With the holiday season upon us I thought it would be a good idea to review a few real carbon fiber products. This is the first of a five part series where I will review some of my top picks for the first "Carbon Fiber Guru Holiday Gift Guide". First up is the carbon fiber iPhone 4 case and carbon fiber iPad sleeve case from ...
DRO Concepts carbon fiber iPhone 4 cases are currently in production and will begin shipping in about 3-4 weeks away. Right now the shipping date is set to be Monday August 16th. Pre-Orders began June 24th and if you do choose to pre-order it ensures you will receive a carbon fiber case from our first production batch.
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The carbon fiber toilet seat is definitely one of our most unique products, if not the most. We’ve even covered an entire toilet bowl made out of carbon fiber…but it’s your pretty standard look. What if you’re like us and love the modern stuff…a standard toilet won’t work for you…but you’re a carbon fiber lover, what can you do? That’s when you take a look ...
With the World Cup just around the corner, shoe companies are showing off their best . So Adidas is touting the lightest soccer shoe ever (which is the latest innovative use of carbon fiber).
Where the typical soccer shoe weighs about 10 ounces, the Carbon Fiber shoes Adidas has dubbed the F50 Adizero tips in at 5.8. That's over 40% lighter and 100% cool.
For the first time ever, carbon fiber is being used in swimming goggles. Aimed at professional triathletes and open water swimmers, the frames of these goggles use a carbon fiber reinforced polyamide compound to improve the comfort of the goggles, reduce the hydrodynamic drag, and of course lower the weight.
The new goggles, aptly named the "Carbon Race", are being introduced this month by ...
There’s no doubt about it, but retro-modernism is here to stay. Check out this amazing concept created by Aston Martin to celebrate their 100th anniversary! I can already imagine toupées and hair flying all over the place, as the Speedster zips down the road. One the plus side, once you get one, you will no longer need a blow dryer.
The CC100 Speedster was unveiled this past weekend at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race in Germany. It packs a front-mounted 6.0-liter V12 engine. The rear wheel drive is coupled with an automated manual gearbox. To help keep weight down, the whole upper body is carbon fiber. All of this will make the Speedster go 0 to 60 MPH in 4 seconds, with a top speed of 180 MPH. Of course, at that speed, you’ll need to wear a helmet or some Steampunk-style goggles to keep the bugs from leaving dents in your face.
There’s still no word yet whether the Speedster will be available for sale, but I’m sure that if it ever is, it will be well out of my price range!
A host of carbon fiber parts designed and made in Germany are what turn the McLaren MP4-12C Spider into the Gemballa GT Spider. The 625-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 is untouched, almost everything else is heavily touched. There's the body kit that … See all stories on this topic » Google Alerts – carbon fiber
I have a set of Easton EC 90 carbon tubular rims that I use for ’cross. They are awesome despite being a little more than four years old and showing wear on the braking surface (they are not disc brakes). Can the braking surface be resurfaced? If so, how? Do you have any experience with this?
They’re great wheels that I am not able to replace at the moment and upgrading to discs is totally out of the question right now. It seems like ’cross can wear the surface down more than road use, so I would like to think there is a solution out there besides buying new wheels. But I am not aware of how it is all done. I would love any advice you could give! — Dan
It had never occurred to me before to even think of doing such a thing. I am very interested to know as well and did some research on it. Unfortunately, the brake track cannot be resurfaced, if you mean by adding material, by any of the manufacturers I’ve contacted. Their responses are below. I also asked carbon-fiber repair firms, and only one of them would do it, and the others offered reasons for not doing so. See those responses below as well. If you were to somehow resurface it, I’m certain that it would void any manufacturer warranty you might have on the wheel. ― Lennard
Inherent in high-performance rims is the design concept for minimum wall thickness that will provide a “reasonable” life span. Unfortunately, this means that there is no additional sacrificial material that could be machined off in a resurfacing operation. In theory, ceramic could be deposited on the worn surface, and then ground smooth. As you may recall, I laminated a ceramic layer onto the surface of the carbon during the molding process (it was a production product for Lew rims), and also experimented with ceramic that was deposited after molding, and then ground smooth (never a Lew production process). For reasons not pertinent to this topic, neither is ideal as a current state-of-the-art solution for a new/production rim, however with significant resources (more cost than the cost of a new rim), a ceramic compound could be deposited to the braking surface of a worn rim and then ground smooth. This would be a solution/process for resurfacing a worn braking surface on a carbon rim.
