French bike maker introduces the new Alpe d’Huez – everything you wanted to know

Introduction

Where lightness and stiffness meet. The new Alpe d’Huez bike is the lightest bike that TIME has ever created. But it is also competitively stiff for power efficiency as well as those surpise uphill attacks, responsive and precise for mountain descents and comfortable for long days in the saddle. Discover our limited edition ulteam bike Alpe d’Huez.

Lightness

Alpe d’Huez 01 is the lightest bike that TIME has ever developed: -8,6% less than its predecessor, the Izon. To achieve this, we have developed a brand new optimized structure. The carbon braids, developed according to the desired mechanical characteristics allowed for the removal of the finishing fabric. These braids are meticulously positioned on the frame and remain apparent in the finished frame. A new thinner and lighter seat was also developed to match this new frame.

Stiffness

TIME worked on the lightness of the Alpe d’Huez bike, while improving the stiffness characteristics. This gives more than 25% on the stiffness/weight ratio compared to its predecessor, Izon. You will feels liveliness, responsiveness and power when pedaling. To achieve these characteristics, we have been working with high modulus fibers, a BB386 bottom bracket and a directlink seat tube to allows better energy transfer. The sloping geometry of the frame has been adapted for performance in the mountains. The Alpe d’Huez is the ideal bike for this type of terrain, responsive on the climb and precise on the descent.

3km of fibers to build a Time bike

Thanks to our RTM and braiding of carbon fibers technologies, we have a very wide choice of different braids. All our braids have very precise mechanical characteristics. They come from many studies, especially on the choice of fibers used for their manufacture. This results in unique sensations perceived during the pedaling movement.

7300 carbon braids are needed to make a TIME frame. We have a wide choice in the type of wire used and a very high precision in the positioning of the son on the frame. We choose exactly what type of wire for which braid and which part of the frame. We thus obtain very precise mechanical characteristics according to our expectations.

73 braids are used for the manufacture of the frame. The structure is thus homogeneous and the fibers remain continuous on the structure. This results in a better transfer of mechanical properties.

 An engineer’s viewpoint: Discussion with our composite engineer, Frédéric Laget.

When developing a new bike, which steps do you have to go through?

First step is creating. We have to determine a customer target. Engineers, designers and marketing executives work together on that part. We have to agree on a global objective, a global idea and a targeted cost. Depending on the targeted cost, engineers search for technical solutions and state on a possible real cost.

As soon as the global objective has been determined, designers prepare drawings and we then take a decision on the definitive design.

Then, we work on an actual clay model. We need three to four weeks to make it. First feedbacks and adjustments come from this model’s analysis.

Once we have validated the model, we draw it again thanks to a CAD program. We defines sections, we measure each tube’s shape, height and dimension. Our program computes all of these data again.

After that, we work on the frame’s structure. We take a decision on the braids we should use and their positions thanks to the different fibers types we have.

We then manufacture our first prototype, and we test it: lab tests at first, followed by field tests. We process many lab tests to check the frame’s rigidity, endurance and resistance. Those tests make it possible for us to make adjustments, by adding rigidity on some frame parts thanks to other more braids for instance.

In the long run, field tests provide insights regarding actual feelings that we can’t analyze thanks to lab tests.

We have to pass standards tests, but we generally go even further to guarantee our products’ quality.

Once we have validated every step, we start producing our frames in every size.

The “Alpe d’Huez” bike is the lightest bike Time has ever developed, was that your global objective at the beginning of the project?

Weight was one of the criteria we wanted to work on because we wanted to create a bike designed for long climbs. However, that was not the main criteria in our minds. We wanted to manufacture a frame that would be light, reactive, vigorous and comfortable in the same time. The combination of those elements makes it possible to get a bike with a balanced behavior. This particularity makes Time bikes’ legend.

When creating a bike, do you sometimes have to face surprises in terms of weight, rigidity and performance, or do you settle everything at the beginning?

No, we do not. Obviously, we cannot anticipate everything and we often face things we did not expect. Several departments work the product’s different parts and we have to put all of this work together in order to have an optimal result.

Every time we make changes on the product, we have to go through other test and validation steps, this extends the development time.

What is the difference between a bike designed for climbing and a bike focused on aerodynamics? 

