The relentless push for more aero has lead to far more integration of cockpits and steering systems on TT and triathlon bikes – the only downside of this makes them painful to strip down for travel. Furthermore, where rotation of the steerer is limited, they often won’t fit in even our large Ventoux box.
A case in point is the Cube Aerium as owned by a US customer who needed a box as compact as possible whilst only removing wheels, seat post and handlebar aero extensions. This is what we came up with…
Our brief here was to design and produce a highly customised box to hold two bikes that could either be securely mounted to the rear of a RV or conventionally used for air travel. Customer required absolute minimum of disassembly so bikes could be quickly readied for a ride. Security was also a priority – the owners wanted peace of mind that both box and bikes would be secure when the RV was unattended.
The solution is a super-wide version of our Ventoux box that houses the two bikes head-to-tail without the need to remove handlebars or pedals.
Other design considerations are:
Twin handles and each end to facilitate two people lifting in to a RV rack
Additional bracing to support the box when hung on its side
Secure attachment system to enable closed box to be secured to RV
Quite a fun design process – in addition to a CAD model we mocked up a wood and cardboard space envelope to test the concept before cutting metal – see final photo.
Another example of our custom fabrication capability. Today we’re shipping a pair of these to a Canadian customer who wanted a system to keep his bikes upright and organised in the back of his SUV.
We developed this rack based on the standard mounting system used in the Tourmalet and Ventoux bike boxes – this accommodates both QR and thru-axle hubs and allows for a wide wheelbase range.
The idea is that these can be mounted inside the luggage compartment of a SUV or van, keeping precious bikes secure and out of the elements. Photos show seat-post removed but this can be kept in situ for taller vehicles. Each rack has two sets of adjustable outriggers to allow them to stand up stably – an array of slots provides for additional strapping to tie-down points. Finish is a durable matt black powder coating.
These two units were made as a custom order by laser-cutting and fabricating a number of aluminium elements. If there is sufficient interest in this then we’d tool up for higher volumes and add to the Buxumbox range.
We have recently experienced customer demand for a minimalist aesthetic where the owner wishes to apply his/her own decals, paint or artwork. An option for this Raw Aluminium finish has now been offered alongside our Standard Graphics and Enhanced Powder Coat finishes – here both the structural frame and panels are left unfinished, whilst latch and handle hardware is powder-coated black with internal fittings receiving an anodised finish.
The aluminium grades used have good corrosion-resistant properties and can even be polished to a near mirror finish if desired. The only instance where we would advise against Raw Aluminium is where box is used/stored in a marine environment.
For this option, please select “Raw aluminium” when configuring your box. A £80+VAT saving compared Standard Graphics is achieved with this finish.