Until materials improvements cut bike wheel fractures to zero, the average downhill racer experienced 75 fractures per season. The previous material, aluminum, had to be changed 180 times per season. Now, next generation materials developed in labs around the world using advanced molecular chemistry are creating superlight, superstrength and durable materials in industries from sports and automobiles to aerospace and marine.
A company called Zyvex, one of the industry’s leaders, worked with ENVE Composites, Inc. to create Mountain DH rims that do not need to be changed for an entire season. ENVE sponsored Greg Minnaar rode the wheels to victory in the 2012 World Cup Open in South Africa.
Improving Strength & Durability Of Sports Equipment
Lacrosse, one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, has benefited from tremendous growth and innovation. The sport got a boost in 1992 when titanium shafts were introduced, cutting down significantly on weight and damage. A company called C-12, using Arovex, recently introduced the strongest and toughest lacrosse stick shafts that leads to better player performance: faster shouts, better passes, better ball control and temperature resistance.
Improving Marine Equipment & Boats
One of North America’s largest hatch and door manufacturers for boats of all sizes created new hatches using new materials. Heavy marine doors have led to injuries of crew and passengers In the past. The industry was moving toward aluminum doors, but the product provided by Zyvex made the doors 60% lighter while maintaining durability standards.
Not only are parts of boats being created with new materials, but entire hulls are being designed for them. Boats made with advanced materials have 300% longer ranges, and reduced weight allows for larger halls which enable greater payloads and onboard electronics.