Behold, Robot Technology! BMC’s New “Flawless” Impec Road Bike for Cadel Evans

BMC’s new video shows how their “robot technology” led to the creation of their new Impec road bike. Short for “impeccable”, it’s being ridden by Cadel Evans, who says it’s flawless and apparently loved it the first time he rode it.

Using robots to weave each tube individually rather than lay up sheets of pre-woven carbon fiber, BMC says each tube, nay, each section of each tube can be perfectly calibrated to yield the desired performance. Check the video while we work on getting some photos of this rig…

Comments

wallymann - 07/09/10 - 2:48pm

hmmmm…IIRC the folks @ TIME have been doing this for YEARS!

verrr nice bike just the same, but it’s not a particularly innovative production process.

Collin Snyder - 07/11/10 - 7:26am

Toyota is doing this on their Lexus LFA Supercar for the a pilliars, although on a bigger scale.

colorider - 07/12/10 - 12:17pm

I don’t pretend to be a carbon engineer but TIME bikes layup the carbon in sheets; BMC actually controls the fibers spun into the carbon. I also thought TIME and BMC were doing the same thing but was informed on other websites that BMC took it to the next level with their “robots” and control of the actual strands of carbon.

alloycowboy - 07/13/10 - 1:54am

And they said those University basket weaving course would never pay off, boy were they wrong! I guess they never figured we would be riding basket woven carbon fiber bicycles around when they said that!

Here is a great quote for Cadel Evans if he doesn’t win the Tour de France!

As Colonel Hogan from Hogan’s Heroes once eloquently stated: “Alright, alright fellows– remember it’s not whether you win or loose it’s how you weave your basket that counts.”

Actor: Bob Crane
Show: Hogan’s Heroes
Episode: S3E24
Title: What time does the Balloon go up?

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