The 2019 Bike
This year, the Cal Poly team is making strides to improve our design and manufacturing processes, club cohesion, and professional presence. This will allow students the opportunity to participate in a real engineering project while gaining real-world workplace experience as a part of an engineering team. We have broken down the tasks ahead of us and taken a tactical approach in order to make the best bike possible for the Battle Mountain competition. This year's bike will be unlike any other Cal Poly has made before.
Battle Mountain is, above all else, a competition about speed. In past years, our bikes have been made with versatility in mind. They were designed to traverse a course that included tight turns and obstacles, and thus speed was sacrificed for agility. Our transition to the Battle Mountain competition allows us to design and build a bike that is solely focused on achieving the highest top speed possible.
As of August 2018, we are in the design phase of this project. To make the bike as light and efficient as possible while maintaining rideability, our design team is minimizing extra space and weight while maximizing drivetrain efficiency. Most components of the bike will be manufactured in-house at either of the two Cal Poly machine shops, the Aero Hangar, and Mustang 60. The bike's construction will be a year-long undertaking and will debut at the 2019 Battle Mountain Competition next September.