Fifty Plus (50+) - Titanium coated carbon fiber ski poles
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02-16-09, 10:12 AM
I bought the lightest and stiffest ski poles I could find for CX skating saturday. Very good poles, but I had to smile when I read their brochure. They are made with an "insert of titanium coated carbon fibers" for extra stiffness. This must be a great new material for that ultra expensive roadbike I really, really need.
02-16-09, 10:27 AM
Could you cut one in two and post a picture?
02-16-09, 11:06 AM
Back in the mid-sixties when I was XC racing, we were using bamboo poles. I remember when I first saw carbon fibre poles in the late seventies they were being used by some of the elite participants in the marathons and citizen loppets I was doing. It was not unusual for a pole to break spontaneously or from being fallen on. I moved to fibreglass because it was almost as light and less prone to breakage. One day I might get some carbon fibre poles for track skiing. I still like bamboo for backcountry skiing and bushwhacking because if it breaks it just splinters lengthwise without separating. A little duct tape around the break and you're good to go.
I'm a classic diagonal stride skier, but I'd like to try skate-skiing. I keep balking when I see the price of the equipment, though.
02-16-09, 03:07 PM
This is a process of layering an ultra-thin coating of titanium on each carbon fiber. Commonly done to reduce interaction and oxidation between the carbon fibers and other materials. A number of medical, space, and industrial applications for it.
I haven't seen any claims that the combination is any stronger than regular CF, but perhaps it is.
There are a number of other materials that have been used for coating CF, such as nickle.
02-16-09, 10:21 PM
Ti & CF. Kind of like donuts to Homer Simpson.
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