After the founder and president of Phantom Frames learned of his six-year-old son’s wish for a bike that could “light up”, the idea to develop a transparent bike frame with internal illumination grew. So he started to source the components needed for his very personal project.
A bright idea for bicycles
Since Phantom Frames is creating children’s bicycles, the quality and consistency of the materials used is very important. The bike frame had to be transparent to transmit the light – but at the same time extremely robust. Thus, Phantom Frames was looking not only for a high-performance material, but also for technical support.
The durability of Makrolon® 2807 thermoplastic, paired with its light weight, made it the ideal material for Phantom Frames. The material’s glass-like transparency allows the light to pass through the material easily. In the production process, this medium-viscosity grade of Makrolon® polycarbonate is easily released from the mold. At the end of the day, a boy’s wish turned into a bright new business: today the bike is available in five colors with flashing features.