By now, you know that the carbon fiber used in rims from Revel, Evil, Chris King, and most recently FORGE+BOND is recyclable. And maybe you know that the first product being made from that recycled material is tire levers. What you probably don’t know is that a pair of those tire levers cost $50. When you consider they’re made in a U.S. factory built to churn out $2,500 wheelsets, that’s almost reasonable. But Travis Engel wanted to see how they stacked up against his go-to levers from Pedro’s, a pair of which only cost $5.50.
Schwalbe is Recycling Bicycle Tires in Germany
Schwalbe is the world’s first and (so far) only manufacturer that not only takes back used tires but also uses them to produce new tires. Back in 2022 at Eurobike, the German tire brand announced the “Schwalbe Recycling Program,” an initiative to collect used tires, recycle them, and manufacture new tires with recycled material. This program, which won Eurobike’s “Innovators Prize,” is underway and scaling rapidly, as Schwalbe has received an initial shipment of recycled carbon black (rCB) to begin making the first batch of recycled tires. We thought this sounded exciting, so reached out to Felix Jahn, Schwalbe’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, to learn more about the recycling program and where it’s headed.
MAAP’s Bluesign and Oeko Tex Recycled Yarn Jerseys
Currently, the majority of MAAP’s printed fabrics releasing from 2020 on, utilizes Green Soul technology combining the use of 100% sustainable recycled fibers with the most environmentally friendly dyeing and finishing processes with no compromise on the performance of the fabrics.
These fabrics contain a range of fibers, with combinations of 100% post-consumer polyester and up to 65% pre-consumer sustainable premium elastane recycled from industrial waste.
MAAP announced their first two recycled yarn jerseys, the Men’s Vortex and the Women’s Flare.
See the whole story at MAAP.
FiveTen Announces New Footwear Made from Recycled Parley Ocean Plastic
Jumping onto the movement in the outdoor industry to use recycled ocean plastic in apparel, FiveTen just announced their new footwear lineup made from recycled Parley Ocean Plastic with an impressive 50% of the upper being made from textile of which 75% is Primeblue yarn. Both the Freerider and Freerider Pro shoe models for men and women are made from this innovative material. See more at FiveTen.
Revel Bikes’ Fusion-Fiber Recyclable Wheels!
CSS Composites has been working on new recyclable carbon technology dubbed Fusion-Fiber for some time now and have partnered with Revel Bikes to produce their new US-made wheels! What differentiates these wheels from other offerings is that the material is 100% recyclable. Not 1%, not 10%, 100%! This is huge when you consider how much carbon material is thrown away!
This technology inspired Revel to produce their first-ever rim, the RW30.
Revel has rims and wheels available now in 27.5 and 29”. The RW30 is an enduro/trail-rated rim. The 27.5 rim weighs 440 grams and the 29er weighs 470 grams. Of course, Revel worked with their good friends at Industry Nine, and all complete Revel wheels will be built with their hubs. Wheels are available with 1/1 or Hydra hubs and Sapim D-light spokes.
Rims retail for $700 each, 1/1 complete wheels are $1975 and Hydra complete wheels are $2200.