Tube hydroforming is continuing to be the lead manufacturer in parts for the automobile and bicycling industry, and it appears as if newly designed models for the 2015 line won’t be any different.
Because sheet and tube hydroformed parts are tensile, durable, and easy to produce, they have become a mainstay component in from everything in the automobile industry from the chassis, to headliners, to headlights, and more.
But more surprisingly, in the last few years, the bicycling industry has realized the potential for tube hydroformed frames because of their light-weight, all-in-one design that makes them perfect for all frame types, riding events, and cyclists.
So it is no wonder that when a car manufacturer like BMW realizes the potential in quality design and technique that they get in on the bicycle game. Which, according to their blog, is an entire line of bikes featuring hydroformed frames, in what they refer to as “clear-cut design meets pioneering technology.”
BMW is set to launch its latest generation of bikes in spring 2014. Like all vehicles produced by the BMW Group, the 2014 bicycle collection meets top standards in quality and design.
Featuring what BMW calls the “bull neck,” a one-of-a-kind frame design that would have never been possible before hydroforming because of excess weight from such a large form that would have burdened the bike and the rider.
As well as a “hydroformed frame [that] is robust and light, guaranteeing optimal efficiency by ensuring maximum power transfer with minimum effort,” that would not have been possible without hydroforming.
Hydroforming is leading the charge once again, and it’s only a matter of time that hydroformed parts begin to find homes in other industries that are looking for a cost-effective and waste-reductive process that yields quality parts that outlast many of its competitors. The future is bright for pioneers.
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