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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 trendy. 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:

  • Weight reducing
  • Lubrication and maintenance-free
  • Resistant to dirt
  • Corrosion-free
  • Resistant to impacts and shocks
  • Wear-resistant
  • High, predictable service life
  • Cost-effective

Mountain bikes

Durable bearings for damper, fork, rear frame and similar.

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Cargo bikes

Robust bearings for handlebar, box flap, stand and more

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6 innovations in 5 minutes

igus has six bearing innovations for mountain and cargo biking ready to go, which our Industry Manager Alexander Welcker will present to you briefly in five minutes. These include, e.g., our thick-walled iglidur M210 plain bearings, the lubrication-free alternative for needle roller bearings in the MTB rear wheel swing arm.

You can find more information about the new products on our websites or in a personal discussion with our expert. He will be happy to give you a tour of our virtual-real trade show stand and show you everything that's new.

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Thick-walled plain bearings for MTB rear wheel swing arms

Stick-slip-free plain bearings for suspension forks

Plain bearings with felt seals for pedals

Customised gears for e-bike drives/motors

Robust rod ends for cargo bike steering rods

Preloaded low-profile guides for sliding doors of cargo box

You can find more products for bicycles on the websites for mountain bikes and cargo bikes.

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.

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 needed suitable components for a new type of spring-loaded tiltable chassis that would make their e-cargo bike just as manoeuvrable in bends as an ordinary bicycle. The igubal rod end bearings are now used on the tie rods, iglidur plain bearings on the wishbone and in the tilt lock. In contrast to metallic bearings, they ensure practically maintenance-free, durable operation, are lightweight and cost-effective.

Crankbrothers bicycle pedals with iglidur plain bearings

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

For their pedal bearings the company Crank Brothers was looking for a solution. Resistance to dirt, a reduction in weight and a long service life were the main aspects. With our plain bearings made of the iglidur JB material, the company was able to achieve an eight times longer service life and reduce the weight. The new bearings are insensitive to dirt and can be easily cleaned without any loss of performance.

Various customer projects from the bicycle industry

... other success stories

Plain bearings in the rear frame of a MTB fully, spherical bearings in the steering and in the tiltable chassis of cargo bikes, individual 3D-printed components for brakes: discover more applications from our customers in the bicycle industry in which our motion plastics are used and show off their advantages: low weight, long service life, no lubrication and dirt resistance.

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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.

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The huge motion plastics sample box

Trying things out made easy: with the igus corner, you always have the most recent motion plastics suited for your individual industry sector at hand. 
We will bring the display to you, assemble it upon request and fill the compartments with the products of your choice. Or you can set it up yourself. As a permanent exhibition or for a limited period of time.

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More information

Bicycle technology product brochure

Important information about our products and services


Mountain bike, recumbent bike, cargo bike, folding bike - lubrication-free and easily mounted with our motion plastics

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