The bicycle market is expanding worldwide as consumers seek ways of beating traffic congestion and enjoying healthier leisure pursuits.
Consumers are looking for bikes that are cost-effective, attractive and feature-rich.
People want bikes that offer a smooth and comfortable ride, and are looking for manufacturers to balance comfort with cost.
A key issue for consumers when it comes to bikes is safety, as they want to know they and their families will stay safe when sharing the road with automobiles.
Safety is also very important for mountain bikers who need to trust their bike to perform on extreme off-road trails.
At Saint-Gobain we are helping manufacturers meet the needs of this changing marketplace by collaborating on their specific requirements.
Manufacturers are fine-tuning the 'small parts' of their bicycles, the smaller components that make a big difference to quality and performance. They are offering different materials that deliver good value and create a better riding experience.
NORGLIDE® Bearings present opportunities for value and efficiencies across the bike. The layer of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) used in these bearings can be optimized by fillers to minimize stick-slip making a bike more responsive and safer too. The metal backing can selected from different materials or protected by different coatings to avoid contact corrosion.
Noise Free components make for a squeak-free, quiet ride, while Smart Design means that less material is needed to build a bike, reducing cost and overall weight – an essential requirement in high-quality competition bikes. Long Life means components operate at optimum efficiency again and again with no degradation in performance.
Saint-Gobain NORGLIDE® Bearings are used in bicycle components -- headsets, brake levers, forks, pedals, front and rear derailleurs, brake cantilever and rear suspensions.
NORGLIDE® Bearing washers are used in Headsets and provide a lightweight, low friction replacement to sealed rolling element bearings.
A NORGLIDE® Bearing is used in Brake Levers to provide a low friction, low clearance upgrade for your lever pivots.
NORGLIDE® Bearings are used in the Bike's Fork to provide a low friction, low "stick slip" solution in front suspensions. NORGLIDE® features aluminum backing for lightweight and mates well with aluminum and or magnesium castings.
The bike's Pedals utilize NORGLIDE® Bearings to provide a lightweight, low friction replacement for axle-shaft rolling element bearings and plastic bushings.
NORGLIDE® Bearings offer a low friction, lightweight solution with excellent corrosion resistance in Front Derailleur pivots.
The NORGLIDE® Bearings are used to replace plain and plastic bearings in the Rear Derailleur. NORGLIDE® Bearings provide a lightweight low friction, corrosion resistant solution in derailleur applications.
NORGLIDE® Bearings provide a low friction, lightweight, corrosion resistant solution in your Brake Pivots. Utilize a low friction cylinder, flange or washer with an interference fit for the perfect feel.