Leif just sent through this link to Dutch designer Tjeerd Veenhoven’s new Carbon Bike. It’s a bit of anti-design, utilising second hand parts and some pretty lo-fi carbon lay up processes. The bike parts are first mounted in a jig, carbon fibres are drenched in epoxy resin, then spun and twisted into strands that are stretched and wound between pieces, and finally left to dry. The density of carbon in a given section of the bike is dependent on the needs and properties of that part; more carbon is necessary in sections that experience compression, and less is needed where there is tension. Check it out here as well as Tjeerd’s wind charger for your iPhone!!
Kiran MacKinnon is a human dyno. When Santa Cruz Bicycles needs to test, experiment and validate suspension then Kiran is the one of the main people we call on to do that work. Not only is he an extremely talented bike rider and incredibly knowledgeable about suspension, but he can actually interpret and translate what he’s feeling in a way that he can communicate to the rest of the engineering team. This enables them to cross-reference the data they’ve collected with real life, on-trail experience to build better bikes and provide the right setup for our riders. We’re constantly refining our VPP™ suspension as well as the damping tunes shocks we spec on our bikes in order to make sure our bikes ride really, really good.