Weight is important for any consumer looking to invest in their bike. Heavy bikes require more effort from riders, whilst within the sports market lightweight gains in every area is an essential mark of quality.
Saint-Gobain use strong yet light materials which can eliminate traditional parts like heavy steel ball bearings. By using advanced materials for integral components, overall weight can be brought down significantly, whilst not compromising on robustness or performance.
To deliver on today's rider needs, we help manufacturers think small. Small parts working smoothly are essential for the perfect ride. We share our technical expertise with our customer’s engineers to approach the design of their systems in a new way. By using NORGLIDE® Bearings manufacturers can save space or deliver greater comfort to end users by replacing multiple parts with one, or by introducing ultra-thin components. From front suspension to rear shocks, and headsets, small space savings across a bicycle can soon add up to a big difference, delivering consumers the ride they are looking for.
As riders seek affordable products combining high-performance and durability, bicycle manufacturers need new ways to balance competing demands. Cost savings are essential for both manufacturers and consumers.
Working closely with expert engineers to streamline and combine components can bring down production costs, while eliminating lubricants by using advanced materials can deliver maintenance savings across a product's lifetime.