“Digital bikes” and “bikes as vehicles” are some of the trends that are of great importance in today’s bicycle world, with electrification also introducing new application potentials for bikes used in everyday life. This changes the demands of the components installed on the bike: impact and shock loads are exerted on the bearings used in the components while riding mountain bikes across uneven ground, whereas the e-bike is designed to cover the greatest possible range with one battery charge. To ensure the bike is lightweight, has a long service life and is low maintenance, self-lubricating iglide® plain bearings should be implemented. iglide® bearings made of high-performance plastics are low in cost, more wear resistant than metallic bearings, durable in extreme environmental conditions, characterized by low friction values, and they defy shocks and bumps. Overall, iglide® plain bearings provide savings in weight, maintenance and price.
For their pedal bearings, the company Crank Brothers was looking for a solution. Resistance to dirt, a reduction in weight and a long service life were the main aspects. With our plain bearings made of the iglide JB material, the company was able to achieve an eight times longer service life and reduce the weight.
The Californian mountain bike manufacturer ibis has used plain bearings from igus in its full-suspension mountain bikes since 2013. They were first used in the original model of the Ripley trail bike and they are now also in use in the Enduro models Mojo and Ripmo.
The mountain bike manufacturer Bergamont was looking for suitable plain bearings for the bearing points of its ConTrail MGN mountain bike. This is because the bearings are subjected to heavy loads from moisture, dust and dirt.
Whether you're interested in turnkey, fully assembled solutions or looking to build your own customizable project, learn more about how igus® can assist you with a solution based on your specific application and requirements. Contact us via the form below or call us at (800) 521-2747 to discuss your project today!