For the love of all things carbon

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  • Not that different from aluminium rims, maybe a little bit more bite when you squeezed hard but otherwise pretty similar. As you say though, a short spin round the block isn't going to be that good a test ride.

  • Lew VT-1 rims, Tune hubs, CX-Ray spokes.

    Near perfection, and you did'nt use them....?

    How did you find the braking on those?
    (I realise a trip round the block may not have shown a great deal btw)

    The braking is fine with decent carbon specific pads. The problem comes from heat disapation, or lack thereof. So on long decents the brakes can develope a unnerving grabby nature. The tune shwarzenbuggerluggerboobaas have a alu mesh on the surface which adds little weight, yet vastly improves braking. Want.

    Also if you must buy some carbon Ebay rims, get tubs. Even aluminium rims struggle with the lateral force of a high pressure clincher tyre. Carbon rims can struggle a lot with this (mine are kevlar reinforced in this area, I researched this aspect a lot)). I'd also vote for internal spoke nipples, as the drillings are smaller, and the nipple-rim contact area larger, to better cope with spoke tension.

    Ultimately, there is little weight saving over aluminium unless you want a deepish section rim.

  • Near perfection, and you don't use them....?

    I still have them. Keep promising myself I'll use them more, but those dreams of riding Euro sportives on them remain just that, dreams.

    I'd say never have kids, but it's too late for you and me!

  • I'd say never have kids, but it's too late for you and me!

    This is why half my bikes dont have gears. I'm not allowed to stray far enough to need them ;)

    Still, nice choice of wheelset.

  • Note to self: Don't breed.

  • All across the world, a huge sigh was released.

  • A huge something was released..

  • Not by you though. You're not breeding.

  • How long can you hold without breed?

  • A huge something was released..

    Fart.

  • Read this, and wasn't really sure where to put it...

    ...here seemed like as good a place as any: http://cervelo.com/en_us/news-blog/artic­le/the-myth-of-modulus/2939/

  • Nice little dig at Specialized in the comments

    in fact some companies advertise that they've outsourced such advanced analysis because their own engineers don't have the skills

    cough...McLaren Venge...cough

  • they just used a few hours of computer modelling/analysis time as Mclaren have more/faster computing power available. if you think how many components go into a formula1 car compared to the 2 parts of a frame/fork then it's easy to see why you 'collaborate' with a similar brand that you have no competition with but has the number crunching equipment. it's a good piece of marketing for both parties for very little outlay

  • they just used a few hours of computer modelling/analysis time as Mclaren have more/faster computing power available. if you think how many components go into a formula1 car compared to the 2 parts of a frame/fork then it's easy to see why you 'collaborate' with a similar brand that you have no competition with but has the number crunching equipment. it's a good piece of marketing for both parties for very little outlay

    Wouldn't all this be moots when the person behind the computer don't know much about cycling? i.e. me?

  • Wouldn't all this be moots when the person behind the computer don't know much about cycling?

    How dare you cast such aspersions on Moots, who I'm sure know more than enough about cycling to continue their successful line of metal tube frames.

    Serious answer:
    If Specialized ask the right questions, the CAD operator doesn't need to know why they are asking those questions in order to get the right answers. UKSI made a virtue of asking for help from non-cycling engineers, as they are not hidebound by tradition and are therefore more likely to come up with radical solutions.

  • This clutch lever for a BMW motorcycle is completely carbon fiber, including the entire body and blade, using Magura’s Carbotecture SL molding technique. It saves a full kilogram off the aluminum clutch lever that Magura used to supply to BMW. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com

    Same tech is now being applied to Magura MTB brakes.


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  • Much carbon. Many aeros. Wow.

  • No more carbon love?

  • I think I've seen full stormtrooper suits in carbon... so frickin' cool!!!!

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