Bicycles

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Amongst the carbon carbon fibre clad hyper cars on display at this years Geneva motor show, Audi unveiled its super lightweight limited edition sport racing bike.

The Audi sport racing bike racing has been developed in partnership with CarbonSports and showcases the brands use of lightweight materials. The super lightweight frame weighs in at just 790g while the wheels of the bike are made from T1000 carbon fibre, the same stuff that was used on the Audi R18 e-tron quattro cockpit. The result is a bike that has a total weight of just 5.8kgs (13.0 lb).

A close up of the carbon wheels made by CarbonSports
A close up of the carbon wheels made by CarbonSports

Sharing more similarities with their automobiles, the colour scheme comes from the Audi Concept Design Studio in Munich and like the new Audi R8, your posterior rests on a seat that’s covered in fine nappa leather. The company is only planning on making 50 and are available to buy now for around €17,500 each.

Whilst researching alternatives to carbon fibre for use in its bamboo and composite bikes, the UK-based company came across Flax, a product that was not only environmentally friendly but had the performance and processing properties they were looking for.

New methods of processing flax have led to renewed interest in the use of the material as an industrial fibre. Flax fibre used in engineering applications provide the high performance and easy processing normally associated with glass fibre composites but with lower weight and environmental impact.

The strength of the frames is due to our unique manufacturing processes that is completely new in this industry, compressing laminates with pressures of up to 8 times that of a conventional carbon monocoque frame we can create stronger laminates and use more exotic materials.

The frame, which weights just 3.3kgs is a combination of bamboo and flax, the former gives the frame its wooden good looks while the latter adds strength and impact absorption. To ensure minimal void content in laminates and an optimum fibre volume fraction, Guapa engineered their own pre-preg flax, creating a bike that the company say is probably the most sustainable and highly engineered available today.

The frame is protected with a special UV and water stable coating that prevents any water ingress and maintains the natural wood.Once made, the frames are shipped off to Germany for testing, here they are put under a week long routine of repetition and impact tests to pass the newest ISO European standards. The Urban One passed these tests with the same frame for all 5 tests, putting it through an equivalent of about 10 years of use.

The Urban One starts at around £2,100 and goes up depending on the options, the company plan to increase the range of bamboo bikes in the near future with a Dutch-style and folding design all in the pipeline.

Images Copyright: Guapa

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Starting with the S-Works McLaren Venge followed by the S-Works McLaren TT helmet, Specialized and McLaren have worked closely over the years to push the possibilities of cycling. Recently, the partnership resulted in a completely new way to understand the forces exerted on bicycles via a custom data acquisition and simulation program developed exclusively with McLaren.

Taking advantage of McLaren’s knowledge and expertise in using the black stuff the Tarmac’s frame, forks, crankset, handlebars and wheels all feature a unique carbon fibre lay-up process that results in an additional 10% weight saving over the standard Specialized Tarmac.

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At $20,000 a pop only 250 of these bikes are penciled in for production worldwide with all of them being reserved pretty quickly. Each highly limited bike comes equipped with a pair of custom made S-Works Road Shoes and an S-Works Prevail helmet, both painted to match the frame. Additionally, every S-Works McLaren Tarmac will be built to the individual specifications of the rider based upon the included Body Geometry Fit consultation for a truly personalised experience.

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This is the carbon fibre panther, a pedal assisted electric bike and winner of the 2014 good design award.

The handmade frame on the bike has been made using more than 10 layers of the carbon fibre, making the frame super light but also extremely strong. Completely handmade and constructed in one piece, the Panther’s carbon frame not only meets strict testing regulations, but at a total weight of only 16.9 kilograms, it is currently the lightest commuter e-bike in the world.

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The 250w motor has long lasting 36 volt battery that quietly delivers the peddle power when needed and will last 80 kilometres on a full five hour charge. The bikes smart mode calculates the level of assistance you need for optimal ride comfort, taking into account both riding conditions and your peddling power, and intelligently adjusts the power while you ride.

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The panther features dual shock suspension for a smooth ride

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The e-bike features an onboard computer displaying all kinds of information to the user

 

 

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The new 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 is a supercharged supersport class motorbike and features a 998 cc inline-four engine with supercharger, Kawasaki says will generate 300hp, around 50% more power than its nearest rival and could be in serious contention to beat the world speed record for a production bike currently held by the Suzuki Hayabusa.

The companies aerospace division made the carbon fibre bodywork, with the front fairing featuring distinctive winglets which have been designed to help move cooling air through the engine bay whilst producing much needed downforce, to keep your wheels on the road.

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The bike was unveiled last month at the Intermot motorcycle trade show, Kawasaki announced that this race-only Ninja H2R will also have a street legal brother with lower power.

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Nothing says pain more than coming off your bike at speed, using the road as your break, and any rider will tell you that road rash rates around a 7.5 on the pain scale. However the clever people over at Scott and Schoeller Textiles have come up with new carbon fibre reinforced clothing that could make road rash a thing of the past.

The company is developing a range of shorts and jerseys that are made from a blend of Carbon yarns and ceramic prints which provides the fabric with a very high abrasion resistance allowing the garments to hold up even if the rider ends up sliding across the road

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In the racing scene, crashes at high speed happen all the time, normally not causing broken bones, but definitely tearing the skin. This mainly leads to gnarly infections and in most cases, a recovery period of 3 to 4 weeks.

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Carbon fibre has been woven directly into the fabric, ensuring an even higher breakage strength while also adding an antibacterial element. The clothing is covered in patterns of ceramic particles in a pentagon-shaped design which protects the material from the friction of a rider hitting the road and also helps the fabric resist tearing.

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