In September this year, Rock West Composites (RWC) announced a significant expansion of its in-stock, carbon fiber tubing for high-performance carbon bicycle frame applications. Carbon composite materials are known in the bike industry for their high strength-to-weight properties and ability to accommodate a variety of design specifications. These properties are an important benefit for the performance cyclist and merit the increased price point relative to other tubing materials such as aluminum and steel.
|New unidirectional carbon fiber bike tubing from Rock West Composites.|
Tripling its products available for bicycle frames, RWC’s carbon fiber tubing range now covers the major elements of frame production including: head and seat tubes with steerer tubes and seat posts, top and down tubes, chain and seat stays, and bottom bracket shells. The company is unique in that it is a one-stop shop for bicycle builders, also offering aero tubing, pre-preg materials, fabrics, resin systems and bonding agents.
“As the composites industry has become more mainstream, carbon fiber products have become more affordable for smaller frame builders as well as for the average consumer,” said Dave Erickson, VP and General Manager of RWC’s Utah facility. “We wanted to expand our standard carbon fiber product lines with tubing specifically engineered and sized to meet the demands of the carbon bicycle frame market. We have cyclists in-house with extensive industry experience, so this not only grows our marketspace, but adds to the team’s work gratification.”