SABIC Innovative Plastics of Chicago, Illinois, USA, and Karbon Kinetics Ltd. have collaborated on a bicycle that uses Verton RV00CE specialty compound. KKL’s GoCycle Electric bike weighs 16.2 kg and is made more durable with Verton composite, a 60 percent long glass fiber-reinforced nylon composite to improve stiffness, impact strength and reliability. The fold-up bicycle meets all European Union (EU) and U.S. city cycle testing standards.
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Verton RV00CE was used instead of metal for many of the GoCycle’s structural components including: front fork/controller plug, Pitstopwheel hub attachments, tolerance ring and wave spring applications, and the rear shock absorber.
Richard Thorpe, the GoCycle’s designer and founder of KKL, developed the bike with city professionals and their families in mind, the company says. The GoCycle has won awards for design and innovation including the Best Complete Bicycle and Best Innovation Awards at its debut at the 21st Taipei International Cycle Show in 2008.
KKL is focusing GoCycle marketing in Europe, to be followed by the United States in approximately 12 to 18 months. Dutch tire franchise Vredestein has ordered 1,000 bikes for their customers to use while their cars are being serviced.