Company also begins recruiting independent sales reps and Independent Bike Dealers in North America and bicycle distributors outside of North America, while beginning the transition to an IBD sales channel in the U.S. and Canada; additionally, Delta 7 Sports plans to unveil an IsoTruss-based road bike later this month at Interbike and OutDoor Demo
Delta 7 Sports, a division of Advanced Composite Solutions, has revamped its manufacturing processes and brought all manufacturing completely in-house. As a result, the company announced it has dropped the price for an Arantix™ mountain bike frame to $4,895 from $6,995, a decrease of more than 30 percent.
In connection with this news, Delta 7 Sports also announced today that it has
• Begun recruiting independent sales representatives and Independent Bike Dealers (IBDs) in North America,
• Begun recruiting distributors outside of North America, and
• Started the transition to an exclusive independent rep/IBD sales channel in North America.
According to the company, it will release more details on these points in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, independent reps and IBDs in North America and bicycle distributors outside of North America are welcome to contact the company for more information at 801-465-9933 or at www.delta7sports.com.
Delta 7 Sports will also unveil its first road bike later this month – a road bike built using the patented IsoTruss® technology and design concepts. This unveiling will occur September 22-26 at the Interbike International Bicycle Expo and Interbike OutDoor Demo, the largest cycling industry trade event held annually in Las Vegas.
In addition, Advanced Composite Solutions (the parent company of Delta 7 Sports) also announced today the expansion of its management team and the fact it has closed a new round of funding. (See related news releases from Advanced Composite Sports here: http://delta7sports.com/newsroom.htm)
“This has been a very busy summer for both Delta 7 Sports and ACS,” said Jay Mealey, newly named CEO of Advanced Composite Solutions. “We’ve completed financing, we’ve restructured and expanded our management teams, and we’ve made significant inroads in creating replicable manufacturing processes, a key component of which was revamping our manufacturing program, as well as bringing all aspects of our manufacturing in-house. I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made, and I’m highly encouraged on our prospects for future success.”
IsoTruss Background and Key Operational Advancements at Delta 7 Sports Since the beginning of 2008, Delta 7 Sports has reexamined all aspects of its manufacturing processes for its IsoTruss-based Arantix mountain bike, the company’s first product.
Developed at Brigham Young University, IsoTruss open lattice structures are made by combining two-dimensional (2-D) trusses, such as the kind commonly used in architectural design, into three-dimensional (3-D) pyramid-shaped trusses. The pyramid-like structure of an IsoTruss lattice utilizes the well-known geometry of a triangle with two equal sides (an Isosceles Triangle) to create a form with a superior strength-to-weight ratio.
Delta 7 Sports hand-weaves carbon fiber strands into IsoTruss-based tubes and then wraps Kevlar string around the carbon fiber prior to “curing” the consolidated strands into solid carbon-based tubes. These tubes are then affixed to carbon lugs to form a complete bicycle frame; these lugs have previously been manufactured by a third-party for Delta 7 Sports.
“We have continually looked for ways to improve and refine in our manufacturing procedures and process, and through these efforts we have become more efficient and effective in building IsoTruss-based products,” said Kris Papworth, president of Delta 7 Sports. “As part of this review and improvement process, we’ve also begun building our lugs in-house. This is not a move we’ve made lightly, and we’ve taken some time perfecting our manufacturing procedures.
“However, these steps have allowed us to dramatically increase the amount of bike frames we can make in one year with fantastic quality for each component and each frame. And by bringing all of our manufacturing in house, we’ve also dramatically lowered our costs. That’s allowed us to significantly lower the cost of an Arantix frame by more than 30 percent to $4,895, making it competitive with other high-end, cross-country hardtail mountain bike frames.” Delta 7 Sports plans to unveil additional information about its Arantix mountain bike later this month at Interbike. The company will also unveil its first ever road bike at Interbike.
About Delta 7 Sports Delta 7 Sports creates cutting-edge cycling sports products by utilizing IsoTruss technology and designs. A division of Advanced Composite Solutions, Delta 7 Sports was formed in 2007.
About Advanced Composite Solutions, LLC Formed in 2007, Advanced Composite Solutions (www.acs-companies.com) is focused on utilizing next generation composites to create products and components for both consumers and business partners. Its exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Brigham Young University gives Advanced Composite Solutions the rights to commercialize the IsoTruss technology and design, which the company is initially driving through its Delta 7 Sports division.