all ahead composites is an innovative company whose core competence is the development, design, analysis and manufacture of fiber-reinforced plastic. With our innovative and unique carbon components, that are sold under the brand bike ahead composites, all ahead offers quality products to ambitious mountain bikers, which combine lightweight, stiffness and durability in a unique manner. all ahead is capable of in-house mapping the complete cycle of product development – from the first sketches to series production. The ultra-modern and extremely extensive machinery is supplemented by CAD workstations and a highly motivated team. From autoclave over RTM, RIM, VARIM up to the lay-up for each component, an optimum production process is guaranteed. In addition to the self-production of the brand bike ahead composites, all ahead composites also collaborates with numerous partners from research and industry and designs high-quality products and components made of CFRP for these.
how it all started
The company founder of bike ahead composites – Christian Gemperlein – was a huge mountain bike fan right from the start. His passion for mountain bikes goes back to 1994, when he got his first bike. The 90’s were marked by numerous innovations and developments in cycling technology – components such as suspension forks, disc brakes or full suspension experienced a steep climb. At around the same time, composite carbon started to play an important and fascinating role material wise.
The huge opportunities, the exclusivity and the racing enthusiasm inspired Christian Gemperlein. It quickly became clear to him that he wanted to develop a bicycle component made of CFRP on his own. Therefore, his later career choice of course had to include this material. That’s why he decided to study “Plastic and rubber technology” at the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg. As part of his thesis, he finally had the opportunity to turn his childhood dream of a self-development into reality. The title of the thesis was “development, design, FEM calculation and construction of a carbon fiber composite wheel for mountain bikes”, and was the cornerstone for today’s ac-26 and ac-29 biturbo wheels.
Driven by the results of his work and the dream of being his own boss, Christian Gemperlein founded his first company bike ahead composites in 2010 and thus turned his two biggest passions into a career. The aim of his company all ahead composites today is to develop and manufacture innovative, high quality carbon products “Made in Germany”. This requires a dedicated team that shares a passion for the material and is looking forward to inspire bike enthusiasts with unique components.