At Carbon Conversions, an extensive reclaiming process is undergone on all Trek parts to cull the raw carbon from other materials like epoxy resin and paint. The parts are chopped into pieces smaller than 2.5 cm, then fed through an atmospherically-controlled, electrically-heated pyrolisation furnace that strips away everything that isn’t raw carbon.In this usable form, the raw carbon is mixed with water in enormous stainless steel tanks. Through proprietary computational fluid dynamics, the small carbon pieces are moulded into carbon pre-form moulds that can then be made into high-performance parts.In the spirit of reclaiming materials, it should come as no surprise that everything in this part of the process is recycled. After a pre-form mould has been created, the tanks are drained and cleaned, and the water is saved to be used again in the creation of the next pre-form carbon mould. And even the tanks, one of which stands two-storeys off the plant floor, are recycled. Before they were fabricated to perform this function for Carbon Conversions, they were used at an Anheuser-Busch Brewery.The end result of this process is a piece of material that has an extraordinary number of applications. The pre-form carbon moulds created in Lake City have been used to develop products as diverse as sub-structure parts for high-performance cars, tooling for carbon fibre hulls of racing boats, kayaks and canoe paddles, and even carbon fibre sunglasses.The possibilities are endless, but there are challenges too. A carbon bicycle frame gets its strength from continuous strands of carbon, which are moulded and epoxied. Once the reclaiming process is performed, the resulting carbon product does not hold the same structural integrity of continuous carbon strands.