Imagine a bike made of the toughest material known to exist...
200 times stronger than steel, yet lighter than paper and with extraordinary mechanical properties that offer greater performance without added weight.
Dassi makes this vision a reality, with its new road bike frame crafted with this remarkable substance: graphene.
By combining the carbon allotrope with existing products and altering an epoxy resin originally used by the European Space Agency, Dassi has been able to create hyper-composites and harness the potential of graphene.
We can manufacture bicycles with frames that boast 70% more inter-laminar shear strength, meaning that you the rider can rely on outstanding build quality even in the most extreme conditions. And with 50% more fracture toughness, retarded crack propagation and increased carbon-to-resin adhesion all before we even think about the hyper conductivity and hydrophobic properties of graphene.
Weighing in at just 750g unpainted, with the same stiffness and strength characteristics of those standing at 950g.
Graphene was discovered in 2004 by 2 scientists at the University of Manchester who wanted to see if they could isolate a single layer of graphite. Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov won a Nobel prize for their discovery in 2010.
Graphene is the first 2D material, one of a group of new substances called hyper-materials because of their superlative properties.
One Atom Thick
Graphene is a honeycomb lattice of a single layer of carbon atoms, arranged in a honeycomb like structure. A carbon allotrope in a single planar sheet.
Current research into graphene in the UK, centred at the graphene Institute in Manchester, is focused around its use in energy, electronics, biomedical, composites and membranes.