Alpe D'Huez 21
To make lightweight performance more versatile and accessible, we created the Alpe d’Huez 21. Instead of the Vectran© fibers used in the Alpe d’Huez 01, this frame blends Basalt filaments with a smaller proportion of high-modulus carbon and a greater amount of high-strength carbon. The modified layup targets comfort and smooths the ride while retaining a pleasantly refined acceleration and impeccable handling. If the Alpe d’Huez 01 is our two-seat supercar, the Alpe d’Huez 21 is a V10 performance sedan.
Braided Carbon Structure is the weaving of dry fibers into complex bi-directional ‘socks.’ These tubes of fiber are easy to tune with different materials. BCS also allows something that is unheard of in the cycling world; continuous fibers that run the full length of a structure.
Resin Transfer Moulding is the best way to mould carbon. By laying up dry fibers and then injecting resin at high pressure between rigid external AND internal molds, air pockets and voids are eliminated. Unlike prepreg air bag moulding, RTM quality is uniform and consistent.
IS IT YOUR TIME?
The Alpe d’Huez 21 rider has learned that a smooth bike is often the fastest bike, and weight is just one factor when choosing a bike tough enough to handle the rigors of daily use. This rider is looking for a tool that excels on every ride, over any course profile, eschewing the luxuries of fresh tarmac and spotless handlebar tape.
TIME didn’t necessarily start with the idea of making more efficient use of materials, but in fact many of our processes are less wasteful than industry-standard carbon production. It’s not a secret that working with carbon is not a green practice, but this doesn’t mean there’s no value in using cleaner methods – reducing and reusing whenever possible and meeting or exceeding strict EU environmental impact guidelines.