05 August 2014
05 August 2014
Hexcel has extended its congratulations to Vincenzo Nibali and Team Astana on winning the 2014 Tour de France on bike wheels manufactured by CORIMA using Hexcel’s carbon fibre composites.
Hexcel explains Corima’s AERO+ MCC is a 100% carbon fibre wheel for road bikes produced using a complete composite process. It states the wheel rim, spokes and hub are made from Hexcel’s HexPly UD Prepregs and Prepregs based on Hexcel’s lightweight gap-free carbon fabric PrimeTex.
According to Hexcel, the high performance wheel weighs only 1,000 grams for a pair due to the low density of carbon fibre in the prepreg that assures a very accurate weight distribution and provides a very light rim with good rotation inertia. Very high levels of stiffness are achieved, enhancing performance and the mechanical properties of the UD carbon prepreg make it possible to use only 12 spokes for both the front and rear wheels, for an aerodynamic design.
Photo provided by Hexcel
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