TIME Bicycles unveil the all-new ADHX all-road & rapid gravel bicycle working with their exclusive woven carbon development bolstered with field-initially Bio-Dependent Dyneema fibers built from wooden production waste. Calling it their “debut gravel bike”, the new Alpe d’Huez X (ADHX) leans more in an all-highway path with somewhat slender-for-modern-day-gravel tire clearances, but it packs a ton of thrilling new manufacturing tech into a top quality carbon bicycle built solely in the EU…
TIME ADHX bio-Dyneema carbon all-road gravel bike
The all-road leaning carbon Time ADHX is a fast gravel bicycle promising a ‘perfect blend’ of light-weight, ability-transfer & dealing with stiffness, rider ease and comfort, and all-terrain toughness – all tuned for limitless mixed-floor driving.
It will get a exceptional significant-performance blend of carbon to arrive in just around 1 kg with gravel-prepared toughness and space for 40mm tires.
Braided Carbon Composition & Resin Transfer Molding
Time gave us an in-depth glimpse at the one of a kind way they were likely to weave alongside one another carbon to make their bikes this past winter. And the new ADHX gravel bicycle is their initially model to just take this Braided Carbon Framework (BCS) system off-street.
By radially braiding dry fibers Time has unmatched control of materials placement with the tubes of their frames, whilst also letting them to introduce special reinforcement like this new Bio-Based mostly Dyneema, Vectran, a lot more conventional hello-mod carbons, or even Kevlar to tackle unique loads on a bike.
Time only adds the resin below force into the ultimate comprehensive mold (RTM) , just after individual tubes are woven in excess of mandrels then assembled together dry into a finish bicycle. This will allow a great deal far more specific fiber placement, extra layup overall flexibility, much more workable molding time since they are employing pre-preg, and finally a lighter & much more refined resin composition.
This is in quite a few ways identical to how 3T can make the Torno cranks & the new Exploro Italia at their HQ in Italy.
We generally know Dyneema in cycling from fiber spokes, bikepacking baggage, ultralight textiles in sneakers or even crash-resistant bib shorts. But the ultra-significant molecular bodyweight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber that promises to be 15x much better than metal can be woven into textiles for all way of reinforcements.
Time braids it with carbon to boost the protection of their new ADHX all-road & gravel body in a crash. Engineered to only incrementally improve the toughness of the frame in an impact, the Dyneema fibers continue being structurally seem for a much for a longer period interval just after the carbon fibers fall short, retaining the bike from failing in a catastrophic way. Effectively, the Dyneema reinforcement allows the carbon bicycle to bend more like a steel bike vs. the historically a lot more brittle failure mode of traditional carbon bikes.
You will not basically see the Dyneema in the ADHX, even though. Time only weaves it into the inner workings of the ‘BCS sock’ at the junctions of the headtube, downtube & toptubes. There, a 20-25% Dyneema composition allows resist substantial inner forces in the celebration of a crash, keeping the bike with each other and trying to keep the rider safer.
The bio-based mostly edition of Dyneema evidently retains all of the efficiency attributes of the primary petrochemical UHMWPE, but with a 90% reduced carbon footprint than generic high-modulus polyethylene (HMPE) according to its producer. The fibers are synthesized from wood waste from the timber & pulp market, merged with some conventional fossil gasoline-dependent content to make the ethylene.
It is not absolutely fossil-totally free, but 1 ton of bio-Dyneema has a 5 ton CO2 reduction as opposed to traditional Dyneema (or 29 tons fewer than generic HMPE).
Time’s new BCS woven carbon ADHX frame has a claimed weight 1025g (compact, unpainted) with cast carbon dropouts. Formally Time suggests the all-street / gravel bike has 700c x 38c tire clearance, for a authentic 40mm measured tire width. Of study course, based on rim width, some 40mm gravel tires may not in shape.
The ADHX capabilities thoroughly-inner cable routing by the Deda DCR headset procedure, which can also work with conventional bars & stems and a cable port in the upper headset cap.
The body is 1x & 2x appropriate with mechanical & digital drivetrains, and contains a sleek include over the mounts for the removable front derailleur tab. It attributes 12mm through-axles, flat mount disc brakes, BB386 base bracket, a replaceable derailleur hanger, and a tidy exterior alloy clamp for the 27.2mm spherical seatpost.
Mounting points involve a conventional pair of cages inside of the major triangle, in addition a established of immediate mounts for a toptube bag.
The ADHX’s geometry is extra stamina-concentrated than their equivalent-wanting Alpe d’Huez 21 mild highway bikes. The all-road experience is meant to be a bit more comfortable & secure with extended wheelbases and 420mm chainstays. But frame Stack & Access are primarily the same as on the highway, with only a somewhat slacker (.5-1°) head angle throughout the 5 dimensions range.
TIME ADHX – Pricing, choices & availability
Time’s new ADHX gravel all-highway bicycle is accessible now only as a frameset, but you can choose how you want it to look.
For 3300€ you can select up a completely ready-to-paint, primer primed frameset.
Or for 3500€ the EU-designed gravel bicycle comes in four shiny clear shades that reveal the woven carbon beneath – Amber brown, Cobalt blue, Forest environmentally friendly, or Carbon black.
Then it’s up to you how you spec out your desire bio-Dyneema gravel bike construct.