Originally Posted by Nivek
Fine, I'm an engineer, and I know bikes. You want Now's to cost $2200? K, then he can make them out of carbon. There are significantly different stresses going on in a snowboard binding than in a car or bike. Not to mention they have a lot more material to disperse the stresses over. You wanna talk small parts? The cheapest carbon track crank worth anything for stiffness is the FSA Carbon Pro at about $350, which is outperformed by Durace and even Omniums. The Campy CX Carbon Groupo is over $1k, and I'd still prefer to just throw Durace or Ultegra on my whip. A decent set of brake levers will cost you at least $150 if you want carbon.
So, tell me again how much better a carbon fiber NOW would be?
And lastly, if this was a viable construction don't you think Burton would be doing it if the cost was below $700? They aren't, cause you can't.
Congratulations on being an engineer. That doesn't mean you build airplanes, cars or satellites using CF nor does it mean you know shot about it. I addition my previous posts we talking about how CF can be used in snowboard bindings, and how the cold does not effect it etc Eric. Not sure what the point of your post is.
As far as cost, and especially in the sport if biking I'm afraid that sport is a bit d a victim of marketing. Yes, carbon fiber is expensive, but its not out of reach. Also why are you saying burton doesn't use carbon fiber in their bindings!? Diodes?
I have plenty of carbon finer parts in my car, and I can assure you it performs at conditions far beyond anything a binding would need. I have talked with the actual guys that design Porsche, and I know exactly why CF is used.
It can be used in bindings, it is used in bindings, and while the cost goes up its nt out of reach.