20 October 2015
20 October 2015
Daniela Ryf won the Kona Ironman World Championship this weekend in Hawaii, US, riding a custom made IA FRD reinforced by TeXtreme from Felt Bicycles.
On the men’s side, Andreas Raelert, riding the new C:68 TT bike reinforced by TeXtreme from Cube Bikes, finished on a strong second place.
Oxeon explains that, bikes with composite parts reinforced by its TeXtreme carbon fibre materials have over the recent years been successfully used to win stages and races in competitions such as: Tour de France, Kona Ironman, Giro d’Italia, La Vuelta and several World Championships.
“The unique material characteristics together with our knowledge in FEA analysis, lay-up optimisation as well as the manufacturing- and marketing support, position TeXtreme as the No.1 collaboration partner for achieving ultra light products. The continuous success in the races further strengthens this position,” says Andreas Martsman, VP – Marketing & Sales of Oxeon.
Jeff Soucek, Director of R&D of Felt Bicycles, on their usage of TeXtreme, “We were looking for reduced weight on our frames, but still needed the same high properties of stiffness and strength. By using TeXtreme we succeeded in making frames that was lighter, as stiff, while actually increasing the impact durability. Because TeXtreme is so thin we could work with several plies to get the same thickness or less, resulting in significant improvements and a better riding experience.”
Photo provided by TeXtreme
Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) will install a sheet moulding compound (SMC) production line at its facility in Pouance, France, to support the need for its composite formulations in Europe.
Premium Aerotec, Faurecia Clean Mobility and Solvay have launched the research group IRG CosiMo: Composites for Sustainable Mobility, which will focus on the development of materials and process technologies to enable the high volume production of thermoplastic composites for the aerospace and automotive markets.
Covestro is pushing ahead with developing and marketing its continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites by introducing Maezio as brand name.