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Graphene-Infused Bike Tires Automatically Get Softer While Cornering For Better Grip

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Graphene, that atomic-scale super material that promises to revolutionize everything from batteries to robots, is already improving the cycling world. Vittoria’s new graphene-infused Mezcal and Morsa bike tires are lightweight, thin, grippy, and everything a cyclist wants in a tire without any tradeoffs.

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Choosing what tires to put on your bike usually depends on the conditions in which you’ll be riding. Larger tires provide better grip and durability, but add weight to a bike, while smaller tires are lighter and sleeker but wear out faster and provide minimal traction.

But by adding graphene—that wonder new material made of carbon atoms arranged in a strong honeycomb pattern—Vittoria’s new G+, or Graphene Plus, tires exhibit wonderful new properties. When riding on straightaways, the dual-layer makeup of the G+ tires allows them to remain firm for lower rolling resistance and added speed. But when a cyclist is braking or cornering, the tires get soft for added traction and grip.

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Furthermore, even though the added graphene is just a few atoms thick, almost non-existant, the Vittoria’s new tires are also far more resilient. The company won’t specify just how many miles you can get from a new set, as riding style varies from cyclist to cyclist. But it’s yet another reason to justify upgrading your current tires.

[Vittoria via Popular Science]


Contact the author at andrewL@gizmodo.com.

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So how exactly does a layer of 2-8 atoms thick of graphine change the underlying properties of the rubber that it coats? Sounds a bit fishy to me.