Substitutes prepreg epoxy matrix carbon with carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites

Nox MTB shoe made with thermoplastic composites

THE collaboration between Xenia Materials and Vittoria Cycling Shoes started a few years ago, when Edoardo Vercelli sensed the possibility of substituting the prepreg epoxy matrix carbon – used in the high-quality cycling shoes’ soles – with XECARB® carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites.

After winning in Grächen (CH) 2019, Leo Páez cycled to another outstanding performance in his second World Championship title in Sakarya, Turkey. He was wearing Nox, the shoe specifically designed by Vittoria Cycling Shoes, an Italian company leader in the production of mountain bike cycling shoes. Nox’s sole is made entirely with XECARB 1-C30, a thermoplastic composite engineered and produced by Xenia Materials.

The weight of the shoe is significantly decreased, and reaches the perfect balance between the necessary stiffness to transmit force/power on the pedals and the right flexibility that allows the best comfort on walking routes.

The soles have been precisely designed to facilitate the process of mud clearance and cleat connection, possible thanks to the wider shape of the cleat connection area.

Xenia Materials is an Italian company, specialized in engineering and production of innovative polymer-based materials used for the most advanced and challenging industries.

The company, located in Vicenza, incorporates an engineering team, which helps customers to develop high-tech components with a research and development department dedicated to product innovation.