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Mission accomplished - 50,392 km in one hour!

October 12th, 2008To the top

October 24 2008: Gert Jan Wijers rides a new world record

Mission accomplished - 50,392 km in one hour!Large picture: Gert Jan doing his warming up

Small pictures, left to right:

1. The record bike is waiting for action. Impressive detail: this bike has a front wheel that has been designed and manufactured by M5 over 20 years ago. Still doing service!
2. The smooth, new and shielded 250 metre bike track in Alkmaar (Netherlands)
3. Track inspection
4. Gert Jan and family after the record is set
5. Gert Jan Wijers: the new world record keeper
6. Gert Jan with proud daughters
7. The oldest just a bit too short
8. Youth has the future!

What took place before - the test ride of October 10

13.00 hours. Gert Jan Wijers mounts his M5 Carbon High Racer and clicks into his pedals. He rides his first rounds on the track of Alkmaar (Netherlands). In two weeks it's going to take place: his attempt to break the world hour record unfaired which is currently 47,8 km.
A bit surprised we watch his round times: 17,2, 17,1. Has he lost his mind? Nope, Gert Jan didn't loose his mind, in stead he races with the steadiness of a metronome: 51 km/h round after round!

After 45 minutes Gert Jan stops. The average speed is then more than 50 km/hour.

"Yes", he says, "that last quarter of an hour should be okay too". Well, that has proved to be a correct assumption!


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Mission accomplished - 50,392 km in one hour!Mission accomplished - 50,392 km in one hour!Mission accomplished - 50,392 km in one hour!Mission accomplished - 50,392 km in one hour!Mission accomplished - 50,392 km in one hour!Mission accomplished - 50,392 km in one hour!Mission accomplished - 50,392 km in one hour!Mission accomplished - 50,392 km in one hour!
 

We almost forgot, but... M5 Recumbents celebrates its 25th anniversary at the end of this year!

August 5th, 2008To the top

Twenty-five years of development and production and a lot of (world) records!

We almost forgot, but... M5 Recumbents celebrates its 25th anniversary at the end of this year!Knowledge of materials, geometry, aerodynamics and ergonomics has been collected in the years since 1983. In the very first years M5 developed the notorious 28/20 and 28/26, which became swiftly an absolute norm in the early recumbent scene. These same bicycles can still be encountered on the road, but since then the assortment has been expanding significantly. Not only in terms of model types, but also in materials. In the early years M5 was already unique in using chrome molybdenum alloy as frame material. In the years that followed titanium and carbon were integrated increasingly in the designs.
Apart from (and thanks to) the ongoing insistence to innovate, numerous national, European en world records have been set with both recumbents and handbikes. The truly unique of this situation is that the design, the construction and the records themselves were usually done by one person (Bram Moens)! Through the years an increasing number of other people established records on M5 Recumbents as well. A remarkable facts is that all these records have been set while riding perfectly normal production bikes! Still available for everyone!
The design and construction of the record fairings was always in coorporation with rowingbike builder Derk Thijs from Middelburg. Derk had more experience with working with plastics and fibers, while Bram was more familiair with light weight steel products. Combining both skills let to a successful collaboration and nowadays they're both highly experienced with these different routines.
Because of the ongoing search for other, better solutions and materials M5 still belongs to the top of recumbent manufacturers in the world. Important aspect is integrating existing first-rate technologies in the recumbent and component range, like the extremely light weight carbon and aluminium parts.

The future? Continue the development! Were innovation will lead to is hard to tell. Who would have suspected ten years ago that M5 would be developing and producing the lightest bike components in the world? But now the M5 lightweight components are applied on a wide range of high end bicycles, like racing and MTB bikes and recumbents.
 

M5 logo on high rims

July 29th, 2008To the top
M5 logo on high rimsSoon on our high rims: a transfer of the M5 logo. The silver logo is made from retro reflective material.
M5 logo on high rimsM5 logo on high rims
 

Full-carbon MTB rims by M5 now available!

July 26th, 2008To the top

Special design for use in combination with dics brakes

Full-carbon MTB rims by M5 now available!We have optimized our full-carbon MTB rims to get the best possible result: a solid, reliable rim. The rim is composed of 80% U.D. fiber and 20% 3 K fabric. The 3 K is situated around the spoke holes, to support the nipples and in the rim bed area, to withstand the forces of the tyres.

Technical data

  • width: 26 mm
  • height: 38 mm
  • weight: 419 gram
  • spoke holes: 32
Full-carbon MTB rims by M5 now available!Full-carbon MTB rims by M5 now available!Full-carbon MTB rims by M5 now available!Full-carbon MTB rims by M5 now available!Full-carbon MTB rims by M5 now available!Full-carbon MTB rims by M5 now available!

Full-carbon MTB rim, suitable for disc brake: € 243.80
(EU citizens: € 295.00, incl. 21% VAT) [in shoppingcart]

 

Set of wheels with spectacular low weight at M5

July 9th, 2008To the top

The lightest hubs, lightweight spokes and carbon rims

Set of wheels with spectacular low weight at M5We took our own M5 super lightweight hubs with cemaric bearings, combined them with Sapim CX Ray spokes and Carbon/Boron LEW rims. Result: a super lightweight set of wheels!

  • Front wheel: 349 grammes
  • Rear wheel: 519 grammes
  • Set of wheels: 868 grammes


With near to 50 mm high rims and replaceable spokes and also lighter than full carbon wheels.

During the introduction of these ultimate wheels, ready for the steepest ascends, the set can be ordered for 1995 euro (including VAT)
Set of wheels with spectacular low weight at M5Set of wheels with spectacular low weight at M5

Lightweight set of wheels: € 1,648.76
(EU citizens: € 1,995.00, incl. 21% VAT) [in shoppingcart]

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