Bicycle found new journey with carbon fibre

Since the development of the sport in the 1970s many new subtypes of mountain biking have developed, such as cross-country (XC) biking, all-day endurance biking, Free ride-biking, downhill mountain biking, and a variety of track and slalom competitions. Each of these place different demands on the bike requiring different designs for optimal performance. MTB development has included an increase in gearing, up to 30 speeds, to facilitate both climbing and rapid descents.

Virtually all carbon fibre bicycle component manufacturing for various bike brands occurs in China and Taiwan by one, or several carbon fibre component factories. The factories employ material and composites engineers who research and implement the ideas and proposed solutions of the bike brands. Velocity carbon fibre components, frames and rims are also made in China and Taiwan, but almost uniquely, they are made by the same company meaning that we preserve all the knowledge and fine tuning that we accumulate over time across our entire carbon fibre frame and rim range. The high importance of laying down patches of carbon fibre prepare in different orientations is due to carbon fibre having maximum strength only along the lengths of the fibres. This also helps illustrate why using unidirectional fibre instead of woven carbon fibre creates stronger frames. Recently full suspension designs have become more prevalent, and the use of advanced carbon fibre composites has allowed bike designers to produce full suspension designs under 10 kg They are built with frames that are strong, yet light, which often requires the use of more expensive alloys and very recently, carbon fibre. In the past few years, lighter downhill bikes have been getting below the 40 lbs mar. Advances in carbon fibre and component technology happen quickly, so a seemingly great deal may be only an average one.

Carbon is generally lighter than other materials, can be constructed to provide specific ride qualities in ways that metal tubes can’t, and offers unlimited tube shapes–aero or just freaky cool. If you race and want a super stiff frame, carbon offers the best mix of low weight, aerodynamics and drive train stiffness without a buckboard ride.

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