Is teamwork the key to the future of bike manufacturing?

As an established supplier of ERW tubes with over ten years of experience, we are well placed to deliver the perfect products for our clients. We are an ISO 9001 registered establishment committed to maximising quality. We can manage any size order that we are given, but we are still small enough to give our customers the attention they deserve. Whatever your requirements happen to be, we will do our best to fulfil them.

During September of 2015, computer analyses concluded that the optimum steel bike would be comprised of tubing from numerous manufacturers. The result would be an exquisite level of comfort and stiffness.

The vast majority of frames are built utilising tubes of matching grades from the same manufacturer. However, software, which examines the aspects of over 500 tubing combinations from various suppliers, recommends that obtaining the perfect meld of ride and feel requires that more in terms of mix and matching.

Professors from the University of Brighton used computer-aided design and finite element software to survey virtual bicycle frames. It only took the computer minutes to compare hundreds of unique combinations of standard tubes from different manufacturers. The computer figured out which seat, top and down tubes, and which chainstays and seatstays would offer the greatest balance between vertical compliance and lateral stiffness for road bicycles.

These findings were a part of developing research into better understanding the behaviour of steel frames. Much uncertainty pertaining to bike frame performance exists and the team wanted to aid the industry in properly approaching it. To do so, they had to be able to quantify and assess characteristics.

At Union Steel Tubes our service is a versatile one, providing over 200 sizes of ERW tubes for our clients. On top of this, if you can’t find the size you are after, we can cut one so that it matches up with your specifications. If there is anything we can do to assist you, please let us know.