VIDEO: TIME shows off their unique woven carbon fiber tube manufacturing

If you’ve seen any of our factory tour videos and posts, you’ve seen a lot of different ways that bike brands cut, layup, and mold tubes from sheets of pre-preg carbon fiber. TIME has always done it a little differently. OK, a LOT differently. Here’s a look at their radial braiding process that literally weaves the tubes in 3D…

Because they’re not using pre-preg carbon fiber sheets, which have the resin already impregnated into them, TIME uses a Resin Transfer Molding process. This means the resin is pumped into the molds after the braided dry fiber “socks” have been slid over the reusable wax mandrels.

It’s pumped in, then the pressure and heat increase, forcing the resin to fully saturate the fibers before the excess is pressed out. Throughout, the wax mandrels remain rigid, allowing the front triangle and other frame elements to be cured as a single piece. Afterward, they’re melted out, then the wax is reused to create a new one the next day.

TimeBicycles.com

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carbonfodder
carbonfodder
11 months ago

pornografia. no more, no less. beautiful marketing video for an awesome bike company

Greg
Greg
11 months ago

That was cool.

An203
An203
11 months ago

That’s absolutely stunning! I really wish they comeback stronger after few years of doubt (I think their historical CEO passed-away few years ago) cause the attention to their bikes has nothing comparable with what we see coming from all popular brands. I recall a comparison of their geometrical tolerances in the BB area and they were of the very few absolutely perfect!

None Given
None Given
11 months ago

Always, always wanted to get a Time. Now, I think I should justify the cost…because I can.

Bryin
Bryin
11 months ago

Owned a couple of Time frames back in the day (VXR, I think…) they were special bikes. I have ridden a ton of bikes (ran an Ebay business buying and reselling bikes 2011-2013) plus years of personal buy/sell/trade and Time stands out from others. I can’t speak for today’s bikes but it seems to still be true. I never fit exactly right on Time’s geometry but if I did I would have one in my line up.

Mark
Mark
11 months ago

Saw that as well. Their Zed crank is also an impressive piece of engineering.

Dinger
Dinger
11 months ago

Reminds me of K2’s old “Triaxial Braiding” construction, where the fiberglass “sock” was woven directly onto the ski’s core for a perfect, no wrinkle/excess fit.

This is a neat looking process but it’s become antiquated. All that hands and hammers stuff is long gone. Compared to where leading carbon manufacturers are, this is lugged steep compared to tig welded titanium.

Eddie Smith
Eddie Smith
11 months ago

@Mark, Look makes the Zed crank

By watching this video the threading machine reminds me of the same machine shown for the BMC Impec 11 years ago: https://youtu.be/gaTp00peq_M?t=85

Michael Baczkowski
Michael Baczkowski
11 months ago

Wonderful video nice made in Europe booster

None Given
None Given
11 months ago

Dinger, just because most folks dont do it this way, or can not afford to do it this way – does not make it wrong or not simply the best. Under your guise, I guess Rolex needs to step up their game, no?

Michele
Michele
11 months ago

Beautiful

MiCk
MiCk
11 months ago

@Dinger…obviously antiquated enough for 3T to invest into a similar process for their manufacturing process