The Evolution of Alpe d'Huez
Alpe d'Huez is more than a climb in Le Tour. Helicopters, police escorts, blue smoke, screaming face-painters and a crowd of 300,000 cycling fans guarantee that every visit to this legendary summit will be crowned forever in glory. It's this unmistakable marriage of history, spectacle, colossal effort, sportsmanship and beauty that is woven into every Alpe d'Huez frame we make. To ride the new TIME Alpe d'Huez disc is to enjoy something that eludes description, that can't be duplicated by any other bike. This is the Ultimate Road Bike.
We took the Vectran® enhanced structure of the ADH 01 and increased the amount of light and stiff Toray M40J and added Dyneema®, the World’s Strongest Fiber® to create our most advanced BCS hybrid blend ever.
Bio-Based DYNEEMA® Fiber is Lighter, Stronger and Smarter
Dyneema® fiber is 15x stronger than steel at the same weight and is so light that it floats on water. The promise of integrating Dyneema® in carbon structures has been making headlines for years now, but to date very few manufacturers have been able to incorporate the material. TIME is different–we aren't reliant on materials availability from large carbon prepreg manufacturers. By weaving our own braided carbon structures (BCS) we have been able to test strands of sustainable Bio-Based Dyneema® fibres since they first became available from DSM. And unlike the high temperature ovens used to cure standard prepreg frames, the lower resin temperature of the RTM injection process is well within the safe temperature range for Dyneema®
Is It Your Time?
The Alpe d’Huez Disc rider is looking for top performance, cutting-edge materials, stiffness and precision. Any rider looking to step away from the anonymous mainstream will love the flash and panache of the AdH Disc.
Bio-Based Dyneema® is Lighter, Stronger and Smarter. Because we weave our own braided carbon structures (BCS) we have been able to add a hybrid Carbon/Bio-Based Dyneema® layer that increases strength in the structure without compromising stiffness or weight.
Dyneema® fiber is 15x stronger than steel at the same weight, with a tensile strength up to 43 cN/dtex. Dyneema® fiber is so light that it floats on water and furthermore has a very high modulus (resistance against deformation).
SUBLIME RIDE FEEL
Braided Carbon Structure is the weaving of dry fibers into complex bi-directional ‘socks.’ These tubes of fiber are easy to tune with different materials – TIME currently choses from 16 filaments to perfectly tailor our layups. This process also allows something that is unheard of in the cycling world; continuous fibers that run the full length of a structure. With standard prepreg layup, fibers end where the sheets do, creating inherent weaknesses.
BCS is the way we’ve always made our products and we’re the one of the only bike manufacturers doing it.
Resin Transfer Moulding is the best way to minimize defects in the frame structure. By laying up dry fibers and then injecting resin at high pressure between rigid external AND internal molds, air pockets and voids are eliminated. Unlike the industry-standard prepreg layup and air bag moulding, RTM quality is uniform and consistent yielding a beautiful near-finished product. While the RTM process is ubiquitous in aerospace and high-end automotive applications, it’s almost unheard of in cycling and your TIME is unique.
The included DEDA S-DCR headset is compatible with standard stems and handlebars for semi-integrated setup or add a full DCR headset cover/stem/bar available from DEDA to finish your TIME with fully-integrated cables and brake hoses.
1X DERAILLEUR COVER
With the included TIME Derailleur Mount Cover, your 1X setup will look as slick and finished as the rest of your bike. Full compatibility with single and double–ring drivetrains doesn’t mean making a visual compromise.
With 20x the fatigue life of steel or alloy, we use forged carbon where others spec heavier aluminum parts. A 60% fiber content allows drilling and threading without cracking, processes that are much more challenging with prepreg construction.