40% lower costs, 80% less weight and 100% less maintenance
Change bearing now: plastic instead of metal
What began in 1817 with the Draisian running machine with oiled brass bushes evolved over the years to become a low-weight lifestyle accessory with dry-operating plastic bearings. The "digital bike" and "the bicycle as vehicle" are two important trends in today's bicycle world, where electrification is expanding the range of possible uses of the bicycle in everyday life. This is also changing the requirements placed on the components installed in the bike. Whereas mountain bikes have to cope with impacts and shocks acting on the bearings used in the components when the bike is ridden over rough terrain, the focus in the case of the e-bike is on achievement of the greatest possible range with one battery charge. The bike must therefore be as light as possible although the longer distances travelled lead to greater stress on the individual bicycle components compared to the conventional bike. Save weight, increase service life and minimise maintenance intervals with igus®. Dry operating iglidur® plain bearings made of high-performance plastics are lightweight, extremely wear-resistant and characterised by very low friction values. They defy shocks and bumps and are more resistant than metallic bearings - especially in extreme environmental conditions. Thus dirt, temperature, detergents and humidity are not challenges any more. Due to the elimination of external lubricants and the maintenance often associated with them, the amount of care and repair needed is minimised. Overall three-fold savings: in weight, in maintenance, and also in price.