Norland Cycles Downhill Bike Project
Here is the story of my project.
My Name is Maximilian-Peter Werner. I’m from Viña Del Mar, Chile.
My country now is better known because of the miners than because of the innovation
or people who decided to do something different than the rest.
ones who decided to do something different, and risky. Instead of making a quick project that will take few months to get graduated, I decided with everything against me to do something in relation with my passion for the latest 10 years, a Downhill Bike, the most advanced of the Latin-American Continent, and the first one on using of the same material you can find on the F-22 Raptor, Eurofighter Typhoon and Airbus a 380 airframe.
most average project, was also the country, with tons of technologic, materials, market,
taxes and burocracy limitations. A county where the best way to get aluminium or cromoly
is importing it yourself, because is not stock here, but well that is just little part of the story.
I am also a poor student who live by himself with very limited financial resources, so, making a
project of this level with practiclly no money was also bigger part of the challenge, but I did it.
I started by making a very good design for the technology middles that were available at the moment,
the idea of my project caught the interest of people from Pinkbike.com, downhillberlin.de, and the
Bike Magazine from Spain, and consecuence of that caught also the attention of Elka Suspension and Race Face.
and printed magazines got interested and also some national authorities, and the ressult is a
project sponsored in almost everything was needed (See Sponsor list at the end) The project itself consist in 2 technologic and design innovations applied to the Downhill Bike/Frame I’m designing. First one consist on a re-design of the late ninties double chain sistem used to eliminate the pedalling-suspension interference. The design innovation will consist on make this sistem much lighter and compatible with all kind of cranksets available in the market, without limitate it to just the heaviest cromoly DJ/BMX cranks.
The second and Most important innovation is the development of the application of the aerospace material denominated GLARE (GLAss REinforced) widely used on the latest generation Jetfighters and Stealth bomber, by first time on a downhill Bike. The tests on the material lab are prommissing a success on the using of this material on Mountainbikes, letting them achieve an incredible ressistance at low weight.
The list of sponsors who trusted in my project are:
-Diverse Suspension Products
-Kowa suspension (Japan)
-TNT Cargo (Chilean division)
-Mozartt Components (Poland)
-Continental Tires-Downhill Berlin Club.
-Kaoz Bikes (Bikeshop-Chile)
Here is the list of Middles where is shown my project, and their Links:
La Tarde y Usted (in spanish): http://raceface.com/riders/?p=6495 (Chile)
Loco TV (Chile) Comming Up Soon with prototype done
Ciclo-Pro (Chile) Comming Up Soon with prototype done
Revista el Mundo de la Mountainbike (Spain) (see attached PDF’s)
Revista RGV (Chile) Comming Up Soon with prototype done
Tell Magazine (Chile) Comming Up Soon with prototype done
Norland Cycles Project
Industrial design student on thesis project
Please do NEVER send me stuff by DHL Express, they are Cheaters and thieves, taking money from “Ghost Items”.
We have a sponsorship by TNT Cargo that is managing with all postages, customs & taxes payments.
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