Scott Sports recently shared an inside look at their carbon fiber bicycle production facility. Carbon is the ultimate source material for a high performance bicycle, but it’s nothing without engineering. Every form, every detail in the layup is a tactical plan with an intended result.
SCOTT was one of the first brands to use carbon fiber extensively in its bicycle frames. Since it’s introduction, SCOTT has strived to improve carbon technology, always aiming to make lighter, more robust and more durable products. SCOTT has been a forerunner in carbon process development with regards to manufacturing practices that are precise and repeatable and that minimize waste. SCOTT engineers continue to work with independent testing laboratories and engineering university not only to maintain SCOTT’s rigid standards with carbon manufacturing, but also to foster new developments and advance its carbon expertise.
Types of Carbon
HMF, high modulus carbon fiber, is now used throughout the bicycle industry. HMF carbon fiber is used to maximize strength and minimize weight. This material has an optimal blend of stiffness and strength. HMF fiber offers superior strength compared to the industry standard.
SCOTT has improved upon on the now conventional HMF. HMX filaments are both stiffer and smaller in diameter than those of HMF carbon. HMX is 20 percent stiffer than its HMF counterpart for the same weight, allowing an HMX frame can be built of tubes with thinner wall thicknesses to achieve the same stiffness of a corresponding HMF frame.
This unique carbon fiber allows SCOTT engineers to create incredibly light bikes with excellent riding characteristics. The cost of HMX, however, is three times that of HMF, and is therefore reserved for our high end Premium, Team Issue and RC frames.
Each frame is handmade. The amount of time spent on each varies by model. Per SCOTT USA’s Adrian Montgomery:
Each frame is different. For instance a Plasma 3 takes 80 hours, a Scale takes 22 hours, a FOIL takes 40 hours. Full suspension frames come in parts but generally take about 30 hours for a Spark or Genius.
The CR1 offers the perfect balance of performance and comfort. Designed to save the rider from shocks and vibrations created by rough roads, the CR1 is the ideal choice for the enthusiast or racer who wants to enjoy long rides but doesn’t want to feel beat up at the end of the day.
The Plasma‘s range incorporates SCOTT aerodynamic science and a unique carbon molding expertise to create no compromise machines. Plasmas are designed to help the rider minimize aerodynamic drag. They are ideally suited to triathlons and TTs. The Plasma should be your choice in any race against the clock where the wind is your biggest enemy.