We mentioned back in September that a new carbon fiber material was being used in a mountain bike made by Berria. Called TeXtreme®, the material is likened to a thin flat tape rather than a round cross section yarn and is made in a patented process that provides unique possibilities for weight savings and performance improvements compared to other carbon fiber materials.
So far, there have been successes where this production process has been deployed in such diverse arenas as Formula 1, the Americas Cup, and the Daytona 500, but of more interest on these pages also in the Tour de France and the Kona Ironman.
TeXtreme say that their products are now in use by Bell Helmets, as well as Felt bikes, and by PRO Shimano. Given the claim that this remarkable material can reduce weight by 20-30% compared to conventional carbon fiber materials, with maintained or increased levels of stiffness and/or strength, it is not surprising that they are expanding their bridgehead into the cycling market.
If you would like to know more, take a look at the explanatory video clip on YouTube.
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