Friday, 28 April 2017

Omnia Racing

All-new Rotobox ‘Boost’ carbon fibre wheels

Italian distributor Omnia Racing is offering the new carbon fibre ‘Boost’ wheels launched at EICMA in November by Slovenian manufacturer Rotobox.

Featuring five thinner, lighter, stronger spokes, they’re immediately distinguishable from the European company’s award-winning RBX2 elliptical spoke designs.
Up to 50% lighter than original equipment rims, ‘Boost’ wheels are a more aggressive looking alternative to Rotobox’s popular RBX2s. The thinner spokes have larger “windows” between them than the current RBX2’s smooth, rounded ones. The ‘Boost’ spokes are ribbed for additional torque resistance and have invisible joints that make them appear seamless.
These hollow ‘Boost’ spokes are also lighter, stronger and even more aerodynamic than those on the RBX2 wheels, for incredible straight-line stability, nimbler handling, improved suspension compliance, more effective braking, greatly reduced unsprung mass and less gyroscopic effect in cornering.
Much of this is due to the exclusive 3-Component Composite, a complex formulation of carbon and epoxy, reinforced with stainless steel wire. The 2.5 mm thick wire is integrated into both sides of the rims, increasing impact resistance in the most critical areas. The world’s only one-piece, carbon monocoque wheels, Rotobox products are manufactured utilising a high-pressure Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) process that consistently turns out flawless, watertight rims.
The new high-pressure core technology used by Rotobox achieves a higher density of armature in the composite, extreme matrix accuracy and a greater smoothness of the wheel surface.
The carbon fibre surfaces can be ordered painted up in Rotobox’s palette of colours, with splashy graphics, stripes or any logo. For protection, the wheels come in a choice of matt or glossy finishes covered by a UV-blocking clear coat that accentuates their carbon weaving.
As direct replacements for stock rims, model-specific Rotobox wheels come in convex and symmetrical designs for motorcycles with dual- or single-sided swingarms. Their CNC-machined 7075 T6 aluminium billet brake disc and sprocket carriers can be customised with optional anodising colours.
The high strength delivers a permissible maximum static load of 280 kg on the rear and 180 kg on the front wheel. Typically, the weight is 5.51 kg for the convex and 6.69 kg for the symmetric set.
They are supplied with a cush-drive, spacers, easy access, 90-degree aluminium billet valve stems and a choice of ceramic or steel bearings. They meet JASO T203-85 safety standards that include lab-based tests measuring cornering, radial, torsional and impact performance; available in 3.5 and 6 inch sizes with 2-year warranty, and optional premium SKF ceramic bearings.