We Create the Best Technologies at the Best Prices
We at Silverback embrace and push all the newest methods to produce lightweight, stiff and strong performance bicycles. One of our goals is to consistently design and produce better bikes, with exceptional components, at a better price. Achieving this balance is a constant battle – but it’s one we’re willing to fight for the love of the ride. By using industry leading design and manufacturing techniques, and by utilizing the best talent the industry has to offer, we ensure our bikes meet and surpass industry quality standards.
Hydroforming uses hydraulic pressure to shape aluminium tubing in a mold. Silverback uses hydroforming extensively as it allows for radically profiled tubing in order to optimize stiffness and weight.
Tubes have various butting options, from plain gauge to triple butted. Triple butted tubing offers the best in terms of strength to weight ratio and is used on many of our frames, from mid level to high end.
It allows the use of very thin middle sections of tubing, saving weight, while providing a responsive and lively ride feel. The thicker end butts allow for good welding strength at the joins and add stiffness where it’s needed to ensure the frame is strong and reliable. Butted tubing sheds weight where it is not needed and creates a livelier and more comfortable ride.
Many of our lightweight aluminium frames use round or oval tubing. These shapes use a gentle form of shaping versus hydroforming, called mechanical forming.
It allows the use of thin triple butted tubes in these shapes, thereby creating very light, structurally strong and laterally stiff frames that also absorb vibrations and dissipate them throughout the frame for a more comfortable ride. The thin tubing gives great feedback from the trail and makes for a lively ride feel.
Our Premium carbon frames use multiple layers of carefully shaped carbon sheets, pre-impregnated with resin. The high modulus sheets use nano-resins that have incredible strength at minimal volumes, keeping the weight as low as possible, and also help stiffen the carbon’s natural properties. Using long strips of carbon around junctions and along full tube lengths maximizes the carbon strand length, thereby resulting in a stronger and stiffer frame with less bulk at critical junction areas.
This is achieved in conjunction with internal mandrels or EPS inserts that allow more continuous carbon layup during the monocoque frame making process. We carefully select both high and medium modulus carbon sheets for each frame design. High modulus sheets are used where more stiffness is needed, while the intermediate modulus sheets are used for their incredible strength, especially when flexed during riding circumstances. The culmination of the layup provides a ride that is stiff, responsive yet comfortable, allowing the rider to maintain focus on the road or trail in a synergy with the bicycle and their terrain.