Enve Composites and Zyvex Technologies Announce Exclusive Licensing Partnership to the Technology Used to Create the World’s First Nano-Enhanced Carbon Fiber Downhill Rim
April 30, 2012 – Ogden, Utah, USA – ENVE Composites is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with Zyvex Technologies, the world’s first molecular nanotechnology company. This partnership provides ENVE access to the latest materials comprised of nano-enhanced carbon fiber which are used in ENVE’s DH rims and wheelsets.
The ENVE DH rims and wheelsets, which began shipping to the public earlier this year, provide significant performance benefits to downhill cyclists including those that compete at the highest levels of World Cup racing.
ENVE partnered with Zyvex Technologies by using its Arovex nano-enhanced carbon fiber technology. Arovex is a carbon nanotube and graphene engineered composite material that uses the proprietary Kentera technology to create chemical bonds on carbon nanotubes. It provides an advantage in toughness without compromising strength and protects from fracture damage. ENVE has an exclusive license for this advanced technology for cycling applications.
After two years of development, ENVE sponsored rider Greg Minnaar of the Santa Cruz Syndicate rode the new DH rim to victory at the 2012 World Cup Opener in Saint Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. “The ENVE-Zyvex partnership introduces the first carbon fiber rim specifically designed for the downhill cyclist. During development and testing, the current DH rim and early prototypes have won over 50 podiums in competitions around the world. These results validate ENVE’s success using Zyvex’s Arovex. Downhill racing is extreme in nature and the fact that these new rims are surviving the most challenging tracks in the world truly make these rims one of a kind,” noted Jason Schiers, founder of ENVE Composites.
“Zyvex Technologies is the first company to globally commercialize nano-enhanced products. After building a $40 billion supply chain in less than four years, we are fortunate that partners like Composites One convey the carbon nanotechnology value to companies like ENVE who are constantly innovating products. Products made with our materials have less weight and increased strength to change the way products perform,” said Lance Criscuolo, president of Zyvex Technologies.
Most notable is an unprecedented increase in durability, strength, and stiffness over traditional alloy offerings on the market. Before ENVE’s sponsorship of the Syndicate, it was common for the team to replace aluminum rims more than 180 times in a season. In 2011, Syndicate racer Steve Peat raced on the same pair of ENVE DH wheels throughout the entire 2011 season.
“The nano-enhanced carbon DH rim is changing what people expect in terms of ride quality and durability, this new rim is demonstrating significant technical and competitive advantages in the demanding downhill environment. We are changing the game.” concluded Schiers.
Source: Jake Pantone