Carbon Fiber

Sled Tech. Stealth X from Snolo.

With Kansas City getting ready for its first major snowfall of the season, I thought I would do a little research on the advances made in sled technology. The last time I looked into sled tech was 3 years ago. Since then, some folks down in New Zealand have created a carbon fiber stealth sled; the Stealth X, by Snolo Sleds.

This high performance carbon fiber sled can hit speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, and can be maneuvered with precision under a variety of snowy and icy conditions. The carbon fiber construction is extremely light and strong. The design allows it to be carried like a backpack, which allows any back country explorer to have a little sledding fun on their deep country trek.

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None of this sled tech comes cheap though. Stealth X will set you back $2500.00 plus shipping, so you better really be into sledding if you’re thinking about pulling the trigger on this one.

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Wednesday Lust. The Rizoma 77|11 Metropolitan Bike.

Almost two centuries after it’s invention, the humble bicycle continues remain true to it’s roots while technologically advancing in design and materials. The 77|011 Metropolitan Bike from Rizoma is perfect example of this. It is a single speed fixed gear bike made from carbon fiber and billet aluminum construction. The materials used in the bike construction aid in keeping the bike light weight, and making sure the frame is extremely strong. The bike has softer lines with a slightly curved top, seat, and head tubes, and the attention to design detail is out standing. Simple clean lines combined with elegant geometry in the handlebar, crank, and seat assembly really make this bike stand out.

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A Little Carbon Fiber Leverage Please.

You never know when you are going to need a bottle opener. The thing is though, I’m not much of a Swiss Army knife or church key on my keyring kind of guy. I am however a beer in a bottle after mowing the lawn kind of guy. So what I need is a bottle opener that would say, fit in my wallet.

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Leverage is a credit card sized bottle opener that takes full advantage of the fact that carbon fiber is stronger than steel. This allows Leverage to be an incredibly thin .059mm and weigh in at .3oz. This alone would allow me to keep it in my wallet for those times when you need a bottle opener and don’t want to run back to the kitchen.

This simple, clean, well designed bottle opener is functional, and quite frankly looks like something Batman would use. Batman and probably Burt Rutan as well.

Welcome to the Jungle, With Carbon Fiber Cellos.

Here is a great way to start off your Friday morning. Here we have Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser playing their arrangement of Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N’ Roses on carbon fiber cellos. There is a sort of man in the street viral quality to the way this is shot, but the editing and the camera work definitely let you know that this is a music video that was planned and executed by professionals. Slash should call these guys and do a remix of this, because it is a pretty amazing cover of the original.