This was posted on YouTube by Time to show how they braid and manufacture carbon components. Ã‚Â They show the braiding process and the buildup of both a handlebar and a fork. Ã‚Â Kinda cool, and there’s no audio, so you can watch in stealth on your employer’s dime.
The brown/tan material that you see in the handlebar construction is wax, which is formed in a mold, then covered with about eight layers of carbon, then it’s placed back into a mold and injected with epoxy. Ã‚Â Once it’s dry and hard, they warm it up and melt the wax out of the bar.
Perhaps the best part is showing the stress tests, which should put to rest any concerns about the strength and resiliency of carbon parts.