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This section on materials has been created in order to enable designers to get smart quick about the opportunities that materials offer. Knowledge about materials is essential to innovation in the 21st century, and innovative design in history has been led by astute focus on new materials and processes, or a rediscovery and recontextualisation of established materials and technologies.

The materials information that follows has been created by Rob Thompson in order to empower those working on designs connected to the bicycle industry to understand the relevant technical elements and opportunities that need to be considered in the design process. We feel it's important for designers to use appropriate materials to support their design development, to ensure that end designs are both fit for purpose and affordable.

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