Reynolds manufactures a ceramic brake track rim that is sold under the brand Pacific Rims, and it is sold as an OEM product to certain customers who request this brake track. The reason we do this is to avoid the hassle of needing to use a special brake pad. The ceramic makes the braking surface super durable and although it’s not marketed as a CX product, it would work well for that application. The down side of this rim is that the braking is not optimized for stopping power or heat-resistance, and it does not perform as well as our CTg laminate with the Cryo-Blue pad. It would, however, solve the problem Dan has experienced associated with CX use.
— Paul Lew
Director of Technology and Innovation Reynolds Cycling, LLC
I can only speak for ours, officially. But they cannot. Most brake track surfaces, ours included, are integrally constructed and are not capable of being deconstructed to resurface them.
— David Ripley
Technical PR Manager
Zipp Speed Weaponry
From DT Swiss:
On the record, we do not recommend “resurfacing” of our carbon braking surfaces due to all of the variables involved. Especially given the brake track is both a structural and functional part of the rim. This is because we simply cannot vouch for the quality, materials used or the experience possessed by the facility or technician on a repair in the field.
— Matthew McClendon
DT Swiss, Inc.
No, there is not a process that can add material to a brake track after it has worn away. I mean, you could do it, but the structure just wouldn’t be there.
Riders would do best to just ensure they keep their pads fresh and clean/clear of debris.
— Jake Pantone
Marketing and Sponsorship Manager
During normal use, the carbon on the brake surface will wear. This typically takes longer than with aluminum if the correct pads are used, however weather has a big effect on the duration. There is no process for resurfacing the braking area of a carbon tubular or clincher rim.
— Adam Marriott
Product Manager, Easton Cycling
From Mad Fiber:
No one has commercialized brake surface renewal on carbon rims. Partly it’s the obvious trend we haven’t yet outgrown, that carbon rims should be extra light. So damage befalls them usually before brake track failure. Also, many carbon rims outlast the equivalent aluminum for braking, so the incentive is weaker. But probably the strongest trend is obsolescence. We’re learning so much, several year old carbon rims are relics. This won’t always be as the technology matures.
Today, there’s no agreement on resin systems for carbon bike equipment and that chemistry is key. Various systems are not compatible for a dozen reasons. You’d have to know everything proprietary about the original system to succeed. The very fact of widespread, successful carbon frame repair shows how much less is expected of them (gram for gram) compared to wheels and rims. You can often just layer it on thoughtfully and without regard for any thermal events. And the resulting weight increase is acceptable.
But I still dream of some sort of plasma/ceramic paint that fixes the worn brake track. We’ll probably all be switched to disks before that comes around.
— Ric Hjertberg
Founder, Mad Fiber
I am assuming by “resurface” he means sanding down or otherwise abrading the existing surface to make it smooth again, since laminating a composite to an existing structure is beyond the experience of the average person.
The brake surfaces are intended to accommodate wear due to the natural abrasion of the brake shoes. For the most part, this wear is imprecise, so the laminate of the brake track is constructed with the knowledge that wear will occur. So it stands to reason that controlled wear, in this case intentionally resurfacing the brake tracks (by sanding them down), shouldn’t be any worse than brake shoe wear. But there are limitations.
Carbon fiber does not have good abrasion resistance, so the brake track area typically has a non-carbon fiber scrim (typically fiberglass) as its top surface. When you wear through this layer, your rim’s days are numbered. Also, any layup requires overlap of the plies, so in some areas of the brake track the abrasion layer scrim will be twice as thick where layers overlap. When you start to wear through the scrim, there will be areas of the brake track that are worn down to the carbon fiber, and other areas that are still scrim. The friction of the different materials will also be different, which could be one of the reasons that the user is experiencing uneven braking. So in this case, refinishing means removing all the remaining scrim so that the only thing that remains is the carbon.
