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Bicycle frame features spread tow carbon fabrics

Oxeon : 19 September, 2013  (Application Story)
Kemo Bikes has showcased its new range of road bikes at the Eurobike show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The top of the line frame model KE-R8 5KS is built using TeXtreme spread tow carbon fabrics for high specific stiffness.
Bicycle frame features spread tow carbon fabrics
TeXtreme is a generation carbon fibre material based on using spread tows instead of yarns to achieve ultra light weight and high stiffness, compared to other carbon fibre materials.
 
In 2001 carbon fibre frames marked with the letter K made their first appearance at the Milan trade fair at the Sintema Sport stand. It was a courageous choice at the time and somewhat surprising for an engineering company which built frames with the slogan “Handmade Quality Frames”. 12 years later, the brand new Kemo bikes are engineered in Switzerland and the bikes are assembled in Italy using advanced production technologies.
 
Mario Comalli R&D Manager of Kemo Bikes says: “The use of TeXtreme was key to get the desired performance in our top model. TeXtreme has helped contribute to a good weight to stiffness performance improvement; this is a technology that can be easily explained to the consumer market.”
 
Alongside the bike industry current TeXtreme users can be found in Formula 1, Americas Cup, golf shafts, surf boards, aircraft interiors, rowing boats,  skis, snowboards, ice hockey sticks, NASCAR and various industrial and advanced aerospace applications.
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