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The Xtreme-Tech expedition 2024: the ultimate endurance test

In early 2024, three riders - Mike Fuchs, Oliver Gehrking, and David Arlandis - will embark on a 1,300-kilometer e-bike expedition through Erg Chegaga, Morocco's largest sandy desert.  Their goal is to demonstrate that bicycle frames and components made from thermoplastics can withstand the toughest conditions.

Sustainability is the linchpin

The Xtreme-Tech expedition takes place in a very sensitive and challenging ecosystem. On e-bikes and with components that are all highly resilient, they will prove that such a demanding expedition is also possible while consistently implementing the concept of sustainability.

The bicycle frames impress with four main features:

  • V Frames bicycle frames have a 68 percent lower carbon footprint than traditional aluminum frames.
  • V Frames are lighter than aluminum frames
  • V Frames frames are 100 percent recyclable at the end of their life.
  • The Buddy X1 frame was the first off-tool, injection-molded frame to pass all relevant tests for this bicycle class with flying colors.

The Bikes

The participants of the expedition are riding high-quality Buddy X1* electric bicycles. These bikes are a product of a partnership between Buddy Bike (based in Norway) and ISOCO/V Frames (from Saalfeld in Germany), and they establish benchmarks for sustainability and performance. Thermoplastic carbon fiber materials made by LEHVOSS are used for the production of these products.

There are strong partners behind the bikes and behind the riders

Bicycles and riders are the core team around which everything revolves. In addition, there are a number of partners and sponsors who contribute their technical expertise and support to the success of this cycling expedition:

Baier & Michels: The specialist for fastening technology / fastening solutions and manufacturer of corrosion resistant special screws for carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP).

BLOOVS Eyewear: This up-and-coming label from Barcelona designs and manufactures sports eyewear perfectly adapted to the needs of athletes. For extreme technical expeditions with polarized and photochromatic lenses.

Buddy Electric: With more than 20 years of experience in electric vehicles, Buddy Electric is one of the largest e-bike manufacturers in Norway.

Ergon Bike Ergonomics: Innovator and industry leader in ergonomics at the points of contact between rider and bike. The products developed in Germany - gender-specific saddles, handlebar grips, pedals and other ergonomic accessories - are noticeably better.

FESCHD: Innovative and fully recyclable holders for smartphones. Made with LUVOTECH eco materials.

Hufschmied Zerspanungssysteme: the renowned manufacturer of high-performance cutting tools, especially for the machining of carbon fiber reinforced materials.

INVERSE: Manufacturer since 1969 of high-quality apparel, made with materials designed for each type of cycling, triathlon and running, allowing optimal performance in both training and competition. INVERSE is the supplier of the Spanish World Cup and Olympic teams, with its own production facility in Barcelona.

ISOCO / V Frames: System provider and manufacturer of injection molded, sustainable thermoplastic carbon composite bicycle frames and other bicycle components, produced exclusively in Germany.

LEHVOSS Group develops, produces, and sells specialty chemical and mineral products globally. The Customized Polymer Materials division produces high-performance thermoplastic materials that surpass market standards.

ORTLIEB: The world's leading brand of premium waterproof gear. Bags and backpacks: Made in Germany.           

RAWBITE: The idea behind RAWBITE is simple and straightforward: a fruit and nut bar that is 100% organic, vegan, gluten-free and has no added sugar.

Rohloff: the inventor of the 14-speed high-performance bicycle transmission - Speedhub 14. The epitome of the modern manual transmission hub and brand name for the highest quality, availability and durability.

ZF Micro Mobility: An innovator in the field of micro mobility systems. Supplier of high-performance e-bike drive systems. As part of the Xtreme-Tech expedition, the 112Nm e-bike motor will be used.        

The expedition jersey - with reminiscences of Morocco and North Africa

The riders

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* In Central Europe, the bikes will be offered under the name of ISOCO X1.