The weight of the alloy balanced with the small diameter and stiffness achieved by the carbon fiber results in an arrow that better resists wind drift than other products, according to the company. It’s apparently a formula that works, since Easton reports that its arrows have been used by more Olympic title winners than any other brand.
There are several cycling events featured in the Olympics, and the equipment is vastly different for each. But whether competitors are riding brakeless track bikes with their solid disk wheels, more familiar road bikes or highly durable BMX and mountain bikes, the equipment shares one feature – a CFRP frame.
Manufacturers like Felt Racing LLC in Irvine, Calif., note that carbon fiber is today’s material of choice for any high-performance bike, but each manufacturer has its own unique formula for balancing stiffness, weight and strength. For most of its products, for example, Felt uses a varying blend of high and ultra-high modulus unidirectional fiber materials – from its proprietary UHC Performance fiber to TeXtreme® fibers – with its own nano resin matrix to achieve various weights and degrees of durability. It uses modular monocoque construction to mold large sections of the frame for added durability.
This careful engineering leads to significant differences on the course. Mountain bikes need to balance durability against tough terrain with the lightness needed for speed. Track bikes, on the other hand, are all about speed. In fact, these bikes have weight requirements – they must check in at more than 14.9 pounds – to ensure safety isn’t compromised to achieve lighter weights and faster speeds.