selling anything that we have not had a hand in designing or would not use ourselves.

For now, you can visit the shop here or via the shop page at the top of our blog.

Thanks for your support – this is cosmic.


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Cosmic X Carhartt Tee No.2 – The Cosmic Eye

On the back of all this recent talk about our new jersey’s, I found this old photo-booth picture series taken in Geneva 2010, which shows off our now infamous purple cosmic eye team tee’s, printed in partnership with Carhartt.

Such a great tee, both in design and styling, thanks to it being on a quality Carhartt Pocket Tee.

So glad to keep this kit for the cosmic archives.