Bicycles appear to be the most popular market for composites used in the recreation and sports category. Regarding the low weight, carbon fiber is an attractive alternative for bicycles to provide high strength additionally. With these properties, it is commonly used in the bike industry and we see it in almost everything from frames down to brake levers.
Manufacturing Carbon Fiber Bikes
The higher the treatment, the better the carbon; the stronger the carbon allows the use of less material that allows decreasing the weight. Different methods are used for this application. Referencing the main structural element, frames, most of the frames can be manufactured with filament winding technology for better and reliable frames. To acquire strong and lightweight carbon fiber frames, filament winding provides ideal manufacturing over other conventional production methods such as hand- lay-up and braiding. Braiding can be more expensive and the hand lay-up method can be a more time-consuming and non-reliable solution.
For the optimum carbon fiber structural elements, fibers must be replaced properly. While axial orientation provides high mechanical strength, replacement on different angles helps to increase resistance against bending and external forces. Therefore, axial fiber placement becomes crucial for the design of the bicycle frames.
Advantage of Carbon Fiber Bicycle
The advantages of the carbon fiber bicycle depend on the conditions where the owner will ride in. For example, the structural properties of the mountain bike must meet the external and balance conditions in significant tolerances to allow users to ride safely. Thus, high mechanical properties of carbon fiber and strong sharp handling must be provided for high standard bikes.
Regular carbon fiber bicycles gain additional carbon fiber advantage in the subjects of aerodynamic, handling, comfort, and tire performance. Due to the reduced weight and strong structures: comfortable, high-performance, and nimble bicycles obtained at the same time.
Overall, carbon fiber strongly affects bicycles in different aspects:
· High performance and agility
· Reduced weight
· Optimized balance
· Increased mechanical properties
· Superior comfort and aerodynamic performance