Bicycles often bring very interesting ideas to market before any other industries find use for them. Good reasons for this include the fact that bicycles require extremely lightweight materials, and many people are willing to pay a premium for the weight savings. Carbon fiber is widely used for bicycle frames, as are titanium and various aluminum alloys. Here is another such high-tech material used for a bike frame known as IsoTruss technology. The mini-trusses are made up of carbon fiber tightly wrapped with Kevlar cords. Originally invented at Brigham Young University by David Jensen and some students, a bicycle frame made from the material will cost a rather staggering $7,000. We think that the IsoTruss technology is very cool, and if there were found a good way to mass-produce the product, there could be a few automotive applications as well.
[Source: The Kneeslider, Delta 7]