AXALKO WOODEN BICYCLE TECHNOLOGY
Wood is an organic material, a natural composite of cellulose fibres (which are strong in tension) embedded in a matrix of lignin which resists compression.
− THE LIGNIN makes the cell walls rigid with a compressive strength of 2,400 kg/cm2 higher than the concrete.
− CELLULOSE fibres held together by a lignin binder, with tensile strength of 10,000 kg/cm2, that's superior to steel.These two elements provide a magnificent weight and strength ratio, new materials (composites, epoxy, fibres) appear on the market trying to copy the technology we have already found in nature.
As in the design of any complex structure, the Axalko frame has forced us to undertake an intensive study of the different forces the frame works against while cycling.
Our patented process
We study customer features (height and weight) to define frame's weight.
This is a fundamental task to select the planks to use by checking the wood knots that we reject and select those planks where wood grain is as straight as possible.
Depending where they are used wooden sheets must be cut in thicknesses from 0.5 to 2.5 mm.
This is the most delicate task, and where the Axalko team's experience is critical to the successful completion of the monocoque with the wood sheets.
The use of different plant fibers properly oriented and combined to achieve greater strength at each point depending on the efforts supported has enabled the development of Makilla.