iSamurai wrote:So all in all I think I have some homework to do and a lot of questions to answer. I'm just wondering why there's not really any Australian bike makers out there on the international stage. Also I'm just a bit uncertain about putting so much time into its conception only to find out some guy is also putting something similar together but has a lot more cash to throw at it haha
As someone who has spent a few years and a lot of money chasing this same small piece of pie: Yes you do have a lot of homework to do. I've been investigating this for 5 years, actively working on it for three and I am still about a year off launch.
There are Australian bike makers out there on the international stage: two of the most highly regarded custom makers on earth are Aussies: Daryl McCulloch (Llewellyn) and Darren Baum. I think BT is still hanging on by its toenails despite the ongoing shenanigans, they were once so highly regarded they were rampantly copied. These three have one thing in common: strongly differentiated product. Notice that neither of the the road bike guys does carbon.
If you are going down the carbon route, I'd look at what people who are in that business locally but making a go of it on the world stage are doing; an example would be CST in Sydney http://www.cstcomposites.com/. Keep in mind that Raoul at Luescher Teknik does consultancy and knows this business well http://luescherteknik.com.au/. Another resource you may not know about is the Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre at Deakin near Geelong http://www.deakin.edu.au/affric/carbon-fibres.php. They are already doing some bicycle related work and I have found the people there very approachable.
BTW no, I'm not the guy who is already putting something similar together, I'm not doing Carbon.