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German bicycle manufacturer Canyon Bicycles GmbH, has developed a racing bike chassis of carbon fibre reinforced polymer with the Institut fuer Verbundwerkstoffe (IVW).
The lightweight Carbon Ultimate F10 bike boasts a total weight of only 1260 grams (for the frame and fork) and its high stiffness for the first time exceeded the cyclists magical limit of 100 of the stiffness to weight ratio, the so-called STW-coefficient.
Project leader Michael Kaiser said that “”It was very motivating, after a very intense development period in Kai-serslautern and the manufacturing on location in Asia, to have such a positive feedback by prospective buyers at the Eurobike-Show in Friedrichshafen, one of the world’s largest bicycle exhibition””.
Following the success of the bike, Canyon will develop the next frame generation with IVW again, this time developing a carbon mountain bike frame.
The Carbon Ultimate F10 chassis received the coveted red dot award, the international trademark for quality of design, in the red dot design award 2005, one of the largest design competitions worldwide with more than 4000 applications from 40 countries.
In a comparative test with the worldwide leading racing bike chassis in the TOUR-Magazin (2/2005), Europe’s biggest bicycle magazine, the racing bike chassis ranked number one on the list with 75 points, 11 points ahead of the next competitor. The bike demonstrated its serviceability on a test circuit distancing several thousand kilometres.
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