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Carbon Nanotube Technology Applied to Bicycle Products

09 September 2004

Easton's Bicycle Division have launched a new proprietary material featuring Zyvex’s Carbon NanoTube (CNT) additive, NanoSolve.

The division features NanoSolve CNT technology in many of its 2005 line of bicycle components.

Zyvex, a leader in the processing of carbon nanotubes, was selected by Easton as the partner that best meets the goal of incorporating CNT technology effectively in its products. Utilizing breakthroughs from ongoing programs such as its NASA SBIR contract for composite development, Zyvex has earned a reputation as the leader in the commercialization of nanotechnology by providing materials, tools, and structures to meet real-world applications.

“Easton has continued to raise the bar by offering innovative products based on the most advanced composite materials. We're pleased that our NanoSolve materials are an integral part of their product development,” said Zyvex President Thomas A. Cellucci, PhD, MBA.

While scientists have known about carbon nanotubes since 1991, their superior mechanical properties were inhibited by phase separation and clumping. Like throwing a wadded up steel cable into concrete, “it doesn’t do much good, no matter how strong the cable is” according to Larry Carlson, VP of R&D at Easton, “Zyvex’s technology helped us use the full properties of nanotubes, by unbundling them and integrating them into the composite material.”

Added John Harrington, Vice President of Easton Sports Bicycle Division, “we saw a large increase in the strength and toughness of the composite when the nanotubes were properly functionalized. With that achievement, we were able to create lighter and stronger bicycle components.”

Robert Folaron, Zyvex’s Director of Product Development sees the commercialization of nanotechnology accelerating with such collaborations, “The Easton-Zyvex partnership offers an opportunity for two leaders to rapidly develop a CNT-enhanced composite and quickly adopt it into a product line. We’re proud to help deliver the promise of nanotechnology to Easton’s bicycle products.”






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