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First Look at Boyd’s Woven Carbon Rims

prototype boyd woven carbon bicycle rim
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Just before Sea Otter, Munich Composites announced the opening of a new factory in South Carolina where they’ll make woven carbon fiber bicycle rims using resin transfer molding (RTM) construction. Boyd Cycling founder Boyd Johnson is part of the group that’s bringing them here and is the first to show off a prototype rim and “sock” using the technology.

prototype boyd woven carbon bicycle rim

While these are early samples, they show off some of what’s possible with the technology. The rim’s main structure is woven as a tube, which gives them a high degree of control over fiber placement, type, and eventual thickness.

prototype boyd woven carbon bicycle rim

Then other carbon fiber sections can be added where needed during layup, but the overall structure is one piece with continuous fibers running all the way around the rim.

The “sock” is dry carbon, but can be laid into the mold with pre-preg sections typically used in other rims or bike frames. Once in the mold, resin is pumped in under high pressure to soak the dry fibers, and heat helps cure it.

boyd cycling employees in very bright pink and blue polka dot shirts

They also had the brightest outfits for the show.

BoydCycling.com

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Jorge
Jorge
27 days ago

About TIME!

ZigaK
ZigaK
26 days ago
Reply to  Jorge

I understood that reference

Exodux
26 days ago
Reply to  Jorge

Gotta say…. it took me a second…

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