Velocite Unveils Filament Wound Carbon Fibre Bike Rims
The Taiwan based carbon fibre frames producer is launching the first bike wheels with rims manufactured using an automated continuous filament winding process.
The new Velocite Venn Rev TCD 35 700c wheels are automatically manufactured, the company claims that using this automated continuous winding process delivers improved performance by reducing manufacturing errors and costs associated with manual lay-up process.
By replacing the hand lay-up process with a continuous tow machine winding with fibres under constant tension, significant performance, uniformity and cost benefits are realised. Velocite say that the automated process is more readily scalable and less reliant on skilled labour or intensive training, and has the potential to render the traditional hand lay-up carbon rim manufacturing process obsolete.
The Venn TCD 35 rims are one of three rims in the family of filament wound rims. The Venn TCD 35 rims are disk specific road tubeless rims, Venn TCC 35 rims are rim brake compatible road tubeless wheels, while Venn TUC 35 are rim brake compatible tubular wheels. All rims have a 35mm deep and 28mm wide profile at their widest point.
Victor Major, CEO and R&D Director of Velocite Tech said;
We are very excited by the new filament winding technology for composite rim production. We are also very encouraged that this technology is already recognised for its significance by our industry peers as evidenced by the d&i Award win.