What is Carbon Fiber?
Carbon fiber is an extremely strong material composed mostly of carbon atoms in the form of a fabric. These carbon atoms bond together in a microscopic crystalline structure, which contributes to its strength. This fabric is made up of 1000’s of very thin fibers (less than a human hair) that are twisted together to form a yarn. This yarn is then woven together to produce carbon fiber.
Why Carbon Fiber?
Simple! The properties of carbon fiber, such as high stiffness, rigidity, high tensile strength, low weight, corrosion resistance, fatigue resistance, and sexiness make them ideal for longboarding.
High Strength to weight ratio: Any material that is strong AND light has a favorable Strength/weight ratio. The following figures are offered for comparison only in units of kN.m/kg:
*Note: Oak is considered to be strong in the wood family
Rigidity: Reinforced Carbon fiber is over 4 times stiffer than Glass reinforced plastic, almost 20 times more than pine, 2.5 times greater than aluminum.
Fatigue Resistance: The alignment and weave of the carbon fiber fabric is carefully chosen to optimize the strength and stiffness properties.
What we use:
Hi5ber takes pride in the highest quality materials we can find. Working with a high grade carbon fiber, also found in aerospace technologies, we impregnate the fabric with a liquid ceramic polymer. Once embedded with the reinforced polymers, the wet fabric is then placed under extreme vacuum conditions for its 8 hour curing time. After the 8 hours, the hardened composite receives yet another round of epoxy to achieve maximum strengthening.
Previously, our noseguards were fabricated out of a very strong Nylon polymer. We obtained this material in large sized sheets which then had to be cut into individual rectangles. After cutting with a table saw, the exterior tips of the noseguards were then manually tapered with a sander to smoothly transition into the routered edge of our foamcore. Clearly, this step in manufacturing our longboards is very tedious and limited our production volume.
The solution we came up with not only speeds up manufacturing but also makes our decks lighter, stronger, and enables a smoother ride. Instead of an integrated noseguard, which protects only 2.5”, we switched over to an exterior noseguard that is tougher, lighter, replaceable, and can protect as much of an edge as you desire. Our new noseguards can be easily added on and taken off.