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Velocite Tech, the makers of Velocite bicycles and components, and Oxeon have entered into a research and development agreement to identify the optimal carbon fibre layup and resin system for fabrication of bicycle frames using TeXtreme based carbon fibre prepreg, and closed moulding process.
“We are very excited to be working with Oxeon in discovering the best application of their advanced TeXtreme Spread Tow material for bicycle frame manufacture.” said Victor Major, the CEO of Velocite.
“Our company mission is to make the highest performance bicycle frames using valid engineering and manufacturing principles, and by employing the most appropriate materials and technologies. The aim of this research project is to allow us to maintain our frame stiffness and handling leadership well into the future.” Mr. Major continues.
According to Oxeon, the TeXtreme Spread Tow Fabric has several properties that make it suitable for high performance bicycle frame construction: it is very light, the fibres are aligned perfectly and the cloth is effectively two dimensional allowing optimal resin content of the resulting prepreg material, and strong inter layer bonding. They explain that due to the unique properties and performance characteristics of TeXtreme it will be necessary to modify the existing layup patterns and application methods in order to derive the maximum performance benefits.
Oxeon say that the research and development project will also involve formulation and application of novel resins using a high quality process in order to achieve the best mechanical properties and prepreg uniformity. This will be done in collaboration with a major industrial resin and adhesives manufacturer in Taiwan.
The results of this research and development project are expected by the end of 2012.
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