We do not work on the same geometrics when we focus on aerodynamics. The rider will need to be very low, put a lot of strength on his pedals and stay in packs… Climbers behave very differently.

For mountain rides, the bike needs to be reactive, light, comfortable and very precise regarding descents driving. This is a very different effort. We have to find the perfect balance between all of those elements and rigidity. If the bike is too hard, it will not provide enough feelings to the rider. The bike has to be one with the rider; it has to react to any push. The rider needs to feel that the bike reacts instantly.

You have a unique manufacturing process as you make carbon fiber braids that then create a frame. When creating a climbing bike, which kind of braids do you use? Does it differ from other bikes?

Indeed, our RTM manufacturing process makes it possible to be very precise on the frame’s characteristics which depend on the initial choice regarding the fibers we use. We can choose between 25 different types of fiber, each of us has different characteristics. We need around 7000 braids to manufacture a frame.
All of the frame’s future behavior depends on this initial choice and on the braids’ manufacturing. The places where we put those braids and the way we put them are very important to get the frame behavior we are looking for.

According to our lab tests, we make slight adjustments on the fibers we use and the places where we put them.

Regarding the Alpe d’Huez 01, we mostly use high modulus fibers (60%) that are very rigid and resistant. We also use high resistance fibers (37%) that are less rigid. We also use Vectran fibers (3%) to absorb vibrations and provide more comfort.

You have been using the same manufacturing process for 30 years now. You must have a great choice of fibers and braids now. Is that something you work on every time you create a new frame, or do you use some of your “old” fibers and braids?

With 30 years of research and development, we obviously have an enormous braids library. We have around 100 of them, each one having different characteristics. However, when we have a special need we create a new one: this is custom-made.

For the Alpe d’Huez 21, we developed a braid by using basalt fiber because it absorbs vibration. Rossignol racing skis have the same technology.

As an engineer, what does that technology change in terms of work, compared to competitors?

We start from the bottom: a wire, a fiber. Then we have to study the impact it will have on the bike’s behavior. The process is similar to jewelry or haute couture: we carefully chose each piece and put it as a very precise spot. If we move this piece, all of the bike’s behavior might change. We have to be very careful on our operating method we use with the people in charge of creating the braids.

Another very interesting part is that we go through every manufacturing step: from the initial brief to tests and then production.

Your factories are located in France, how does it help you in your daily work?

This brings unique productivity and comfort. Following tests, we can achieve lab and field adjustments very fast, as well as talks between all the people involved in the project.

We also have permanent control on the products we manufacture. All of the people working with us – commercials, engineers, designers… – can see the product and give their opinions. This is the big benefit that makes Time bikes’ fame.

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RFM – new exciting formats and designs coming soon

RFM did well in 2016. Being a new brand and in a very crowded space, it still managed to win many hearts with their high quality stitching smartphone bags and innovative shields that protects bicycles and smart devices for busy executives.

This year, they launched many new designs in the Taipei Bike Show and RFM now extends products for outdoor sports that goes beyond cycling and running. one notable is the IPX7

From IPX7 smartphone armbands to really cool looking Kargo bag that can be mounted onto the seat post and yet look good strapped to your back. RFM now has bags for outdoor needs.

Edco is getting popular among athletes

Edco is proud to support individual cyclists, triathletes and cycling teams!
edco Official Teams for 2017

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Team TIBCO – Silicon Valley Bank

Coloquick-Cult

Sport Vlaanderen Baloise

Lares-Waowdeals

Monkey Town CT

Delta Cycling Rotterdam

Team EDCO Continental Racing
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Catford CC Equipe/Banks
Destil – Jo Piels
WPGA Wielerploeg Groot Amsterdam

edco Athletes
Leanda Cave

Four-Time World Champion
Erik Merino

Professional Triathlete
Nick Stöpler

Six Day Racing
Wim Stroetinga

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New accessories from Tern

Wet weather upon us. No issues. Tern has lined up new designs and accessories for commuting. Special mention of a very affordable Flashlight mount for those who have army grade flashlights and who ride.

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 Dry Goods bag S$155 

The successor to the Commute Bag.

