MONOTRACE - Second prototype - XXL Trail bike - homemade 12

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Frame: Other Numéro 2. Misc.: Second homemade prototype
Rear Shock: Cane Creek DB Air IL. Misc.: 190x45
Fork: Cane Creek Helm Air 29
Headset: Hope ZS44/EC49
Handlebar: Race Face Aeffect 35
Stem: Hope AM 35mm
Grips: Ergon GA2 FAT
Brakes: Hope Tech3 E4
Shifters: SRAM XX1 Eagle Gold
Rear Derailleur: SRAM XX1 Eagle Gold
Cranks: Hope Technology EVO Crank
Bottom Bracket: Hope
Chain: SRAM XX1 Eagle Gold
Cassette / Rear Cog: SRAM XX1 Eagle Gold
Pedals: Shimano M530
Front Rim: Hope Fortus 26
Rear Rim: Hope Fortus 26
Hubs: Hope Hope Pro 4
Front Tire: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO 2.3
Rear Tire: Maxxis Aggressor 2.3
Saddle: Fabric
Seatpost: BikeYoke
Seatpost Clamp: Hope
General Info
Model Year: 2019
Riding Type: Trail / All-Mountain
Weight: 33 lb 4.6 oz (15100 g)

Vital MTB member Tony2125 Tony2125 12/24/2019 4:24 AM

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Great, I was considering the same thing. I do not have a autoclave oven, so I can only utilize vacuum bagging with oven cure. PM me your results after testing if you don’t mind. I will keep you posted on mine as well.

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Thanks
Well, I used OOA Out Of Autoclave prepreg from Easycomposites and cured this in my (big) homemade oven. The front triangle is molded in one shot in a big resin mold using a bladder. There is a debulking every 3 layers made with a simple vaccum bag.

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Perfect, easycomposites was exactly what I was thinking. I haven’t built my large curing oven yet. I only have a small oven that I use for powdercoating cure that will handle parts as large as fork lowers.
I started a contract job in a Engineering and Research department where they do all of their composite and materials R&D/testing. I’m waiting for the perfect moment to ask if I can utilize their process equipment and ovens off the clock... fingers crossed. Otherwise I’m fine with building my own ovens at home. It would be really nice to make a bike frame as a side project using their processes... I mean they aren’t currently using that stuff right now haha

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