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Zircotec's Carbon Composite Coating Technology Used for Bicycle Wheel Brakes

Published on 2011-01-14. Author : SpecialChem

Cycling Plus Magazine (Feb. issue) reports on yet another application of Zircotec's carbon composite coating technology - a novel braking surface for use on carbon composite bicycle wheels offering a step change in brake performance, especially in the wet.

Carbon composite coating technology used for bicycle wheel braking

The team at Cycling Plus commented that braking on carbon rims in the wet is "usually mildly terrifying." They road tested a set of Zircotec coated carbon wheels over a period of several weeks, riding on the wheels through both wet and dry conditions. They found that braking in the dry was generally smooth, though a bit harsher than aluminium rims. They commented that in wet conditions it took only "a little longer to slow down than in the dry." Read the full story in the Feb. 2011 issue of Cycling Plus.

These findings support our own test results, and are similar to the conclusions from an increasing range of independent test work.

Zircotec is currently working with a number of wheel manufacturers and distributors to determine how the technology can be integrated into their manufacture and supply chains. "Our aim is to select one or more partners who will utilize the carbon-ceramic braking technology to manufacture and supply their own pre-treated carbon wheels. Our discussions are progressing quite quickly, there are a number of pre-production rims on test and we hope to see the first production rims on sale in 2011" comments Terry Graham, MD of Zircotec.

About Zircotec

Zircotec offers a wide range of plasma sprayed ceramic and metallic coatings that protect components against the effects of heat, wear, abrasion and corrosion. Lightweight and easily packaged, Zircotec's technologies can be applied to a broad range of different materials including metals and composites. Proven in F1 and the nuclear industry, the technology is now trusted by car manufacturers, industrial users, car enthusiasts and an increasing range of other applications to effectively manage heat and wear, enhancing performance and reliability.

Source: Zircotec

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