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STATIC TESTING OF CARBON FIBER FRAMES - Spring 1998
Vincent Caccese
Associate Professor
University of Maine

Several carbon fiber frames were tested in the University of Maine Testing Apparatus. The enclosed is a brief summary of these tests. The figure below shows the raw data resulting from tests on 5 different frames. For the most part the trend in the data is linear, with the exception of the TREK frame.  Table 1 summarizes the initial stiffness calculated using linear regression analysis. The stiffest frame tested was the AEGIS black weave. Little difference in stiffness was observed when the AEGIS 5-ply, AEGIS Ultra-Light and the KESTREL frames are compared. The TREK frame starts out relatively flexible compared to the others. Its stiffness then gradually increases to the point where, at a load of 100 lbs., its deflection is less than all of the frames except for the black weave


Designation Stiffness, lb./in
AEGIS Black Weave [Bionic Weave] 147

AEGIS 5-ply [Standard Frame]

124
AEGIS Ultra-Light 118
AEGIS Red Frame [Experimental; Never produced] 107
KESTREL 124
TREK 90*
* -  Non-linear behavior observed

Table 1 - Summary of the Initial Stiffness of Various Carbon Fiber Frames


Comparative Frame Stiffness Graph

Figure 1 - Comparison of the Load-Deflection Response of Various Carbon Fiber
Bicycle Frames.


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