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A Scottish (UK) SME aims to develop a lightweight, state of the art steel frame full suspension bicycle which will compete with aluminium and carbon fiber bikes. The first prototype is designed & built and the company now seeks reliable, affordable manufacturing partners within Europe to put the bike into low volume production.
The company's aim is to develop a lightweight, state of the art steel frame full suspension bike which will compete with the aluminium and carbon fiber bikes currently available.
The first prototype bike is designed and built, and is currently being tested. The company is now looking for reliable, affordable manufacturing partners within Europe to put into low volume (approx 100 frames per year) production
This could be one company capable of all processes, or multiple companies specializing in different processes.
They are specifically looking for forming & fabrication of Steel & Titanium and possibly Aluminium but not Carbon Fiber.
The company focus is on durability and low maintenance, in all riding conditions.
This will be achieved through the use of functional, optimized design, precision manufacture, and the highest quality bearings, seals and components.
Utilizing finite element stress analysis, high strength, lightweight butted tubing, and with careful attention to detail, the company aims to carve out a sizable niche in the "Enduro" mountain bike scene, bringing the superior stiffness & fatigue strength of steel into a new and expanding market.
Material traceability and certification will be required.
Steel and potentially Titanium welding or thin walled (0.7-0.9mm wall thickness) tubing to high standard.
CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining of steel, Aluminium & potentially some Titanium.
Frame weight approx 3kg.
Companies specialising in the following manufacturing methods would be desirable:
Bicycle frame manufacturers
CNC machining of small/medium sized parts in Steel, Aluminium & potentially some Titanium.
Laser cutting and sheet metal forming
Tube forming & tube hydro-forming
TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding of thin walled tubing
Bicycle component suppliers (wheels, tyres, groupsets etc)