BIKEEXIF article about Ducati Monster 400 cafe racer featuring basalt fiber.

To quote New Zealander Max Betteridge: “In many ways, basalt is the new carbon,” he tells us. “It has similar performance to carbon but at a lower price. What captured me was the subtle gold hue in its reflection—in contrast to carbon’s harsh weave, basalt appears almost black until the light hits it at just the right angle. Then it reveals a surreal depth.”

Ducati Monster 400 uses basalt
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The tank, tail section and belly pan are all molded from basalt fiber. For each part, Max would create a CNC, laser- or hand-cut mold, before laying down the final form in basalt. Most of the parts took multiple attempts before they came out good enough to use.

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