Panorama Cycles is a Canadian bicycle manufacturer that targets back country cyclists – those that prefer gravel, snow and off-road tracks.
When considering the environment that their bikes operate in, it’s no surprise that there is some hesitation to move away from a steel frame bicycle. Hesitations about impacts creating invisible composite damage, ultimately leading to breakages, are very common.
The challenge was how do Panorama convince the most conservative and purist cyclists (read here the ones dedicated to steel) to try composite frame?
Composite bicycles hold many advantages over steel frame bicycles – lightweight, rigidity, performance, comfort. With this in mind, Panorama combined an ultra-strong composite material called Zylon, with interleaving Xantu.Layr nanofibre veils, to create a composite frame that can stand up to far greater impact stresses.
Exclusive and unique in the industry, the use of the Xantu.Layr thermoplastic veil and Zylon ultra strong fiber increase the frame performance and ultimate durability:
Xantu.Layr thermoplastic veil and Zylon ultra strong fiber before painting:
Xantu.Layr interleaved panels show a significant reduction in delamination area after being impacted at 30J energy:
Xantu.Layr interleaved panels show smaller delamination cracks and less fibre breakage after being impacted at 30J energy:
The result is the Katahdin. This incredible new composite framed bike takes durability to new heights with it’s combination of Zylon and Xantu.Layr.
In addition, the curvy surfaces of the bike have become a canva for the very talented duo of Vancouver-based artists Pellvetica. They sign the visual of the frame, and thus give the soul to this amazing product.
A 2×11 SRAM Rival group, WTB i23 Wheels, Ritchey Venture Max handlebars and a ton of frame and fork mounts for your short or long outings, makes the Katahdin so much versatile.