At some point, the brake track is simply worn too thin, and the wheel is done. This situation is no different for an alloy rim. Also, at some point the rim is simply worn out, and needs to be replaced.
— Brad Hunter
Answers from carbon fiber repair professionals From Calfee Design:
Generally, no. Rims have the potential to become heated beyond the glass transition temperature of the epoxies we can use for repairs. This would cause the material to become soft and gum up the brake pads, potentially locking up the wheel, causing an accident. Having said that, a person could resurface it with epoxy but make sure to never let the rims get too heated while braking. Best to transfer the fancy rims to a disc compatible hub and never use rim brakes on them again. One should not use rim brakes on carbon rims unless you are prepared to replace them when worn out.
— Craig Calfee
Founder, Calfee Design
From Broken Carbon:
Unfortunately I can’t. I don’t know anyone that can, as a matter of fact. It’s just too hard to get the width uniformity required for consistent braking.
— Brady Kappius
Founder, Broken Carbon
From Spyder Composites:
Yes we do/have, but only if we can’t talk the customer into a new set of hoops through their LBS. The way I see it, if the owner is experiencing brake wear problems he is using the wrong pads, the wrong rims, or the equipment is past its useful life and he/she needs to treat themselves to a new set of wheels.
We do have a device similar to a truing stand we use to machine the brake surface before and after we coat the rim.
— Frank Moir, Owner
From Ruckus Components:
We used to offer this as a service but don’t anymore. It just turned out to be too much work on our end.
— Shawn Small
Disc/caliper brake combo
With the trend toward disc brakes on road bikes, why bother with a disc on the rear? It would make carbon rims without special braking surfaces possible, but isn’t the vast majority of stopping power in the front? With front disc and rear caliper, people could retrofit existing bikes just by replacing the fork. — Russ
You could run a standard rim brake on the rear and a disc on the front. That’s how mountain bikes used to be when disc brakes first came out — a V-brake on the rear and a disc brake on the front. Then you only buy one wheel, one brake, and the fork. ― Lennard
After having a handful of occasions where my hanger has been bent despite removing the derailleur, I leave the derailleur on the hanger but remove the hanger/derailleur combination from the frame. This eliminates the need to carry a DAG in your box. — Darius
Feedback: Anti-seize lube
I read about your pet peeve regarding copper-based anti-seize. I’ve been using moly-based engine assembly lube where anti-seize lube is needed. It works great and doesn’t have issues with copper flakes like other anti-seize compounds. You can pick some up fairly cheap at most auto parts stores. — Kevin
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Continuing its long tradition of creating vehicles that mere mortals can’t even dream of affording, Lamborghini has unveiled the Egoista concept, shown off at a private birthday party to celebrate Lambo’s 50th birthday. The Egoista concept has room for a single wealthy occupant and is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine with 600 horsepower. Vroooom!
The styling looks pretty awesome, but on the other hand some are comparing the front end to an N64 controller, even though it is said to be inspired by an Apache helicopter.
Its driver-centric cockpit is made completely of carbon fiber and aluminum, keeping the driver safe and secure – and the vehicle’s weight down. Think of a jet aircraft integrated into a road vehicle.
That’s all you really need to know. You couldn’t afford it anyway. It’s just the stuff of dreams. So daydream about this beautiful beast and then get back to work, so you can spend the next hundred years saving up for it.
Lamborghini is celebrating it’s 50th birthday in every fancy way possible. Just recently, they teamed up with Car Shoe Company, and dished out the limited edition Mocassin series shoes. Earlier the Lamborghini Veneno got sold out despite a $ 3.9 million price tag. Now it is the turn of the concept car called Egoista, which is a single seater masterpiece from the Italian carmaker. Built for some of the world’s wealthiest collectors, this vehicle will be ideally suited for anyone who wishes to enjoy a speed thrill in style but in a solo mode, sans any luggage and co passenger. With the unique coloring scheme, the ever imposing style factor also doesn’t see a compromise anywhere. The inspiration of this unique Lamborghini is from an Apache helicopter, so one would ideally sitting in a cockpit, than just a driver’s seat.
