Time Bicycles

Since its foundation in 1987, Time Bicycles have continually pushed the boundaries of technology, design and innovation. They are driven by the desire to build the best bikes in the world and their guiding principle - Le Defi, or,  The Challenge - inspires them to never rest, never take the easy option and to always lead the way.

Time Bicycles are at the forefront of carbon fiber manufacturing and bike production. They utilize two unique processes, Braided Carbon Structure and Resin Transfer Molding to build immensely strong, light and stable bikes. Time is one of the only bike companies in the world to produce frames in this way - a method developed for use in used in aerospace, elite motorsport and automotive applications.

Both the Braided Carbon Structure and Resin Transfer Moulding processes allow Time to control every individual strand of carbon used in the construction of a frame. With more than 30 years of experience, Time have elevated the standard in creating carbon fibre frames to match that of a Formula One car.

Braided Carbon Structure is their term for the weaving of fibres into complex bi-directional ‘socks.’ These tubes are easy to tune with different materials – Time currently choses from 16 filaments to perfectly tailor their layups.

This process allows something that is unheard of in the cycling world; continuous, unbroken fibres that run the full length of a structure. It’s easy to imagine the integrity of many layers of uninterrupted woven fibres running through a steerer tube and being integrated into a fork crown and even down the fork legs with minimal overlapping joints. Contrast this with standard prepreg layup where the edge of every carbon sheet is a potential weakness.

The Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) process is ubiquitous in aerospace and high-end automotive applications but it’s almost unheard of in cycling. The RTM process turns the soft, dry fibre frame layup into the solid, strong and flexible bike frame. The way Time does it greatly reduces the potential for defects within the structure and enables them to create superior frames.

Resin Transfer Molding is the best way to minimize defects in the composite structure. By injecting resin under high pressure between rigid external and internal molds, air pockets are pushed out and voids between layers are eliminated. Resin can only flow where the precise molds allow and only assume the shapes that are intended. The RTM process is extremely high-tolerance, uniform and consistent yielding a beautiful near-finished product.

Time also utilize forged carbon in many parts of the frame to increase strength and longevity. Their CMT (Compression Molding Technology) forged carbon seatpost heads and dropouts have 20x the fatigue life of steel or aluminum and are lighter than both. In addition, the 60% fiber mix eliminates propagation of cracks.

This process also reduces the impact of the manufacturing process on he environment. After molding, internal wax mandrels are melted and recycled leaving no material inside the frame. The standard prepreg moulding process usually leaves plastic bag or eps foam inside the structure.