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Tech up & cost down
motion plastics for the
bicycle industry

Maintenance-free, robust, light – components made of high-performance polymers

Bike riding is environment-friendly, healthy and in. The range of different types of bicycle on offer is now very wide: from cargo bikes, which no longer transport goods but take the children to nursery school, to racing bikes for sport or in the city and mountain bikes for the adrenaline kick in leisure time. Robust iglidur plain bearings from igus are a good choice for all applications. They withstand extreme loads, shocks and impacts, reduce the bike's weight and, thanks to the absence of lubrication, are easy to look after and only have to be maintained very rarely. The high wear resistance makes them reliable components, not only on racing bikes but also on much used everyday bicycles.

Advantages of igus polymer plain bearings:

  • Lubrication-free and maintenance-free
  • Resistant to impacts and shocks
  • Corrosion-free and dirt-resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Cost-effective
  • Wear-resistant
  • Long predictable service life


4 highlights in a 3-minute video

Our innovations in 2020 for the bicycle industry
Tech up, Cost down – for example, with iglidur E plain bearings in the chassis or pedals, the vibration-dampening 'endurance runner' with 20 % less wear than iglidur J.
 
Further information on these and other new products on our 400 m2 trade show stand You can visit it virtually on your own – or with our industry expert. Make an appointment now for a guided virtual tour with individual consultation:

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Request a free plain bearings sample box

See for yourself the quality of our plain bearings. The iglidur sample box contains:

  • 39 plain bearings of the most important iglidur materials 
  • Templates for finding the perfect material for your application
  • iglidur bearing technology catalogue with information about our plain bearings

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Areas of use

In pedals, seat posts, suspension forks, derailleurs, brakes and much more – igus plain bearings have been in use for many years for the most varied of components and by diverse frame manufacturers. You can see some possible uses here:

Disc brake calipers

iglidur plain bearings in the brake calliper

Racing bike brakes

iglidur plain bearing in racing bike brake

Successfully in use in the bicycle industry

chike cargo bike with iglidur plain bearings and igubal rod end bearings

igus bearings make agile e-cargo bike low-maintenance

The company chike was looking for suitable components for an innovative, spring-mounted tilt chassis that would make their e-cargo bike just as agile as a normal bicycle. igus provided the perfect solution: igubal rod end bearings are used on the track rods, iglidur plain bearings on the transverse control arms and in the tilt lock. In contrast to metal solutions, motion plastics ensure a virtually maintenance-free continuous operation, are light and cost-effective.

Crankbrothers bicycle pedals with iglidur plain bearings

Constant performance on the trail, resistant to shocks, mud and dust

The manufacturer of premium mountain bike components Crankbrothers needed a solution for their pedal bearings. Resistance to dirt, a reduction in weight and a long service life were the main aspects. Thanks to plain bearings made of the material iglidur JB, the company was able to achieve an eight times longer service life compared to the previous solution and reduce the weight. The bearings from igus are insensitive to dirt and can be easily cleaned without compromising on performance.


Selected motion plastics for bicycles

iglidur G plain bearings

Smooth running due to low coefficient of friction

Reliable, maintenance-free and dirt-resistant

Precise and fast switching

iglidur J plain bearings

Resistant to high-frequency shocks and vibrations

Highly resistant to wear with low coefficient of friction

No 'stick slip'

iglidur J3 plain bearings

High impact strength, maintains shape

Sensitive feedback from the rear shock

Dimensional stability of the bearing

iglidur H4 plain bearings

Temperature-resistant up to +200°C

Corrosion-resistant, no seizing

Extreme wear resistance

iglidur W300 plain bearings

Resistant to dirt

Extremely high wear resistance and low coefficient of friction

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free

igubal spherical bearings

Absorb vibration

Angle and tolerance compensation

Light, lubrication-free and therefore insensitive to dirt

Your component made to your design in the desired quantity and material

Special solutions are just as much part of the igus product range as standard parts. Our experts match the choice of the manufacturing process and the component material precisely to your needs. The right material for your purposes is selected from a wide range of wear-resistant and maintenance-free high-performance polymers.


Tested in the igus test laboratory for use in the real world

Tested for continuous load, media resistance and quiet operation
 
In the industry's largest test laboratory for plastics, iglidur plain bearings are tested thoroughly and extensively. Focus of the tests are push/pull forces, coefficient of friction, wear as well as abrasion and driving forces at various speeds and bearing loads. The results are entered into our tools to calculate service life and allow for precise predictions regarding their durability.
 
Upon request, igus carries out customer tests to check product use under completely tailored conditions.


Do polymer plain bearings on bicycles have to be lubricated? What advantages do they have over their counterparts made of metal? In the igus blog, you can find interesting articles on everything to do with bicycle technology and equipment.

Take a look now!

More information

Bicycle technology brochure

Product brochure Bicycle Industry (PDF)

igus mountain bike

Light, insensitive to dirt, maintenance-free


iglidur plain bearings on the mountain bike, cargo bike, recumbent bike and folding bike