08 April 2008
08 April 2008
Time Sport International, the sports bicycle frame and accessories manufacturer, has recently worked with Huntsman Advanced Materials to develop a unique high performance bike – the RXR.
Using a special multi-part assembly technology based on high modulus carbon composite components, the RXR can be built to the optimal design for individual customer requirements.
This multiple part technology is the result of two years research and development, including numerous wind tunnel tests to optimise the aerodynamic design of each of the modules. The revolutionary aerodynamic design is compliant with UCI regulations.
Each bicycle frame comprises three component parts made in mould “shells” using Araldite epoxy system with carbon fibre. This technology enables the mechanical features of each shell to be modified according to specific requirements.
Each aerodynamic frame is available in four sizes, weighing just 1300gms in total, and includes the latest state of the art Translink integrated seat tube. The distinctive high gloss red frame is finished with the striking Time Sport logo.
The Araldite system used to produce the carbon components is Araldite LY 564 / Aradur 22962 which can be cured at temperatures > 100degC. This amine cured laminating system has very low viscosity so is suitable for the latest injection techniques used by Time Sport. It also has a long pot life (up to 150mins at 23degC) and high reactivity, for example curing for 15mins at 100degC.
Since its initial launch in 2005, the RXR has proved its performance in a range of time trials including the World Championships.
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