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The Vikingtour, 600 kilometres, 6 days, 8 fjords, 9 tough ascents

July 17th, 2006To the top
The Vikingtour, 600 kilometres, 6 days, 8 fjords, 9 tough ascentsAnd Bram Moens is going to ride it!

The Vikingtour is a hard challenge, but Bram Moens is determined and starts July 23 on a hard, but also beautiful tour through Norway.
The Vikingtour typifies by long and steep decends. During the survey of the route, Bram only did 6 km/h of the steepest slopes, up to 18%! Bram uses both the superlight M5 Carbon Low Racer and Carbon High Racer, depending on the type of terrain he encounters from day to day.

On the rare intervals when circumstances allow less strains, the beautiful landscapes of Norway can be enjoyed.
A full report of the tour will be put on this site shortly. For general info please visit the site of the Vikingtour itself.

www.vikingtour.no >>

 

Bordeaux-Paris

June 11th, 2006To the top
Bordeaux-ParisVincent Debleds (M5 Low Racer) and Christian Vergnaud (M5 Tica) did cover the 636 kilometres from Bordeaux to Parijs in 19 hours and 16 minutes, taking the first en second place among the participating recumbents.
 

Light as a feather and super stiff: de new M5 Carbon High Racer

May 10th, 2006To the top
Light as a feather and super stiff: de new M5 Carbon High RacerAfter half a year of preperation the new M5 Carbon High Racer has been presented on the annual event Cycle Vision. It's the lightest and stiffest production bike on earth! Stiffer than any comparable aluminum bike.

Good designs don't show up effortless...

Surely not when it's concerning a technical and complicated design like the latest from M5: the "full monocoque" Carbon High Racer. This high tech machine is the result of a unique combination of knowledge and experience which is not to be found at any other recumbent manufacturer anywhere in the world. 23 years of design and building experience has been culminated in this new product. Add the personal racing and record experience of M5 founder Bram Moens and a new norm is born.

The M5 "Carbon High Racer" vouches for:

  • Comfort and ergonomics
  • Light running large racing wheels, low friction propulsion
  • Minimal seat height (48 cm / 19 inch) in combination with maximal overview in everyday traffic.
  • Stiffest frame combined with lowest weight, by using "Finit Element Method" (FEM). Again this is unique in the world of recumbents.
  • Preservation of comfort because of the large wheel diameter and long wheel base (138 cm / 54 inch).
  • Shortest possible stem lenghts as the result of well considered geometry. We don't use 40 to 50 cm (16 to 20 inch) long stems, but short stems of just 17 to 23 cm (7 to 9 inch) length, thus making folding stems redundant. Short stem lenght means also: less flex and less weight.
Finite Element Method

Our M5 Carbon High Racer has been submitted to the lengthy FEM (Finit Element Method) to determine in which direction the carbon fibers should be orientated and which wall thickness should be applied to obtain the most ideal weight / stiffness ratio. Also see the last of the small pictures. During production the carbon fabric packages of the monocoque frames and the mono front forks are 'inflated' inside a mold made of hardened steel and 'baked' at a temperature of 190 degrees Celsius / 374 Fahrenheit. The laminate design and optimization for the High Racer was a collaboration between Bram Moens and Wout Ruijter of the
University of Nottingham.

Further technical details

  • Weight: starting from 7,5 kg / 16.62 lbs
  • Bracket height: 74 cm / 26 inch
  • Use of parts: customers choice
  • New feature is the ultra light Alu 7075-T6 handle bar of just 45 grammes. This is possible because the handle bars don't have to endure the heavy load which is normal on the handle bars of conventional bikes.
  • Customers have a choice of three different stem angles.
  • The seat angle can be altered by means of four different carbon seat supports, varying from 17 to 28 degrees.
  • The black anodised right dropout for the rear wheel is made from Alu 7075-T6 too. It's interchangable and available in two different lenghts, to utilize a cassette for flat terrain or for mountainous circumstances.
  • Not visible on the pictures are the super safe male/female alu joints for bracket housing and chain guider.
  • On the carbon telescopic bracket a carbon attachment for lighting is provided.
  • Also on this racer: three M5 inserts for mounting a carbon rear fender!
  • We decided deliberately for a bit more rugged frame, to obtain the lightest and stiffest result, combined with the smallest possible diameter. Additional advantage is that the telescopic tube always has the right position and unwanted rotation from the exact symmetry is no longer possible.
  • On the right side of the ball bearing tube an aluminum M5 insert is fitted which enables the chain to be guided above the front wheel. This provides unobstructed steering, which is essential during meandering and steep ascends. Naturally it's possible to choose a direct returning chainline when riding in flat terrain, saving a bit of friction and a chain guider.
  • Minimal inner leg length when using a 26 inch front wheel: 84 cm / 33 inch
  • Minimal inner leg length when using a 28 inch front wheel: 89 cm / 35 inch
  • When choosing a 26 inch front wheel: mono carbon front fork of 380 grammes / 13.4 oz
  • When choosing a 28 inch front wheel: double carbon front fork
Subscribing on Carbon High Racer

The Carbon High Racer is available from january 2007. Based on Shimano 105 parts, the bike will cost around 2937 euro (ex VAT). If you're interested to obtain a Carbon High Racer too, it's possible to subcribe for one by sending us an e-mail.
Light as a feather and super stiff: de new M5 Carbon High RacerLight as a feather and super stiff: de new M5 Carbon High RacerLight as a feather and super stiff: de new M5 Carbon High RacerLight as a feather and super stiff: de new M5 Carbon High RacerLight as a feather and super stiff: de new M5 Carbon High RacerLight as a feather and super stiff: de new M5 Carbon High RacerLight as a feather and super stiff: de new M5 Carbon High RacerLight as a feather and super stiff: de new M5 Carbon High Racer
 

Ibiliet cushion with M5 logo

May 6th, 2006To the top
Ibiliet cushion with M5 logoThe light weigth ibiliet M5 cushion now has the M5 logo printed on it.

Technical details

  • Cushion has a EV50 top layer and a EV30 layer under it.
  • Weight: 90 grammes.
  • Available in two sizes
 

Posh Bikes uses gold coated version light weight M5 brake

April 14th, 2006To the top
Posh Bikes uses gold coated version light weight M5 brakeThis Bling-Bling bike is equipped with the light weight brakes from M5, coated with gold! The bike is not only to show off, but will actually be used in races.

At the bottom of the linked page also some nice carbon accessories for the toilet!

www.londoncyclesport.com/weakat/posh.html# >>

Posh Bikes uses gold coated version light weight M5 brakePosh Bikes uses gold coated version light weight M5 brake
 

Focussing on detail: spring guide for M5 sidepull brake

February 19th, 2006To the top
Focussing on detail: spring guide for M5 sidepull brakeThis new spring guide for our M5 sidepull brake is one of the smallest and lightest parts we produce at M5 Recumbents. Since this new version works so much better than the previous version, we surely want to share it with you!

M5 considers it a challenge to optimaize all parts, even the smallest!
 

First images of "M"-Racer

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More to be shown tomorrow

Some data:


A staggering compact bike of only 125 cm ( 49 ") wheelbase yet with LARGE wheels (26/26, 26/28 or even 28/28!)
Seat height only 39 cm (appr. 15 ")
Weight as shown: 12.4 kg ( 27,5 pound)
 

MINIMAL BIKE winner of German Bicycle Brand Contest 2017!

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A few months ago the MINIMAL BIKE already received the Dutch Bike Innovation Award 2017.

Now it also won the first price in the prestigious 2017 German Bicycle Brand Contest!
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