I'm currently looking around for a new bike and I've noticed lots of load-bearing carbon parts (frames, cranksets, forks etc.) with an interesting finish like this:
and I was wondering what this type of carbon cloth is called and why it's used. I've seen it used on parts (e.g. forks) where the forces are predictable (laterally during cornering or longitudinally during braking) and thus unidirectional or woven cloth would appear to be the best option from a specific stiffness perspective. It does look pretty cool and thus presumably has marketing value but other than that, I'd appreciate any ideas!