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Interesting presentation of the 1976 Assos carbon bike

Old 11-28-18, 05:52 PM
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Interesting presentation of the 1976 Assos carbon bike

While researching early carbon bikes I came across this video on this rad ASSOS track bike of 1976. Indeed by the same cyclist clothing maker.

Matting sourced from the US, aero shaped tubes bonded to internal aluminum lugs.

Funny though it was noted with all the wasted effort and expense by wind tunnel testing, because it was done sans rider.

(This leading to my quest of a bike forum C&V thread > show and tell early carbon bikes. Lets see them.)


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I think I have Assos rims somewhere.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
...Funny though it was noted with all the wasted effort and expense by wind tunnel testing, because it was done sans rider.
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That is so it could be advertised as WIND-TUNNEL TESTED!! (Without having to reveal what data - if any - of the wind tunnel testing provided.)
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Like usual, a erroneous claim was made by Assos and the presenter that it was "The first Carbon Fibre Bike"...... There were already manufacturers selling CF framed bikes by 1976 and a few years before that. Mossberg and Exxon being the most well known.....
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
Like usual, a erroneous claim was made by Assos and the presenter that it was "The first Carbon Fibre Bike"...... There were already manufacturers selling CF framed bikes by 1976 and a few years before that. Mossberg and Exxon being the most well known.....
I think the qualifier was "first aero carbon fiber bike" that it might be.
I raced against a rider on a carbon fiber track bike in 1975, a GraphiteUSA frame, oversized tubes, welded up aluminum lugs and fittings.
They were out of San Diego and undercapitalized, vanished.
Too bad, were on a decent path for the time.
Fortunately I won the state championship series, but it was a squeaker.

There were images at least a year earlier of an experimental Carlton Carbon Fibre frame. Stayed that way, experimental.
Klein in 1976 - my memory is not perfect- was adding Boron Fiber to the chain stays of his Aluminum bikes.
Boron was advised to be even stronger than carbon, the application in the information literature of the material was it being used on fighter jet vertical stabilizers.
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