CeramicSpeed acquires Friction Facts

Two efficiency companies join forces to fight friction

Ceramic bearing and component manufacturer CeramicSpeed has acquired Friction Facts, a bicycle component test lab.

Friction Facts has developed test equipment and protocols to evaluate friction losses in bearings, chains, jockey wheels and lubricants. The Boulder, Colorado-based lab will continue to offer its efficiency reports for purchase on www.friction-facts.com.

CeramicSpeed has made a name for itself by developing ceramic bearings and oversized jockey wheels to improve drivetrain efficiency. The Danish company’s products command astronomical prices and have found favor with many ProTour teams, including Astana, Etixx-Quick-Stepp, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, and Tinkoff.

“By bringing Friction Facts into the team, CeramicSpeed expands its in-house development and test lab, which comes as a natural fit with our goals and mission. The lab will dramatically streamline our development cycle by allowing us to test the efficiency of prototypes immediately after they are pulled from the 3D printers,” said Martin Banke, managing director of CeramicSpeed.

Check out our series of tech articles produced in conjunction with Friction Facts. 

Want to ride faster without working harder? Read this series of features based on Friction Facts test data
Want to ride faster without working harder? Read this series of features based on Friction Facts test data

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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