While most of us in this MRO world think and talk about the massive increases in the use of composite materials in the new Boeing and Airbus airplanes I was astonished to see how far Trek is going in the use of composites on it latest bicycle.
Over at one of my favorite reads, Velo News, it's all about cycling, Lennard Zinn just came out with a technical review of the new Madone. The Madone is the bike that Lance Armstrong rides for those not in this loop. The composite technology allows fascinating things here just as it does in the aircraft and you can see why it is becoming the manufacturing material of choice.
Zinn calls the new bike "revolutionary" and points to what the composite is allowing Trek to do. Writes Zinn, "the frame will far outlast the bearings several times over. In fact, its tests showed that the steel of the bearing cartridges gets worn down and notched after enough time on the pedaling through water day and night at 85rpm, and the steel balls themselves crack. But the carbon fiber shows no sign of wear-a completely unexpected result. " http://www.velonews.com/tech/report/articles/12366.0.html
It made me think about all the claims for less maintenance on the future composite planes as well. A side note that doesn't make me too happy, Boeing and Airbus are running around the world buying up all the composite materials they can get their hands on. It's making the bicycle I want get a lot more expensive.