Carbon Fiber – Which Style is for me?

Which Style is for me?

Today’s world is becoming more carbon fiber friendly, and an increasing number of riders are experiencing firsthand the numerous benefits of a lighter, better-handling, and ultimately safer motorcycle. If we have learned one thing from the composites market, it’s that the technology is advancing as fast as our bikes, and the BST  line exploits all of today’s advancements in modern day, composite technology. A lighter, stronger wheel will behave far friendlier than a steel, magnesium or aluminum wheel. From a safety position, the wheels come with DOT approval and are ready for even the harshest of environments. By the way, did you know that Ducati, Confederate, and Norton, to name a few, are now using carbon fiber wheels on factory bikes directly purchased off of the showroom floor?

In today’s automotive and motorcycle industries, carbon fiber is nearly ubiquitous in superbikes and supercars, but as prices have come down, due to less expensive material costs, the opportunity to add a set of these beautiful wheels to your bike is now in reach. As of today, we have over 600 different carbon fiber wheels for most motorcycle applications; combine this with our customization packages, and the possibilities are endless. Carbon fiber wheels are no longer “unobtainium” reserved for the ultra-wealthy, like Jay Leno and oil barons.  Even the cost-conscious 125cc Grom crowd are rolling on carbon fiber wheels these days.

Our goal was to offer a one-stop shopping experience where you can educate yourself on these popular wheels that improve the handling and safety of your motorcycle while decreasing rider fatigue. So the question comes down to the style and customization you are looking for.

BST Carbon Fiber Wheels

BST, with over 22,000 wheels on the road, is the largest aftermarket and OEM carbon fiber wheel manufacturer in the world. Offering a more traditional “spoke like” look, BST has 5 different spoke patterns that are unique to each bike type. The user can select from 4 different finishes (gloss, matte, satin or the all new 2K-Xirallic Ink colors).

All BST carbon rims are a one-piece, hollow spoke design, utilizing pre-preg carbon fiber fabric woven in a unidirectional format, embedded in a resin matrix, and cured in a high-pressure autoclave. The rims are then permanently attached to aluminum hubs using high-strength aerospace fasteners with mechanical locking mechanisms as well as high-strength aerospace adhesive.

 

BST Custom Ink

Luxury car and motorcycle manufacturers have a long history of offering special paints for that one-of-a-kind look, so when BST was asked to paint a set of its carbon fiber wheels, they looked for ways they could offer color without hiding the beauty of the carbon fiber weave. BST uses a product called Xirallic® and then mixes it with an automotive clear coat using a 20% tint so they can offer a unique display of color while maintaining the aesthetic look of carbon fiber. This finish is offered in red, blue, green, gold, orange, and black ink.

Xirallic® combines a lively sparkle with a shimmer which has never been achieved before. The crystal effect pigments from EMD Performance Materials (a division of Merck KGaA) create an unexpected deep luster and extraordinary sparkle in coatings. Their high color intensity and purity are impressive. Direct light – especially from the sun – shows off their unparalleled brilliance to the fullest. In short, Xirallic® is unique in the world of effect pigments. With its small particle size and tight particle size distribution, Xirallic® can be easily used in all application areas, from plastic coatings, industry and powder coatings, to dispersion paints. The main field of application for the crystal effect pigments, however, is automotive coatings: this is where their extraordinary color saturation and depth, as well as their universal technical usability, really come into their own.

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Have more questions? Contact our Sales Specialist today at 937-912-0054 or sales@brocksperformance.com