Satisfaction dans un travail bien fait.
Unrivaled performance. Unparalleled stiffness. Responsiveness, innovation, aerodynamics, lightweight. There are a lot of buzzwords in cycling. But what do they mean? Do they mean anything anymore since they appear in some way or another in every single review and product page?
Well, yes they do. Every bike is intended to ride a certain way. Whether they all live up to expectations is up to the people who chose the materials, design the geometry, decide on production methods. There are a lot of variables, which is why there are so many bikes on the market with all sorts of different characteristics.
Chez TIME, nous avons l'avantage d'avoir plus de 30 ans d'expérience dans la création de tous nos cadres, en interne en utilisant des procédés de haute technologie brevetés que nous avons perfectionnés au cours des décennies. Nos techniciens sont fiers de la qualité du produit et sont très satisfaits du travail bien fait.
RTM et 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 était un visionnaire en investissant dans le processus au lieu d'utiliser la production de feuilles de carbone pré-imprégnées. Il a pris cette décision parce qu'il pensait que cela créait un meilleur vélo, d'autant plus que cela permet au fabricant de cadres beaucoup plus de contrôle sur le processus et la qualité. C'est une méthode qui offre une approche cohérente de la production et permet également des tolérances beaucoup plus strictes.
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 Versus 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.
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.
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.
C’est un autre brevet TIME qui permet d'intégrer le jeu de direction dans la structure pendant le processus de moulage. Il améliore le niveau de précision de l'alignement possible et constitue un système plus léger que les configurations de potence / jeu de direction plus conventionnelles.