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 1˝, then fed through an atmospherically-controlled, electrically-heated pyrolization furnace that strips away everything that isn’t raw carbon. In this useable form, the raw carbon is mixed with water in enormous stainless steel tanks. Through proprietary computational fluid dynamics, the small carbon pieces are molded into carbon pre-form molds 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 mold 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 mold. And even the tanks, one of which stands two-stories 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 molds created in Lake City have been used to develop products as diverse as sub-structure parts for high-performance automobiles, tooling for carbon fiber hulls of racing sailboats, kayaks and canoe paddles, and even carbon fiber sunglasses. The possibilities are endless, but there are challenges too. A carbon bicycle frame gets its strength from continuous strands of carbon, which are molded and epoxied. Once the reclaiming process is performed, the resulting carbon product does not hold the same structural integrity of continuous carbon strands.