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Our innovations have shaped the bike industry since 1991. They become the standard against which the competition must measure itself, and enablers for the further development of biking in all its facets. We can justifiably say that booming MTB disciplines such as enduro and downhill would not be where they are today without our developments.

We are proud that our revolutionary designs and material technologies have set numerous benchmarks and still define the evolutionary stages of the bike industry. Whether lightweight designs or full suspension – our engineering skills are consistently pioneering and have been underlined by numerous test victories and race successes.

Our innovative successes are based on our passion for biking, on more than 25 years of experience, our excellent worldwide network and, last but not least, our unique methodological innovation management.


COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY

  • Invention of tube-to-tube technology
    which revolutionized the carbon bicycle industry and was the starting point for the current boom in carbon-fiber bikes
  • Invention of Direct Surface Bonding (DSB)
    which is now an industry standard for bonding bottom brackets and other metal parts
  • Invention of 3D mandrel preforming – now an industry standard
  • Invention of the Internal Molding Process (IMP).
    An EPS core covered with latex or a nylon bag to be used as a mandrel.
    Now a worldwide industry standard in carbon manufacturing
  • Precured ring in fork crown at road forks. Now an industry standard.
  • Composite surfaces twill, unidirectional (UD) and UD-woven
  • First mountain carbon clincher rims which passed all testing in mass production
  • First full carbon dropouts of industry
  • First-ever mass-produced frames to use UD layers instead of woven as the surface layer

* It is safe to say that over 90% of the world’s bike frames are manufactured with one or more of our above-mentioned technologies.

LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN IN AL AND CARBON /

INDUSTRY MILESTONES

  • First-ever aluminum road race frame below one kilogram (990 g) 
  • First-ever carbon road race frame below one kilogram (880 g) 
  • First-ever MTB aluminum hardtail frame below 1.1 kilogram 
  • First-ever carbon MTB hardtail below one kilogram (980 g) 
  • First-ever full suspension below 2 kilograms (1980 g) 


* ‘First-ever’ means that the product passed the toughest test standards and went into in mass production – not just individual prototypes.

SUSPENSION KINEMATICS / CHASSIS TECHNOLOGY

  • First formula for calculating pivot height for single-pivot systems
  • Industry-leading simulation model for all suspension systems
  • Asymmetrical swing arms 
  • Adjustable head angle, adjustable seat angle, adjustable travel, etc.
  • Advanced Pro E mechanical simulations
  • Intelligent pivot system
  • Method for measuring bicycle geometries independently from the design. Now the industry standard for examining geometries.

SUSPENSION SHOCK TECHNOLOGY

  • First SID shock in a bicycle
  • U-Turn
  • First (pull) shock with lockout AND travel option – up to 30% difference in travel
  • First ‘big chamber’ air shocks in the industry
  • OTS shock with lockout, short travel mode and long travel mode –
    up to 50% difference in travel
  • Intelligent rebound valve

PARTS & FEATURES

  • Zip-tie cable guide*
  • Shimano BB86 BB92 standard
  • Aero seat clamp
  • Barrel-nut replaceable threads

* The zip-tie guide is used on almost all current bikes.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN WITH A HIGH IMPACT ON THE INDUSTRY

  • First-ever ‘Jaguar’ layout with a bent top tube at the front and an interrupted seat tube on the Hot Chili Extreme was and is one of the most frequently used design features in the bike industry.
  • Blade-style forks / Scott CR-1 / blades with extended profile to the rear
  • The Hot Chili suspension system with an asymmetric swing arm, bearings in the swing arm, a short seat tube for the front derailleur and seat stays attached to the short seat tube with an interrupted seat tube design was the father of hundreds of imitations. Most single-pivot bikes have been using this concept for more than a decade.
  • Scott Intoxica was way ahead of its time from a design perspective. With a bent DT, facetted main tubes and see-through head tube it is probably the most influential and copied bike frame in the industry.
  • UD woven. A lesser-known fact is that we introduced new surface layers to the industry. Initially only 3k woven was used. We started to think about advanced options and used twill for a completely new look. Based on that experience, we developed a new type of pre-impregnated fiber called UD-woven which was then rapidly copied and used by most of the industry.
  • TS 1000, TS 2000
  • Hot Chili X-Rage
  • Scott Strike