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This gorgeous 5 minute film of a Time carbon frame being made will start your week off right

From carbon filaments to finished frame, this video from French bike maker Time has an ASMR-like quality

Matthew Loveridge
13 Dec 2021

While most of us have a vague idea of what goes into making a carbon frame, the finer details are often quite mysterious. 

This lovely little film from French bike maker Time lifts the lid on the brand's manufacturing process, and it really is a pleasant watch, well worth five minutes of your time. 

The way Time goes about its manufacturing is a little different to much of the competition. 

Many manufacturers lay up their frames in moulds using sheets of 'pre-preg' carbon, i.e. woven pieces that are impregnated with resin before the lay-up stage.

Time uses a different approach, and the video begins with the moment wax forms emerge from their moulds ready to have carbon wrapped around them to form the tubes of a frame.

Next, individual carbon strands are woven into 'socks' Time calls Braided Carbon Structures, and these are fitted over the forms. 

The wrapping process is wonderfully manual, with skilled workers carefully applying different sections of carbon to the complex shapes using a variety of different techniques.

The complete assembly is then placed back in a mould into which resin is forced under high pressure. 

Time calls this process Resin Transfer Moulding, and it's said to eliminate voids that can occur between different layers of carbon using the more common pre-preg lay-up method.

Once the shapes are formed, the wax forms are melted to remove them from inside the tubes, and the wax is recovered so it can be reused. 

The components are then assembled to make a complete frame, and it's time for various final finishing, paint and decals. 

There are many ways to make a bicycle and this is just one of them, but you can't help admiring the sheer craft that goes into this. 

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