Allite and Weis Develop Magnesium Bike Frame
MIAMISBURG, OH—Allite Inc., a materials supplier specializing in lightweight products, has partnered with Weis Manufacturing to codevelop the first racing bicycle frame made entirely from the magnesium. The Brooklyn, NY-based bike manufacturer will use Allite’s Super Magnesium tubes to create a lighter version of its popular Weis Hammer Track bike.
“Weighing 30 percent less than aluminum, while also being stiffer and stronger, pound for pound, Super Magnesium is the lightest of all structural materials,” claims Morten Kristiansen, vice president of products and marketing at Allite. “The revolutionary new alloy, which has been utilized in classified defense and aerospace applications, can also be leveraged in a variety of applications, products and components within the cycling industry and beyond.
“In certain applications, it is just as strong and effective as carbon fiber at a much more affordable cost,” adds Kristiansen. “Magnesium is the most eco-friendly and sustainable metal in the world, as it is 100 percent recyclable and has widespread natural occurrence with unlimited reserves.
“After connecting with several independent bicycle manufacturers following the launch of Super Magnesium in 2018, it became clear that Weis was the ideal partner for this collaboration,” notes Kristiansen. “Weis’ minimalistic brand aesthetics blend well with ours, and the Hammer Track’s frame design, and purpose, is perfectly suited for an experimental frame using our premium alloy.”
“Once our team learned about Super Magnesium, we became fascinated with the idea of creating our own unique frame using the new material,” adds Cole Bennett, owner of Weis Manufacturing. “We’re continuously innovating and looking for ways to optimize riding performance, and working with this new alloy is a testament to that.”