WALK THE TALK
SPANK INDUSTRIES has a long history and a rowdy reputation for making noise about environmentally sustainable practices in the bicycle industry. If you're interested in understanding how we at SPANK Industries walk our talk, read on! And SHARE THE MESSAGE!
WE SAY NO TO CARBON FIBER
At SPANK INDUSTRIES we say no to carbon fiber and yes to aluminum. It can be 100% recycled and contributes in an almost endless lifecycle of cottage industries for local communities.
SPANK INDUSTRIES shotpeen finishes all our products. This ‘hammering’ not only improves fatigue life, it also completely negates the harmful microscopic waste particles associated with sandblast and polish.
TOXIN-FREE & BIODEGRADEABLE
The closed cell, complex foam core in our Vibrocore™ handlebars is toxin free and injected mechanically, which reduces the emission of greenhouse gases. It is also biodegradeable.
The fluid used for cooling in SPANK INDUSTRIES pedal CNC process is recycled almost infinitely during the production cycle. Our state-of-the-art Japanese CNC machines are also the most energy efficient models available anywhere globally.
Our packaging is minimal, because we figured you would enjoy one more tree on the trails and a bit less landfill in the dumps! It is made from unbleached, recycled pulp and is 100% biodegradable. Minimal printing on the packaging reduces water and energy consumption during processing.
Earthball Riders Foundation was initiated in 2016 to encourage responsible production and to challenge manufacturing practices in the bicycle industry.
The Earthball Riders Foundation facilitates dialogue and the sharing of information towards educating consumers and industry on responsible manufacturing and production practice.
WHY WE CHOOSE ALLOY OVER CARBON FIBER
SAFETY FOR YOU
As a norm, under certain high impact, carbon fiber breaks and leads to catastrophic failure. Aluminium will give warning by bending or buckling.
MATERIAL CONSISTENCY & TOLERANCE
The control over alloy material integrity and manufacturing process exceeds the QC pitfalls of carbon fiber.
We say NO to the insane power consumption required to produce carbon fiber and we say NO to the toxic emissions that workers and local communities are exposed to around carbon fiber manufacturing facilities.
SPANK ALLOY TECHNOLOGY THAT BESTS CARBON FIBER
There are no doubt good things to say about carbon fiber. We don't disagree. It's just that we perceive those few good things to be relevant and appropriate to a very small percentage of perhaps the world's top international or world championship competition athletes. We really don't agree that the cycling mass market has a need for carbon fiber - not when you weigh up the negatives, and certainly not at the crazy price tag carbon fiber commands. In short, we value the sustainability, safety and responsible approach that alloy affords us, and the global cycling community. Still convinced carbon fiber is king? Take a look at some of the SPANK INDUSTRIES technologies that should have you second guessing your perception of carbon fiber...
THE RESPONSIBLE ALTERNATIVE.
All SPANK INDUSTRIES rims are crafted from our proprietary dynamically hardened alloy - DYNAMAL.
/ We choose alloy for a safer product that is recycleable and it’s production is less harmful to the environment.
The award winning foam core in our alloy bars and rims offers enhanced performance, superior technical properties, and is the responsible choice environmentally.
/ In bars, it promotes longer sustained comfort riding
/ In rims, it promotes lateral stiffness, torsional strength and offers the feeling of a rigid carbon fiber rim, but with a smoother, ‘chatter’ free ride.
This manufacturing technology tapers our DUAL XGT bars from the thickest area at the bar clamping zone, slowly and gradually through the bend zones, to the thinnest areas at the control zones and back to the thicker impact ends.
/ eliminates stress zones, where breaks can occur
/ designed to bend, not break, on high impact
Precision CNC bending of our bars offers consistency and better symmetry.
/ limits material structural damage during the bending process
/ eliminates the need for heavy grinding process
/ results in lighter, stronger, and safer bars
OOHBAH REVERSE WELL
Our OOHBAH patented REVERSE WELL DESIGN, is an engineering design unique to SPANK INDUSTRIES.
/ OOHBAH is one of the main reasons so many describe our rims as ‘bombproof’
/ promotes easier tubeless inflation
/ adds the strength to the rim that allows us to go wider, thinner and lighter with our rim designs
SPANK INDUSTRIES BEADBITE is a unique design feature that improves tire retention.
/ optimizes set up for tubeless
/ reduces burps or pinch flats
/ tire beads are locked in place between vertical and horizontal ridges
/ 12 sets of ridges on the vertical and horizontal walls create tiny air seals, improving tire retention