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17th October 2016, Boras

Ironman winner rides Felt IA FRD reinforced by TeXtreme

Defending champion Daniela Ryf won the women’s Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA, riding a custom made IA FRD reinforced by TeXtreme from Felt Bicycles. Next to Ryf on the podium stood three-time Kona champion Mirinda Carfae, who also rode a Felt IA FRD.

“The unique material characteristics together with our knowledge in FEA analysis, lay-up optimization as well as the manufacturing and marketing support, position TeXtreme as the No.1 collaboration partner for achieving ultra-light products. This past weekend’s win at Kona further strengthens this position,” commented Andreas Martsman, VP – Marketing & Sales of Oxeon AB.

By weaving ultra-thin, flat Spread Tows instead of round yarns, TeXtreme is being used to create ultra-lightweight, high-performance products. © TeXtreme

Bikes with composite parts reinforced by TeXtreme carbon fibre materials have over the recent years been successfully used to win stages and races in competitions such as the Tour de France, Ironman World Championships, Giro d’Italia, La Vuelta a España and several World Championships.

TeXtreme Technology

TeXtreme represents the next generation in state-of-the-art carbon fibre material and which has been broadly adopted by the bicycle industry. By weaving ultra-thin, flat Spread Tows instead of round yarns, TeXtreme is being used to create ultra-lightweight, high-performance products.

Companies utilizing TeXtreme Technology are said to achieve significant results in reducing weight while increasing stiffness and strength, in comparison to other carbon fibre materials, according to the manufacturer.

Daniela Ryf won the women’s Ironman World Championship, riding a custom made IA FRD reinforced by TeXtreme from Felt Bicycles. © TeXtreme

Utilization of TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics and carbon UD tapes by manufacturers of advanced aerospace, industrial and sports products confirms that 20-30% lighter composite parts can be produced with improved mechanical properties and superior surface smoothness, the company reports.

Reducing weight

“We were looking for reduced weight on our frames, but still needed the same high properties of stiffness and strength. By using TeXtreme we succeeded in making frames that was lighter, as stiff, while actually increasing the impact durability. Because TeXtreme is so thin we could work with several plies to get the same thickness or less, resulting in significant improvements and a better riding experience,” said Jeff Soucek, Director of R&D of Felt Bicycles.

TeXtreme carbon fibre fabrics have been used throughout the bicycle market in frames, wheels, saddles, helmets and shoes for road cycling, mountain biking, Time Trial/Triathlon, cyclocross and track racing.

Alongside the use of TeXtreme in bicycles, other users can be found in Formula 1, America’s Cup, NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy Car, ice hockey, golf, tennis, surf boards, table tennis, rowing shells, canoes, skis, snowboards, and various industrial and advanced aerospace applications.

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