Frame Technology

FRAME FEATURES
Understanding Frame Efficiency

TUBING 101
Butted Tubing
Comparisions
Tubing Refinements
Relative Weight Index
Developments

FRAME NOTES
Chromoly
Aluminum
Niobium
Scandium
Titanium
Carbon

THE STORY BEHIND ISOGRID®

In the early '90s, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, American aerospace companies scrambled for alternate markets. One of those companies, Simula, decided to use defense technology to build advanced equipment for athletes. Their sports division headed by Howard Lindsay courted the leading innovators in the cycling industry, including Cannondale, Answer, Trek, and Santana. In 1993-94 Santana worked with Simula to develop a one-piece carbon fiber tandem frame. The insurmountable problem was the cost of molds that would be limited to one specific size and geometry. Eventually Simula launched their own brand of single bike, High Zoot, which although incredibly advanced, was too expensive for mid ’90s mountain bikers.

In 1997 Lindsay was recruited by True Temper and worked for three years as dual Vice President (heading both Engineering and R&D). In 2000, when Simula opted to sell their sporting goods division, Howard left True Temper and formed VyaTek to buy Simula’s patents and technology. In 2002 after patenting a way to manufacture carbon fiber bicycle frames without troublesome glue or immutable molds, he excitedly contacted Santana.

Wilson Sporting Goods licenses VyaTek’s IsoGrid® technology to produce the racquets used by Venus and Serena Williams. Two days after agreeing to give the new racquets a one week trial, the world’s most recognized female athletes switched to IsoGrid®. Their reason? See if the following attributes sound familiar: Lighter weight, higher velocity, greater accuracy, and reduced muscle and joint strain.

Other licensees include Scott (ski poles for World Cup racers), Matrix Motorsports (racing technology for German car makers), and Holland Cycles (single bike frames).

*IsoGrid® is a trademark for Vyatek's patented, cutting edge method for creating the world's finest hybrid composite carbon/metal tubes.