19 September 2017
19 September 2017
US company Masi Bikes has released new frames and forks reinforced by TeXtreme carbon fibre fabrics.
By incorporating TeXtreme into its designs, Masi was able to reduce the weight by 110 g while improving stiffness, TeXtreme reports.
“The goal wasn’t to just make the frame lighter, we also wanted to make it a bit smoother without giving up any drivetrain stiffness,“ states Masi’s James Winchester. "By using TeXtreme, we succeeded in making a frame that gives us what we want from it. Since TeXtreme is so thin we could work with several plies to get the same thickness or less, resulting in significant improvements.”
TeXtreme technology is based on using spread tows instead of traditional round tows to create ultra-lightweight, high performance products. Companies utilising the TeXtreme technology achieve significant results in minimising weight while increasing rigidity and strength in comparison with other carbon fibre materials, TeXtreme reports. TeXtreme technology is also said to maximise the benefits of thin ply principles where research studies have shown the maximum strength until breakage is more than twice as high when compared with conventional carbon fibre fabrics.
Photo provided by TeXtreme
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Presentations are being invited for the 7th edition of Ecocomp, the International Conference on Sustainable Fibres, Polymers and Composites, which will take place on 19-20 June 2019 in Coventry, UK.
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