In development since 2006, the Allite Super Magnesium alloy had only been authorized for use in classified defense and aerospace application…until now. Lighter and stiffer than aluminum, less expensive than carbon fiber, and with the lowest carbon footprint of any structural material, Super Magnesium can be useful for a variety of products and components within the cycling industry.
Weighing 33% less than aluminum, while also being stiffer and stronger, pound for pound, Allite Super Magnesium is the lightest of all structural materials. In certain applications, it is just as strong and effective as carbon fiber at a much more affordable cost.
As an added bonus, the alloy is considered to be the most eco-friendly and sustainable metal in the world due to its widespread natural occurrence and the way it is harvested and processed. Magnesium is produced from sea water, brines, and magnesium-bearing minerals, which offer virtually unlimited reserves. Magnesium can be 100% recycled, and it dissolves naturally, leaving no trace.
Officially launching at Interbike this week, Allite, Inc., an Ohio-based company with cycling industry veteran Bruno Maier at the helm, hopes to partner with brands seeking materials to make their products lighter, faster, stronger, and more environmentally friendly.