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STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY
MERIDA work in close partnership with industry leaders demonstrating cutting edge expertise. This definitely applies to carbon production. We collaborate with the best producers who constantly develop and refine production techniques for other industries; their learnings are applied to the differing needs of each frame we develop.
CARBON PRODUCTION IS VERY COMPLEX
Marketing has created a mystique around carbon frame quality; labels such as high tensile, high modulus, super and ultra-high modulus dominate the market. These terms relate to carbon’s properties, not its quality. Toho or Torray are sometimes mentioned to add perceived credibility. Some brands say all carbon is the same, or that they use only ultra-high modulus fibres.
In reality, high performance carbon frames must incorporate many different fibre types, each carefully positioned to achieve the right technical properties. For example, our SCULTURA frame weighs 850 g (size M/L). It comprises 400 individual carbon sections, taking over 45 hours to build.
CARBON IS DEFINITELY NOT ALL THE SAME
Visually identical frames can vary in quality due to the level and mix of carbon fibres used. MERIDA uses a CF number to demonstrate the performance level; 2 is the lowest, 5 is the highest. Subtle tweaks to the carbon fibres used save weight and improve performance.