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Extremely lightweight and super rigid: the M5 Carbon High Racer

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Designed for everyday use, but also world hour recordholder and official World Champion 2013 with Stijn v.d. Maele!

Extremely lightweight and super rigid: the M5 Carbon High RacerThe M5 Carbon High Racer is the lightest and stiffest production bike on earth! More rigid than any comparable carbon or aluminium bike.

Designing a high tech bike

The "full monocoque" Carbon High Racer is the result of a unique combination of knowledge and experience which is not to be found at any other recumbent manufacturer anywhere in the world. Now 30 years of design and building experience has culminated in this product. Add the personal racing and record experience of M5 founder Bram Moens and a new norm is born.

The M5 "Carbon High Racer" vouches for:

  • Comfort and ergonomics
  • Light running large racing wheels, low friction propulsion
  • Minimal seat height (48 cm / 19 inch) in combination with maximal overview in everyday traffic.
  • Stiffest frame combined with lowest weight, by using "Finite Element Method" (FEM). Also unique in the world of recumbents.
  • Preservation of comfort because of the large wheel diameter and long wheel base (138 cm / 54 inch).
  • Shortest possible stem lengths as the result of well considered geometry. We don't use 40 to 50 cm (16 to 20 inch) long stems, but short stems of just 17 to 23 cm (7 to 9 inch) length, thus making folding stems redundant. Short stem length means also: less flex and less weight.
Finite Element Method

Our M5 Carbon High Racer has been submitted to the lengthy FEM (Finite Element Method) to determine in which direction the carbon fibres should be orientated and which wall thickness should be applied to obtain the most ideal weight / stiffness ratio. Also see the last of the small pictures. During production the carbon fabric packages of the monocoque frames and the mono front forks are 'inflated' inside a mold made of hardened steel and 'baked' at a temperature of 190 degrees Celsius / 374 Fahrenheit. The laminate design and optimization for the High Racer was a collaboration between Bram Moens and Wout Ruijter of the
University of Nottingham.

We decided deliberately for a bit more rugged frame, to obtain the lightest and stiffest result, combined with the smallest possible diameter. Additional advantage is that the telescopic tube always has the right position and unwanted rotation from the exact symmetry is no longer possible.

On the right side of the ball-bearing tube an aluminium M5 insert is fitted which enables the chain to be guided above the front wheel. This provides unobstructed steering, which is essential during cornering and steep ascends. It's also possible to choose a direct returning chainline when riding in flat terrain, saving a bit of friction and a chain guider.
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Carbon High Racer with M5 selected parts: € 3,078.51
(EU citizens: € 3,725.00, incl. 21% VAT) [in shoppingcart]

Carbon High Racer with Shimano Ultegra: € 3,285.12
(EU citizens: € 3,975.00, incl. 21% VAT) [in shoppingcart]

Carbon High Racer with Shimano Dura Ace: € 3,801.65
(EU citizens: € 4,600.00, incl. 21% VAT) [in shoppingcart]

 

Technical details

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  • Seat height: 48 cm with two 28" wheels, 46 cm with 26" front wheel/28"rear wheel
  • Bracket height: 74 cm / 26 inch
  • Seat angle: from 18 to 23 degrees, 3 types of carbon seat supports available
  • Wheel base: 134 cm
  • Weight: from 7,8 kg
  • Frame, front fork, stem: Carbon U.D. frame/Carbon U.D front fork, light weight aluminium handle bar and stem.
  • Stem angle: available in 4 different angles: 120/127/134/145 degrees
  • Handle bar: ultra light Alu 7075-T6, 45 grammes.
  • Wheels: front wheel 26" (ETRTO 571) or 28" (ETRTO 622), rear wheel 28" (ETRTO 622)
  • Minimal inner leg length when using a 26 inch front wheel: allready at +/- 80 cm!! / 31,5 inch!!
  • Minimal inner leg length when using a 28 inch front wheel: +/- 86 cm / 34 inch
  • When choosing a 26 inch front wheel: mono carbon front fork of 380 grammes / 13.4 oz or double carbon fork
  • When choosing a 28 inch front wheel: double carbon front fork for side pull or for disc possible (March 2014)
  • Use of parts: customers choice
  • The black anodized right dropout for the rear wheel is made from Alu 7075-T6 too. It's interchangeable and available in two different lengths, to utilize a cassette for flat terrain or for mountainous circumstances.
  • On the carbon telescopic bracket a carbon attachment for lighting is provided.
  • Super safe male/female alu joints for bracket housing and chain guider.
  • 3 M5 inserts for mounting a carbon rear fender!
  • Finish: Carbon U.D. with M5 12 D carbon top coating or full 3K . Frame according to FEM method
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