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“Simplicity is not the absence of clutter”

October 21st, 2018 by / In Tech Engineering meeting

By: Jeff Wyatt – Pinion Engineering My first meeting with Carl was technical discussions, angles, lengths, diameters, widths – a lot of detailed sketching – discussion. However, it was what was unsaid that could be heard clearly that day from all – the frame was to be on the traditional side of the aesthetic. The challenge then: […]

Small Companies and QC

September 23rd, 2018 by / In Tech

Do you ever wonder how smaller companies ensure they are making safe bikes and/or implementing quality control?? In traditional custom frame shops we have historically relied on the craftsman’s attention to detail, and the use of quality materials to ensure a safe product. At Pursuit we work to close the loop between design and manufacturing which […]

Our Super Secret Tricoque™ Technology (SSTT)

April 4th, 2018 by / In Tech Tricoque

Because I just learned how to add the (™) I feel compelled to trademark something. Seems the industry likes to throw around the term “monocoque” quite a bit so I’m going to mix it up. At Pursuit we employ Tricoque™ technology. That’s two better than monocoque. I kid, but in all seriousness we do build […]

The ABD’s of Composite Laminates

April 2nd, 2018 by / In Tech

It has been a while, but don’t worry, my students have been giving me plenty of blank stares in the meantime.  Seriously, I am teaching a course this semester called Design of Machine Elements which I consider a key opportunity for students to bridge their engineering knowledge toward their upcoming professional career.  Given the course […]

Fibers That Play Together Stay Together

January 19th, 2018 by / In Tech

This is my 3rd installment of the four part series on carbon fiber composite materials. This one is on the matrix that holds it all together. Previous posts talked about making raw carbon, and how carbon is used in bicycle frames. And in the final installment of this 4 part series I will go all blue-sky wanderlust on […]

High Performance Is More Than Just Modulus

November 16th, 2017 by / In Tech

My name is Kyle and I am the guy that spends the most time with Carl building here at Pursuit Cycles. In today’s post we will be covering the thing that makes up the majority of your bike. Carbon fiber. Around 60% by volume, epoxy, the remainder is something that we will talk about in the […]

Advanced Bike Tech: Stressing the importance of measuring Strain

September 25th, 2017 by / In Tech

Advanced Bike Tech Carbon fiber frames are lightweight, but how light is too light? It requires a lot of engineering to make sure your frame is light and strong. It has been a little while, but last we left it we were discussing anisotropy and the design implications.  Since then I have enjoyed one of the greatest perks […]

Your Carbon Bike is Made from Dinosaurs

April 26th, 2017 by / In Tech

I’m going to do a little 4 part mini-series on carbon fiber materials. In this first article we’ll cover where the actual individual fibers come from and in following articles we’ll discuss types of fibers; their characteristics, strengths and weakness. Then we’ll go over the epoxies(matrix) and finally we’ll discuss commercially available products that are commonly used in high-end carbon […]

How a Composite Tube May Differ From a Metal Tube

April 13th, 2017 by / In Tech

So we left off last time discussing anisotropy; specifically how a composite tube may differ from a metal tube.  We have defined anisotropy as having different properties or responses in different directions.  It would be helpful if anisotropy were easy to visualize, but it is not.  Go perform an image search using “anisotropic material” and you […]

How A Carbon Bike Is Made

March 21st, 2017 by / In Tech

There are almost as many methods for making a carbon bike  as there are manufacturers. I think it’s fair to say that there is still a lot to be learned. That’s the fun part, there is plenty of room for improvement. While we all have our own variation on the theme, the bicycle industry has […]