Bicycle

17Aug 2015

Bcomp has collaborated with several academic partners (FHNW Brugg-Windisch, KU Leuven, FHNW St. Gallen) over several years to develop novel thermoplastic-flax prepregs, with the objective of matching the mechanical properties of flax-epoxy composites. In addition, thermoplastic matrices are tough and damage tolerant and offer the possibility of rapid processing.

Several application specific polymers were selected (stiffness, strength, strain or impact performance driven) and modified, comprising a cellulose derived thermoplastic and a co-polyoxymethylene (coPOM). As a first case study, a bicycle saddle sheet was produced with a brand new coPOM-ampliTex preform.

More info about ampliTex and Bcomp HERE

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17Dec 2014

The Revolución flax frame offers an innovative focus on performance and durability.

The frame uses natural flax fibre composite, ampliTex, to provide performance similar to carbon in terms of weight and strength, with a reduction in cost. Among other benefits such as taking twenty-five times less energy to produce than carbon fibres for instance. Using the ampliTex fibre technology, the frame already meets rigorous EN 14781 standards.

The composite tubing is able to deliver something different to carbon, by providing a tangible compliance and shock absorption over rougher surfaces. The bespoke titanium lugs offer a sharp visual contrast to the natural fibre. The strength to weight ratio of these parts mean this bike can be every bit the lithe yet tough featherweight that it promises.

More about ampliTex HERE

More Revolución flax frame HERE

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30Aug 2012

Germany-based Ergon Bike Ergonomics, a global leader in bike components, presented its SR2 BioComp Concept Saddle for the first time at the EUROBIKE 2012 (29th August – 1st September.) At the world’s most important tradeshow in the bicycle industry,  Ergon was awarded the 1st price (from a total of 439 entries from 28 countries) in the category “accessories” with its saddle sheet concept. This unique saddle is made from flax fabrics which provides the saddle with outstanding vibration damping properties, superior lightness and a look like nothing else known to the industry before. This revolutionary saddle sheet concept is the fruitful result of a 1-year collaboration between ERGON and Bcomp –  a Swiss company specialized in natural fiber composite solutions – providing ERGON with structural engineering, prototyping, processing, and the optimum fabric solutions from its ampliTex product range.