If you’re a bike geek, you probably keep up with all the latest and greatest bikes. Do you remember when they were all made by old craftsman in dusty old shops in Europe. DeRosa, Basso, Guerciotti, etc. At the time road bikes were steel and with the exception of some fillet brazed frames they were primarily made of lugged construction.
For those of you that have been following our progress I thought I’d bring you up to speed at what has gone on since our last update.
We were hoping we'd be showing you all sorts of awesomeness by now, but I guess we were a little too confident. We knew things would take longer than planned and tried to be conservative, but even our conservative estimates were a little optimistic.
I’m going to do a little 4 part mini-series on carbon fiber materials. In this first article we’ll cover where the actual individual fibers come from and in following articles we’ll discuss types of fibers; their characteristics, strengths and weakness. Then we’ll go over the epoxies(matrix) and finally we’ll discuss commercially available products that are commonly used in high-end carbon frames. For a deeper dive into how carbon fiber actually works, check out Jared’s series on anisotropy.
There are almost as many methods for making a carbon bike as there are manufacturers. I think it’s fair to say that there is still a lot to be learned. That’s the fun part, there is plenty of room for improvement. While we all have our own variation on the theme, the bicycle industry has been using the same basic manufacturing processes for the last 20 years. There has been plenty of evolution in the form of small refinements which add up over the years, but not major incremental advancements.
Welcome to Pursuit Cycles. This post is kicking off what will be the first of many more for years to come. We plan to post at least every week and will cover subjects ranging from carbon fiber bike design, manufacturing and technology, to travel and rides. We'll also share stories about our beautiful town, Bozeman MT, the birth place of Pursuit Cycles. This Blog is broken into 4 topics; Happenings, Tech, Experience and Made In Bozeman. Please feel free to comment and let us know if there are anything you'd like us to write about.