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Video: Inside Look at How Scott Bicycle’s Carbon Fiber Frames are Made

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Scott Sports recently posted this inside look at their carbon fiber bicycle production facility. While every brand has their secrets, the process is generally pretty similar. What’s rare is for a company to show so much of it. Every frame is handmade, and the amount of time spent on each varies by model. How long? Scott USA’s Adrian Montgomery said:

“Each frame is different. For instance a Plasma3 takes 80 hours, a Scale takes 22 hours, a FOIL takes 40 hours. Full suspension frames come in parts but generally take about 30 hours for a Spark or Genius.”

Check out their mini-site with more details on the process here.

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Dan
Dan
9 years ago

So if a plasma3 takes 80 hours, then the Asian labor cost is what, like 57USD/frame?

Ryan
Ryan
9 years ago

Funny, They had all the Giant employee’s put on Scott shirts while the video was being filmed.

Matt
Matt
9 years ago

How is the solid foam core removeable?

Also it looks like everything is a monocoque in one image, but in other images it’s clearly tube-to-tube (albeit fancy-shaped tubes). Any rationale on which is which?

1Pro
1Pro
9 years ago

its not foam. but rather something along the likes of “aquacore”. google it. water soluble core material.

Gregg C
Gregg C
9 years ago

Matt – my understanding (which is questionable) is the head/top/down tubes are formed as a monocoque, and the rest is tube-to-tube.

Josh
9 years ago

looks like the same way all the Chinese carbon frames are made

härbert
härbert
9 years ago

in this film you see mixed sequences of
the spark/genius front triangle done as monocque
and
the plasma frame done with bonded section

there is no real tube to tube anymore…

@ryan: nearby but the carbon-frames aren´t made by giant
just some of the aluminium-frames and some assembling

härbert
härbert
9 years ago

@josh: yes and NO

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