The Lamborghini 50th anniversary Egoista concept car
Who says a carbon fiber chassis with sufficient cooling for a Core i7 has to be heavy? The ThinkPad X230s, revealed on Lenovo’s Chinese site following a partial leak in January, looks like a significantly more portable version of last year’s X230, with a weight of just 1.28kg (2.8 pounds) and a minimum thickness of 17.7mm (0.7 inches). There’s room inside for up to 8GB of RAM, either a 240GB SSD or 1TB HDD, fingerprint reader, 720p webcam, VGA and Mini DisplayPort outputs, two USB 3.0 ports and keyboard backlighting. It’s a Windows 8 machine, of course, with shortcut keys and a gesture-optimized TrackPad. We’re on the lookout for further details, including any pricing, and will update this post soon as we have some.
Update: We’re going to hazard a guess that the resolution is 1,366 x 768, based on the January leak. Chinese pricing looks to be around 7,399 yuan ($ 1,200).
The NVIDIA Project Shield gaming system was one of the more interesting devices to surface at CES 2013. At the time, there wasn’t word on pricing or a release date. Today, NVIDIA started taking pre-orders for the hybrid handheld/TV gaming system, and revealed both a release date and a retail price.
Now officially known as just the NVIDIA Shield, the system is selling for $ 349(USD), and will ship in the US and Canada “by July 2013.” The system will include the handheld itself, a silver lid, AC adapter, USB cable, and two full games: Expendable: Rearmed and Sonic 4 Episode II THD. Additional accessories are also available for pre-order, including a carrying case for $ 39.99, and carbon fiber and black lids for $ 19.99 each.
For those of you who don’t recall exactly what the Shield can do, it’s a powerful Android-based gaming system that can play games on its own 720p touchscreen, or on your TV’s display. It can also stream games from your PC – though that feature will be in Beta at launch.
NVIDIA is limiting pre-orders for the Shield to four systems per person (presumably to cut down on grey-market reselling), and you can pre-order yours now over at the NVIDIA Store.
If you’re one of the remaining holdouts who hasn’t yet picked up a Dyson vacuum cleaner, get ready to be enticed by a couple new ones. The household name in suction has introduced two new “Animal” series dust busters, the DC47 and the DC50. The former is canister-shaped, while the DC50 stands upright. Both were designed to be much smaller and lighter than theirpredecessors, with the DC47 weighing in at 13.47 pounds and the DC50 tipping in at 11.6 pounds. They both boast 2 Tier Radial cyclones to extract more microscopic dust, a new Ball pivot that’s supposedly more maneuverable and carbon fiber brushes that promise to remove more dust from hard floors due to a lack of static build-up. If you’re sold, get ready to cough up some major cash: the DC47 Animal is $ 449.99, while the DC50 Animal is $ 499.99. If you want the latest and greatest in designer vacuums, you can snag one from the source link or your favorite Dyson retailer.
In February, the USA-based carbon fiber paddle board and surfboard company launched their new M-Series collection of Paddle Boards by introducing their Planning and Touring SUP's. The M-Series boards is the latest line of ultra durable and lightweight … See all stories on this topic » Google Alerts – carbon fiber
The year 2013 has been keeping the iPhone5 owners pretty busy, as newer bespoken models seem to be spoiling them for choice. We earlier saw the Continental Mobile Aurora and Adamas series, Amosu Coutre Valentine’s Day special edition, and the Caviar iPhone5 Titano Diablo, all of which set apart the already famous gadget apart from the rest. Now luxury phone maker Golden Dreams has introduced 3 new collections at the Baselworld 2013, including making one with a new fabrication called CarbonGold, which is upgraded special combination of Carbon Fiber and Gold. With that, they have also bought in the limited edition Mansory series and the Golden Dragon etched iPhone5 sets, which are nothing short of jewels themselves.
Golden Dreams Gold Carbon fabrication for the iPhone5
What makes the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition unique compared to the regular GT-R is the inclusion of a new carbon-fiber rear wing, a carbon fiber front splitter, a specifically designed suspension tune which includes higher spring rates while the … See all stories on this topic »