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Stunning new wheel!

September 10th, 2016To the top
Stunning new wheel!

New world hour record for M5!

June 28th, 2016To the top

Matthias Konig covers an astonishing 56.15 km in one hour or 34.9 miles on a special M5 bike

New world hour record for M5!
Matthias on the M5 bike during the world hour record ride
Image: DropLimits
After several test sessions Matthias improved the 2011 one-hour record to a staggering 56,150 kilometres. His successful attempt in Buttgen was performed on the specially build M5 MOEKOKKEN recumbent, an ultra reclined Carbon Low Racer. This bike was build in a rush by Bram in 2011, because by then time was pressing already, Bram being 55 years old. In October 2011 a first attempt was done in Apeldoorn, but it didn't take long to realise that the special position on the bike took more time to adjust than the mere four weeks prior.

Last year Matthias Konig contacted M5 with the question if he could borrow the bike for a record attempt, a request which was granted happily.

The most amazing aspect of this record is the extremely low energy requirement of this bike, just above 300 Watt! For comparison: twee weeks ago I was present at wheel tests at a velodrome and an Olympic racing cyclist had to generate 360 Watt on a time trial bike just to get to 46 km/h. Matthias is capable to produce 350 to 360 Watt during an hour, provided he's adapted enough. So, there's more to come!

Gold medal for Jetze Plat during EC in Oostende, Belgium

May 21st, 2016To the top

Italian ex Formula 1 driver Zanardi now defeated for the first time since 2011

Gold medal for Jetze Plat during EC in Oostende, Belgium
Image: Tom Skulander
It was the ultimate challenge for Jetze: beating Zanardi, highly admired by Jetze and his fellow athletes. Last year Jetze rode minutes behind him and others during time trials. Now Jetze took the lead and was racing alone in front! The speed difference with last year is around 3 to 4 kilometres. On the one hand this is the result of the much lower weight (reduced by 4.5 kg), but especially by the fact that I have minimized the dimensions of the frame, making it as tight as possible, constructing the frame tubes close around him. The enormous aluminium tray on his previous aluminium bike was realy a wind catcher. On the new carbon M5 Handbike there's no tray at all saving surface area and reducing a lot of turbulence.
Lastly, some nice gimmicks were added, like special carbon aerocranks. After all, these are a lot longer on a handbike and exposed to the wind.
On the stretches with a little tailwind Jetze was able to keep his speed around 56 km per hour. Arm power only!
Jetze currently delivers around 290 Watt. That's pretty close to what I have left now in my legs... When riding my world record in 1994, I generated an average of 333 Watt, which has by now, 22 years later, close to my 60th birthday, dropped to approximately 300 Watt.


New M5 Carbon Handbike for Jetze Plat

May 21st, 2016To the top

One of the three projects released

New M5 Carbon Handbike for Jetze Plat
Image: Bram Moens
Back in 1994 M5 designed and produced Cr-Mo Handbikes (about 60 pieces in total).The full company name in these days was like M5 Recumbents and Handbikes. Because of stupid government regulations production and sales was no longer worthwhile and was stopped for this reason. Truly a bit disappointing since this product did have potential.

Last September sports physician Paul Grandjean called me with the question, more a request actually, if I could support Jetze with a really fast and light handcycle (a three-wheeler). For a carbon race handcycle build from scratch you can not just start out of the blue... But nevertheless the first test runs were already made between Christmas and New Year and after several sessions of finetuning his first training sessions and competitions are held, and not without success... Recently Jetze won a 12 km time trial with a lot of sharp turns and an average of more than 41 km/h! Three kilometres faster than his nearest competitor...

Tomorrow is an important European Championship qualifying tournament in Ostend with the handcycle in which ex Formula 1 driver Zanardi will participate as well. And he is the man to beat there. Now that Jetze has the same quality of material, he should be able to come close to the current world's fastest.

Learn more about super athlete Jetze Plat? >>


Coming up soon!

May 18th, 2016To the top

Three major M5 projects shown soon.

Coming up soon!Last year and a half we were very busy here at M5 developing new products, but for various reasons it was impossible to show these due to embargo's. Sometimes quite difficult but now they will be revealed soon and in practice immediately one proved very successful. More is shown by tomorrow!
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