When we started SwiftCarbon, we knew that we had to bring something new to a mature and competitive market. There are plenty of companies making carbon fibre bikes – we had to stand out. To do that, we created a project team based on expertise, talent and resourcefulness, regardless of physical location. Our headquarters are in Asia, close to our production facilities, but our key design and engineering people are in Europe.
Our unique design and engineering collaboration includes an East German rocket scientist, physicist, mechanical engineer and composite material specialist – and yes, they’re all the same person. And we have a designer with a passion for cycling and a background designing products used by the international pro peloton in the Grand Tours. This is a very special blend of talent.
From the start, we’ve been driven by pride in our work and a desire to make the best bikes we possibly can. We’re a business, sure, but we firmly believe that the product comes first – make a good product and people will buy it. Every SwiftCarbon product is the result of a process that starts with an idea, becomes a sketch, develops into a drawing, matures into a computer model and finally emerges as a piece of high-performance, ready to race equipment. We’re there from start to finish.
At SwiftCarbon, transparency and honesty is important. We want our customers to know what it is they’re buying rather than throw buzzwords and jargon around. Carbon fibre is an excellent material to make bikes out of, but also a challenging one. We’ve tapped into the appropriate expertise in both design and manufacturing to make the best carbon bikes we can.
The material we call “carbon fibre” is actually a composite of different types of woven carbon filaments held together by a resin. The different filament types are known as Ultra High Modulus (UHM), High Modulus (HM) and Intermediate Modulus (IM) fibres. In this context, “modulus” essentially means “stiffness”, so we can use different types of fibre at different places in the frame to give the ride characteristics we want. Those characteristics are also affected by factors like tube shape, diameter and wall thickness.
We also want to use enough material to make frames strong enough to last, but little enough to keep them light. And we want consistency between frames so that we – and, more importantly, you – can be sure that each frame out of the mould is the same weight and has the same ride qualities as the next.