  • 100% waterproof roll-top design sporting sonically welded seams
  • Securely locks onto all Tern and KLICKfix-compatible rear racks
  • Excels as a standalone bag, thanks to its comfortable messenger strap and soft sidewalls
  • Easy-access waterproof outer pocket for phone, keys, or wallet
  • Expandable outer mesh pocket for quick storage
  • Holds up to 11.2 L (683.5 cu in) of gear and groceries

The Storm Cover S$29 gives you high-viz waterproof protection for all your panniers, baskets, and backpacks.

  •     Waterproof ripstop construction for durable all-weather protection
  •     Reflective accents and high-viz yellow fabric for maximum visibility at night or in heavy rain
  •     Optimized for the Tern Kontti Basket, Tern Kori Basket, and Tern Big Mouth Pannier
  •     Designed to fit all panniers and backpacks up to 35 L (2136 cu in) for extra versatility
  •     Elastic cinch string and nylon strap for snug security

The QuickCover S$39 lets you roll, store, or carry your bike while covered. It’s light and compact, but delivers a world of convenience.

  •     Zips on and off in seconds—so you can roll, store, and carry your covered bike
  •     Lightweight with integrated stuff-sack for always-available convenience
  •     Unique design covers the bike, but leaves the bottom open—so it’s ready to roll
  •     Drawstring closure for a snug fit
  •     Fits 20” (M), 24” and 26″ (L) Tern bikes, even with racks and fendersWeighs only 174 g (M) or 187 g (L)

Biologic Flashlight mount S$5

  •   Attach a mini-flashlight quickly and securely to your handlebar
  •     Velcro fastening system goes on and off in seconds
  •     Fits a wide variety of mini-flashlight sizes

 

 

Michelin Road and MTB series hits Singapore authorised dealers

Yes it has taken a long time but the wait is worth it as we have the most popular series and prices you do not need not contend with michelin-manexchange rates or GST payments when you  buy online OR worry about after sales if you are buying from unauthorised sources.

The MICHELIN PRO4 Competition range includes the exact tire for your needs, optimised for speed and performance, resistance against punctures and grip in extreme conditions. Pro $ service course, Endurance V2, Comp, Grip and Tubular series are available for sale.

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POWER series. The top-end Power Competition, available in 23 and 25mm widths and weighing 190 and 210g respectively, is claimed to produce 25% less rolling resistance than the previous Pro4 Service Course, with a 10 watt saving over 40km at 35kph. It also claims to have improved puncture protection with an aramid Protek belt underneath the tread.
Power Endurance, a tyre available in 23, and 25 mm widths. It’s a bit heavier than the Competition, weighing 220, 230 respectively. Rather than the Competition’s 180tpi, the Endurance uses an 110tpi construction, but with the same aramid, Protek puncture belt.

This is a tyre that is designed to be more robust and longer lasting, so ideal for training, with the X-MILES Compound being more resistant to cuts. Michelin reckons it offers a 30% reduction in rolling resistance, equating to an 8.6 watt saving, compared to the outgoing Pro4 Endurance it replaces.
Lastly, there’s the new Power All Season, which replaces the Pro4 Grip tyre. It’s a bit heavier again, at 235g for the 23mm version, 270g for the 25mm. The tyre has a lower thread per inch count of 60 tpi, with a Grip Compound rubber tread designed to function well in low temperatures.

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Lets move to MTB wth a focus on 26 and 27.2 incher with profiles of 1.1, 2.25 and 2.35.

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2017 Verge series updates

This year the Verge series from Tern ups the standard by making 451 standard Tern 2017 Verge updates 2.jpgincorporating Tarsus Fork (Verge X11 and Verge P10) and T-Tuned Geometry.

We managed to squeeze in more colours ( which was why we were delayed by 1 week) Stock to reach stores by 15 Jan 2017

Stocks for Verge X11 and Vege P10 and more Verge D9 colours arriving.

Verge X11 pictures

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Verge P10 Pictures

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Verge D9 pictures

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Roji LAB Tri Spoke Carbon wheelsets

From the combined design efforts fo Tern and KITT. The Surge LAB was born. The tri spoke wheelsets are a hit and we are launching a Preorder exercise. S$1,600 for rim brake and S$1,900 for Disc brake versions. Expected delivery is April – May 2017. Payment in full secures

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