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Bikerumor.com headed up to Whistler this summer but on route they stopped off at Race Face's new Burnaby manufacturing facility to go behind the scenes at one of the most advanced carbon fibre manufacturing plants in the cycling world. Check it out here

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On the way up to Crankworx this summer, we stopped in to see Race Face's new digs in Burnaby, BC, where their focus is intensely set on carbon fibre product development. That effort has already paid off with the amazingly lightweight new NEXT SL Crankset and OS 35mm SEXC handlebar.

The new facility comes happened in large part thanks to national grants as tax credits for developing labor and technology. Carbon senior design engineer Jonathan Staples says it allows them to experiment with new production techniques, technical innovations and product development, and Canada is keen on keeping that sort of intellectual effort alive and well within their borders.

They moved here in May from the original building, at which point all of their machining went overseas. Well, almost all of it. They kept a couple machines to make prototypes, build fixtures and test equipment. Bummer, sure, but the upside is that now they have more room and time to grow the carbon side of things…

Race Face in-house testing equipment puts a bar and stem to the test pushing down over 150,000 times.

All carbon cranksets are made here. Like every modern company, the pieces start out as cutting diagrams on a monitor, which are then sent to the cutting machines.

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