2016-05-12 | Bicycle
South African bicycle manufacturer SwiftCarbon has shown a sneak preview its 2017 product range which includes their top-end Ultravox SSL frame design, reinforced by TeXtreme® carbon fiber fabrics. Using TeXtreme® resulted in a 24% improvement in strength-to-weight ratio.
TeXtreme® is the next-generation state-of-the-art carbon fiber material now being used in the bicycle industry; it is based on using Spread Tows instead of yarns to create ultra-light weight, high-performance products. Companies utilizing the TeXtreme® Technology achieve significant results in minimizing weight while increasing rigidity, strength, etc., in comparison to other carbon fiber materials.
“The unique TeXtreme® Technology and its Spread Tow carbon fiber materials reduce the amount of material needed while still delivering the same strength. This increases the strength-to-weight ratio for the new Ultravox SSL by 24% and also allows us to adapt the technology to full-carbon accessories like the headset and seat clamp,” says Mark Blewett, founder of SwiftCarbon.
Mark continues, “SSL is a project that explores the boundaries of what’s possible in working with composites. We started out with us saying: ‘Imagine if…’ and wove together what we’ve learned by creating the ultra-light SwiftCarbon SCULP with months of scientific experimentation and the instinctual feeling you get from years of always working with the latest materials and manufacturing methods. TeXtreme® is the perfect partner for us because we can work with their team of engineers, who really helped in reaching our weight and performance goals.”
In addition to the bicycle industry, current use of TeXtreme® is prevalent in Formula 1, America’s Cup, NASCAR and Le Mans racing; in the manufacture of golf clubs, surfboards, tennis racquets, table tennis blades, rowing shells, skis, snowboards and ice hockey sticks; and in various industrial and advanced aerospace applications.
The Ultravox SSL will be available for the coming 2017 season.