At TIME, the beginning of the process of manufacturing a frame begins with the braiding of the fibers.
This method consists in interleaving fibers (Carbon, Vectran, Kevlar) of different or identical natures to form a braid, also called "sock". The fibers are selected according to the characteristics and sensations desired on the bicycle. For example, Vectran fiber has a high vibration absorption capacity, while carbon fiber is lighter and more rigid. With its 17 braiding machines and 25 yarn shades, Time produces more than 100 different braids.
The advantages of this technology, compared to existing systems are:
• Frames with different characteristics for better precision,
• A homogeneity of the fibers in the braid for an incomparable reliability,
• Unrivaled handling and trajectory accuracy for unique sensations.
Only the French know-how of TIME is able to implement this technology today.
Once the carbon braids are fabricated, these are threaded around fusible cores. The braids are selected and positioned very precisely on these cores, so as to condition the behavior of the future frame (more or less rigid). It takes more than 3 hours to dress a frame before resin injection.
This is real know-how at TIME: only the most expert hands build here, layer after layer, the carbon structure of future bikes made in France.
This step consists in transforming the structure of the "soft" frame into a solid structure. The parts of the frame, embedded in the carbon braids, are placed in a mold and epoxy resin is injected under pressure into this mold. Then, a firing (at 100 ° C.) is necessary to give the frame its final mechanical characteristics. The fusible cores inside the part are then removed in order to leave only the composite (impregnated carbon braids).
The advantage of this system is the total impregnation of the fiber by the resin in a homogeneous and regular manner. This guarantees an incomparable quality and durability.
Time is today the only manufacturer in the world of bicycle to perfectly master this manufacturing process.
As a result of aeronautics, CMT technology makes it possible to compress components with complex shapes (fork, inserts, etc.). Made of long carbon fibers (50mm), with a low resin content and with a reduced weight of 40% (compared to aluminum alloys) CMT technology has very good mechanical properties.
The 5th production step consists of assembling all the parts of the frame. The glue used has technical characteristics that ensure the optimum performance of the product. All assemblies are made on a template in order to guarantee the geometrical accuracy of each part.
Once the parts of the frame are assembled, the frame is sanded to perfect its surface appearance. Special attention is paid to this step.. This step conditions the level of excellence that TIME wants to give to its products.
At the time of finishing, once prepared, the carbon parts are then decorated. TIME was renowned for its meticulous attention to detail.
There are two options:
1- Keep the apparent carbon
2- Paint parts : manual application of liquid paint with a spray gun. Some areas are masked and the carbon will appear once the mask is removed.
Once all the parts of the frame have been painted or not, the decoration is finalized thanks to decals with water:
1- the decors are wet to activate the adhesive,
2- the decors are placed delicately on the desired part,
3- the parts are cleaned and dried for a few hours at a temperature of 45 °.
It is a very delicate operation which requires very careful hands.
It is now that the final aspect of each piece is given. A varnish is applied. It has a protective action (UV, scratches, shocks), but it mainly gives the final touch, matt or shiny.
Finishing and assembly are the last stages of production. Each part is inspected before mounting the bike to ensure that there are no defects. Then the bike is assembled and sent to the retailer who makes the final adjustments to adapt each bike to each morphology.