Tecnología

Technology

SATISFACTION IN A JOB WELL DONE.

Rendimiento inigualable. Rigidez sin igual. Capacidad de respuesta, innovación, aerodinámica, ligereza. Hay muchas palabras de moda en el ciclismo. ¿Pero, qué quieren decir? ¿Significan algo, ya que aparecen de una forma u otra en cada reseña y página de producto?

Bueno, sí lo hacen. Cada bicicleta está diseñada para andar de cierta manera. Que todos estén a la altura de las expectativas depende de las personas que eligen los materiales, diseñan la geometría y deciden los métodos de producción. Hay muchas variables, por eso hay tantas bicicletas en el mercado con todo tipo de características diferentes.

En TIME, tenemos la ventaja de tener más de 30 años de experiencia en la creación interna de todos nuestros cuadros utilizando procesos patentados de alta tecnología que hemos perfeccionado a lo largo de décadas. Nuestros técnicos se enorgullecen de la calidad del producto y se sienten muy satisfechos con el trabajo bien hecho.

RTM AND TIME

RTM is not a magical process. It takes skill and know-how to get it right. That’s where ensuring our workforce is skilled in the process of weaving our own fiber and Resin Transfer Molding is essential. 

Roland Cattin dio un salto de fe al invertir en el proceso en lugar de utilizar la producción de láminas de carbono prefijadas. Tomó esta decisión porque creía que creaba una bicicleta mejor, especialmente porque le permite al fabricante del cuadro tener mucho más control sobre el proceso y la calidad. Es un método que ofrece un enfoque consistente para la producción y también permite tolerancias mucho más estrictas.

The multi-step process starts with the selection of the various fibers we will weave for each bike. For every bike, there is a mix of 17 different fibers, from various carbon fiber types, to Kevlar, Vectran, and Basalt. Each fiber is chosen for the specific qualities it will provide, and strategically woven in the precise places it will do the most good. 

RTM Vs PREPREG

We use these different fibers according to the ride quality we want a bike to have. Since we have our own in-house braiding machines, we can combine the fibers into a single tubular woven piece destined to become one of the TIME bike’s tubes. 

The tubular material is then stretched over a wax inner core in the shape of whichever part of the frame it corresponds to. This process allows our experts in the factory to ensure each layer is optimized in relation to tubing shape and diameter. By using the wax inner core with steel inserts, it assures the fiber orientation will be perfect and the inner surface of the frame will be flawless.  

At this point, the Resin Transfer Molding takes center stage, when the resin is injected into the mold under high pressure and heat. It is a precisely controlled process that ensures each fiber is covered in the resin, avoiding all chance for voids to occur.  

Making frames this way requires a high degree of expertise at every step of the process. It results in a race-proven, high-tech frame that we believe in so deeply that we offer a lifetime warranty on every frame. 

TIME AKTIV

For a lot of frame builders, the fork seems almost like an after thought. Have you ever wondered why so many bike brands spec their forks from other companies? It’s because it’s hard to make a top quality fork. They are complicated.  

TIME has a history of making the best forks in the industry, and our Aktiv Fork proudly carries on this tradition. Focusing on comfort, performance and precision handling, the Akitv Fork has a special appearance that will offer an equally special ride. But that’s no accident since our developers spent years researching and testing how best to mitigate fatigue-causing road vibrations.  

We zeroed in on how to dampen low frequency vibrations between 25and 50Hz, since those are the vibrations that impact the rider most, and which result in discomfort and fatigue. By designing the Aktiv Fork with a tuned mass damper near the axle of each fork leg, we are able to dissipate the road chatter before it reverberates up to the rider’s hands and arms.  

Not only does the design make the ride more comfortable, it enhances how the bike handles since the shock absorption is not at the expense of energy loss, unlike more conventional dampening systems. The connection to the road is improved as well thanks to the fork’s ability to soak up chip-and-seal caused chatter. 

TIME QUICKSET

The TIME Quickset system makes it possible to mount and adjust the stem separately from the headset. It is an innovative way to combine a classic stem setup with a headset pivot system for ease of adjustment. 

Es otra patente de TIME que integra la dirección en la estructura durante el proceso de moldeado. Mejora el nivel de precisión en la alineación que es posible y es un sistema más ligero que las configuraciones más convencionales de potencia/dirección.