Behind the fitting space is the ‘Testing Lab’ area where every 3D printed frame component is tested by an ‘ultimate tensile testing machine’ to confirm strength and quality. This is also where the lateral stiffness of the frames, forks and handlebars are tested. Every part of the Bastion production and quality control is meticulously done in-house.
After the Testing Lab you will find, what Bastion call 'The Pretty Room', where two 3D printing machines run non-stop. 3D printed components are not new in cycling, but Bastion are unique in having complete control over the entire bike production process, making them leaders in this exciting field.
The Pretty Room was amazing, Ruedi even got the chance to put on the gloves and feel for himself how the parts form. Once components are printed, they go into strengthening where they are exposed to extremely high temperatures that achieve the desired material strength.