Blackstone Tek (BST) of South Africa is using carbon fibre prepregs from Advanced Composites Group Ltd (ACG) to manufacture a range of motorcycle wheels.
BST selected ACG's medium temperature moulding prepregs for its autoclave processed carbon composite motorcycle wheels. The BST wheels are reported to result in a typical weight saving of 47% over their conventional aluminium counterparts, with no decrease in strength.
ACG's high Tg MTM®58B prepreg is used for the rim of the wheel and structural MTM®57 prepreg for the integral spokes.
According to BST, some of the advantages of carbon fibre wheels include:
the wheels are lighter and so the bike is lighter, making it easier to handle and reducing rider fatigue;
better and lighter handling;
quicker braking; and
a beautiful carbon fibre finish in high gloss.
ACG, part of Umeco Composites Structural Materials (UCSM), a division of Umeco plc, offers a range of prepreg systems for structural and tooling applications.