Agree, I don't want to focus on rim vs disc.BobbySweeting wrote:DjGarrett21: Regarding the rim brake vs disc brake thing, I certainly don't need to get into that with you. It's a long conversation that many many people have had, haha. I just wanted to give you my 2 cents and my personal opinion. I like disc brakes! I simply prefer rim brakes, and feel as though the disc brake system may have been pushed into the industry for reasons that aren't entirely performance related.
Regarding our testing: The independent party you seek would be Spark Wheel Works. They are a retailer and custom builder in California that sells every brand in the test. Please call Ryan Mason at Spark and he can confirm the unbiased and blind nature of this test. We were as shocked as everyone by the results, and honestly a bit disappointed. We wanted it to be close, or maybe even for someone to do better than the new Alto rim. I knew that would make it more believable for people at face value. When our rim went 40min and the next rim went 5.5min, I obviously knew people would be skeptical. Hell, so would I. But think about it this way: how would we be able to design a test so that we would smash everyone, if we didn't know ANYTHING about the other brands or how they would perform? We had one rim from each brand, and there is zero information online about how they would perform in a test like this. That's why we wanted to do it! But if you need verification, please call Ryan.
Our rims absolutely are filament wound, you will not find a parting line anywhere on the sidewall. I'm surprised that you work in the composites industry but cannot tell this from seeing an image of our rims, because it's fairly obvious. If you'd like, I can ask Topkey for a video of the rims being fed through the resin bath and into the feed and can send it your way!
When I say "test" I'm referring to the development of your resin, not the test in the video. There is a whole lot you can disclose about that development process as well as the properties and composition of your resin that would not compromise intellectual property.
Please post your filament winding video to this thread. Again, 17:50 of your test video which is the only closeup of your rims I can find shows a single sheet of uni, I don't see any tows which would be indicative of a winding process. If you are truly winding your wheels you must have some extreme tows - I don't see how that is possible on a bike wheel.