I believe the advance will come through new synthetic polymers and new resins (combined with those polymers).
Not necessarily carbon.
We'll then (when that happens) have 5 types of frame materials: polymers (whatever it ends up being), carbon fiber, titanium, steel, aluminum-alloy-variants.
Unless it is a true new material, it'll still be called carbon fiber! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon-fib ... ed_polymer
No, it won't.
Actually, I was referring to a new material. Obviously since this discussion is about what-might-be the future and not necessarily what-is-available-now-but-we-haven't-seen-it-in-the-bicycling-industry-yet, my point still stands.
And by new polymers, I'm thinking beyond carbon. My point is this: scientists will be able to develop a new polymer/material that may or may not be used in conjunction with a particular resin (perhaps that too will be invented), and we'll have a 5th
material in the industry. These newer types of nano-tech carbons are still variations of carbon fiber. I'm thinking beyond that.
For example of an advancement that was entirely born out of a laboratory, in the fabric world: Cuben
I'm not stating that Cuben will be used in frames, but my point is this: Cuben was invented, so too will another polymer be invented for structural purposes, which will end up at some point in frames (which are structures).
Which is exactly what I wrote the first time around. Please don't confuse it with carbon fiber.
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