BORAS, Sweden - TeXtreme carbon
reinforcements is a newly patented carbon fiber technology recently
introduced. This new technology will be implemented in a large number of
products being released this year.
TeXtreme will be implemented in a large number of products being
released this year.
- Photo: TeXtreme
TeXtreme has been used in Formula 1 for several years. Basically all
teams are using TeXtreme to reduce weight and improve performance on
their composite parts. These special features will now be implemented in
the bicycle industry as well. TeXtreme is already used in other premium
products where high-performance and ultra-light weight is of utmost
importance: aerospace, luxury cars, and racing yachts.
20%-30% less weight
Manufacturers of advanced aerospace, industrial and sports products
confirm that 20%-30% lighter composite parts can be produced with
improved mechanical properties and superior surface smoothness. TeXtreme
is a registered trademark owned by Oxeon AB, a Swedish company founded
The TeXtreme Technology uses tapes called spread tows instead of yarns.
These thin tapes are used to weave a fabric. The TeXtreme Technology
should give straighter fibers and less crimp which results in better
mechanical properties and reduces weight. It has also been found that
the extremely low crimp of TeXtreme only gives a stiffness knock-down of
0.08% compared to a cross ply of UD.
The low crimp basically eliminates the difference in performance from an
UD and has all the benefits of a woven fabric. Road race bikes, mountain
bikes and time trial have been the initial uses for these products.
Current uses of TeXtreme are high-end frames and disc wheels.
Argos Shimano on TeXtreme road bikes
One of the first Pro Tour teams that announced the use of TeXtreme for
its road bikes is Argos-Shimano. The team's primary 2013 road race bikes
will be Felt's F-series made with new UHC Nano TeXtreme carbon fiber.
Jeff Soucek, Director of R&D of Felt Bicycles says, "We were looking for
reduced weight on our frames, but still needed the same high properties
of stiffness and strength. By using TeXtreme we made a frame 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. For us it replaces the heavier base structure of
uni-directional carbon fiber."