Saint-Gobain work with Bike manufacturers to develop lightweight solutions that offer lower friction values than traditional rolling-element bearings, yet still deliver a smooth, comfortable ride and perform reliably over the life of the component.
The challenge for bicycle manufacturers is to develop a new generation of lightweight bikes. Low friction within bearings is essential for a comfortable, confident ride but traditional bearings, for instance, rolling-element bearings, deliver this low friction at a high weight cost.
Our engineers develop lightweight composite NORGLIDE® Bearings which can deliver even lower friction values than traditional rolling-element bearings, but thanks to the advanced materials used, deliver this performance at a much lower weight. Performance gains in low friction help maintain performance of the bike over time, reducing the need for maintenance and wear.
Consumers are always looking for value, at either end of the market, and have never been more informed. For consumers with less disposable income, bicycles that combine reliable performance with a long lifespan represent an attractive choice. Repairs or replacement can be deferred for longer periods of time, and brand reputation is enhanced. Long lasting, reliable components are crucial in delivering these benefits. At the performance end, components must deliver reliable and trustworthy performance every time, particularly for bikes put under the demanding stresses of aggressive trail riding or fast roads.
We work in partnership with bicycle manufactures to define and deliver on their needs, developing long lasting, high quality component systems that can make a big difference. Advanced technologies like NORGLIDE® Bearings featuring a layer of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) offer durability with cost-effectiveness baked in. Engineers can design in performance gains with confidence, and the end user purchases a bike that is built to last.