This is Rich from Integran Technologies. It's great that our approach to "armoring" CF parts caught your attention. We don't play it up on our website, but we do work with a number of bike companies on next generation carbon fiber bike components for two main reasons:
a) We have some crazy strong/hard/tough metals that we can plate onto carbon fiber parts
b) We have some great adhesion technologies for carbon fiber materials (which can be THE problem even if you have a great material to put on the carbon fiber).
Our material helps increase the impact, wear and fatigue performance of carbon composite bike components by helping to spread the load over the surface in damage events - think of a really lightweight metal bandaid. It doesn't hurt to have a metal with hardness of a tool steel on your part for wear either!!
A good example is the True Temper "Epic" golf shaft (this was our Nanovate metal on a carbon shaft for improved shot accuracy). Other things we do:
- Structural plating on plastic - we can make parts lighter, stronger and more durable than aluminum
- Structural plating on aluminum - one of the big golf OEMs is using our Nanovate on Al for their next putter body - Impact resistance is the main benefit over anodiziation, although there is also fatigue benefits
I'll post some bike components as they come available. If you are interested in getting your bike part manufacturer to look at us for their product/next generation part, have them contact Iain Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope that helps and good eye!
VP Business Development
Integran Technologies Inchttp://www.integran.com
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