Aaron from Kettle Cycles via Facebook wrote:
Thanks for the heads up, you could pass along to the internet experts that:http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=326463104140613&set=pb.191267200993538.-2207520000.1361414934&type=3&theater
Resins won't take 1000 C and glow red...
Ceramic brakes with carbon for reinforcement, not dissimilar to the purpose of re-bar in concrete.
Okey doke: let me translate for the non-engineers on the forum. Aaron seems to be suggesting, in a very roundabout way, that they're sintering the ceramic component around the carbon. Fine, that may very well be what they're doing.
But Aaron (and Kettle) are so excruciatingly coy about all of this that it sets off alarm bells among engineering types. I'll take the liberty of asserting that we'd be fine if they said, "we found a unique way to sinter these components together, but we won't disclose the details yet." But they haven't done that, and instead are attempting to make "internet experts" "earn" the details. That's just silly.
(Also, the blurry cellphone photo could frankly be a shot of anything hot. I don't think they fabricated the photo, but it's hardly the doubt-resolving proof Aaron seems to think it is).
Production behind closed doors, no patent files, no real world tests, no real pics, no user reviews.
This is a pretty concise summary of what rubs us doubters the wrong way. Even a photo of a glowing rotor on a brake dynamometer would go a long way towards dispelling our skepticism.
Now with all of that being said, I am optimistic but cautious that these are the real deal and will work well. I suppose once people start putting some time on these rotors we will quickly know if they work or not..
That attitude seems pretty reasonable. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, etc. We'll find out soon enough. I won't go as far as Mattias: if the product works as advertised, I may well pick up a set of these one day. But the Kettle Cycles people do seem to believe they're pretty damned clever; I'd hate to be seated next to one of them at a dinner party. I'm sure there's no immediate danger of that.