Nano-tubes are 100 times stronger than high-tensile steel and around 20 times stronger than standard carbon fibres. Good research requires good teamwork. That's why Canyon is involved in research networks with renowned institutes and firms which are working on the development of new materials, new test methods and production processes. One research project deals with the use of carbon nano-tubes or, in short, CNT in lightweight structures.
Canyon is a member of the innovation alliance Inno.CNT, which is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and consists of around 80 partners from business and research working together on pre-competitive CNT research. Whilst conventional carbon fibres have a diameter of several millionths of a metre, the new materials bring that down to just a few Nanometers (billionths of a meter).
Within the sub-projects the possible applications of CNT from the manufacture right through to the finished component are examined. The research alliance Inno.CNT is mere fundamental research. The aim of our sub-project CarboRoad is to produce the first components with carbon nano-tubes
"It will still take several years until it is possible to use this new technology in bike components, but we will keep at it. After all, nano-technology will be one of the key technologies of the 21st century and will provide us with completely new possibilities in diverse areas such as in the manufacture of materials, surfaces, and in functional integration."
(Dr. Michael Kaiser)