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First recyclable plastic bicycle frame

igus has developed the bicycle frame made of recyclable composite material together with and for the German e-bike manufacturer Advanced Bikes.

According to igus, a Cologne-based manufacturer of injection-molded parts made from engineering plastics, the new bicycle frame weighs 3.3 kilograms, is injection-molded from a single part and is recyclable. To ensure sufficient strength, rigidity and low weight, igus says it uses a composite material consisting of high-performance plastics and carbon fibers. With this development, igus aims to set the next milestone for sustainable mobility after the RCYL Bike, a bicycle made from 50 percent recycled fishing nets. The company's expertise in plastics processing and its experience with the RCYL Bike have been incorporated into the development of both the new frame and new bicycle components made from high-performance plastics, according to a press release. The Offenbach-based e-bike manufacturer Advanced Bikes was relying on igus for its future frame production in order to drive forward the transformation to a circular economy. The bicycle frame made from composite material will reportedly be used in the new trekking e-bike Reco Urban from Advanced Bikes. "Advanced's aim was to produce a frame made of a composite material with 100 percent recyclable plastic using the injection molding process," explains Jan Philipp Hollmann, Head of Bike Components at igus. With over 30 years of experience in the development and production of components for the bicycle industry, the challenge had been accepted without hesitation.

  • Press release igus GmbH (24.6.2024)
  • Graphic: © igus GmbH

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