Frames or components made from carbon fiber, possibly even about carbon accessories.

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Carbon frame cracks

I have a 2010 Gary Fisher Cronus, when I brought the bike in for a tune up this spring the bike shop told me they wouldn't do it because of cracks around the seat post. They pointed out that I had my ...
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Tight Seatpost Installation

I'm having a bit of a problem installing my seatpost. I have a 31.6mm carbon-wrapped aluminum seatpost which fit perfectly fine in my previous aluminum frame. Unfortunately, that frame cracked, ...
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How to polish carbon frames?

My carbon frame has some slight scratches and some black gunk around the seat stays. What is the best way to polish the frame to bring it back to its original appearance? I was thinking of using a ...
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chain stay protection on carbon frames

I am worrying about this type of protection against chain sucks. After 1-2 months with a new Cannondale F29 2, I've found out that this part was not where it should be. Instead, the chain did it's ...
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U-lock mount bracket on carbon frame?

I took my bike to the bike shop to get remove the quick release wheel things, so that I can use only one U-lock, anyways they changed it for me but the bike mechanic really got mad at me and said 'you ...
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What are the advantages of having a aluminium frame? [duplicate]

are there any advantages that an aluminium body brings to the tables over carbon frames?
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What's the best way to fix carbon to titanium?

I'm building (experimenting if you wish) something out of the old bike parts and I need to fix two parts together one titanium and carbon. Basically the parts are two tubes one made of carbon of a ...
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Can I put a rack on a carbon road bike?

I got a carbon-framed Kestrel Talon Road Bike recently but I also want to use it for commuting to and from work and I want a place to put my lock and other stuff on the bike. Is it possible to have a ...
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Should I avoid sitting on top tube on my carbon bike?

In another bicycle discussion forum I encountered a thread about possibility to damage carbon frame by sitting on top tube while stopped. I see some sense in it, as generally tube walls are a lot ...
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How to repaint a Carbon bike frame?

I have recently purchased a Specialized Roubaix SL4 Elite Disc carbon frame bicycle - But I am not particularly happy with the colour. It is charcoal and white. I like to have a brighter colour. Is ...
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Would a person standing on the top tube damage a carbon fibre road bike?

I was riding my aluminium bike and I met some people who had been trapped in a locked park, so I helped them escape by holding the bike against the fence and letting them stand on the top tube to ...
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Is a carbon fibre cyclocross or mountain bike likely to be lighter than an aluminum roadbike?

If the two are the same frame size, generally roadbikes are lighter. But if the roadbike is aluminum and the mountain bike is carbonfibre, is it probable the mountain bike frame will weigh less?
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How to exchange a seat stray on a 2013 Cube AMS 150 Super HPC Race carbon bike?

The derailleur was torn apart so I ordered new seat stays and have to exchange (one of them). I'm not sure how to do it, there are some bearings fastened by screws where hex-wrenches seem to fit on ...
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Should I worry about a chipped carbon mountain bike frame?

The other day while I was racing my Specialized Stumpjumper I noticed a chip on the frame. It's on the rear support bar right behind the seat post between the rear tire. My teammate who is a mechanic ...
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Avid Shorty 4 Carbon Brake Pads

I have Avid Shorty 4 brakes on a cross bike. I would like to use zipp 303 carbon wheels, but I am not sure about brake pads. The brake pads on there now are a combined cartridge and pad set. You ...
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How to fit BB bearings to install Ultegra Crank on road bike Wilier Cento 1

I've bought a used Wilier Cento 1 carbon road bike frame (not the new Cento1SR, but the previous model). Now I would like to transfer all Ultegra 6700 groupset components from my existing bike to it. ...
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How to cut carbon handlebars

Last year, I installed carbon bars on one of my mountain bikes and I'm finding them too wide. I've been told that taping over the points you're going to cut at will prevent fraying/roughness, but what ...
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Irregular sounds on new 50mm wheels at speeds over 16mph

I just bought new Chinese Carbon 50mm tubular wheels and I have a number of noises that are driving me crazy. There is a whistling or irregular whooshing sound on every rotation. Besides the normal ...
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Recessed brake pivot nut stuck in carbon fork

The recessed pivot nut for my front brake calliper (no. 4 in this diagram) has seized inside the fork. I've managed to remove the brake calliper itself by unscrewing it from the front, but the nut is ...
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How does stiffness in carbon frames increase speed?

I have a Specialized Roubaix with a 7r carbon frame; the Tarmac has 11r. Will I notice a speed change if I ride "exactly" under the same conditions? Does the additional 4r = more speed? I am thinking ...
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Carbon-wrapped Aluminum seatpost?

I have the seatpost shown in the pictures below. It came on a 2010 Specialized Tricross. It looks like Carbon fibre on the outside, but when you look at the open end of the tubing, it actually looks ...
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Difference between UD, 3K and 12K carbon finish?

What does UD, 3K, 12K carbon mean and how do they differ?
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Do Carbon Wheels Stay True Longer Than Aluminum Wheels?

Does a race quality carbon wheel set stay true longer than an aluminum one (with equal abuse/mileage) ? It seems like the properties of carbon would resist flat spots and warping better than ...
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Carbon bikes make me nervous. Can you ease the tension?

Is it only me, or do Carbon bikes make others nervous! I realize that carbon fibre is strong, but for some reason, having a bike that isn't made out of metal seems like asking for trouble. My main ...
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Does anyone sell a direct-drive recumbent with no handlebars?

This document well describes the benefits of a direct-drive recumbent. Is there any carbon-frame recumbent, commercially available, that implements all its recommendations. And what are the pros and ...
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Does a carbon frame need two-bolt seat clamp?

Does a bike with an alloy seat post and a carbon frame need a seat post clamp with two bolts? Most clamps these days seem to be either quick release or single bolt. Is that safe to use with my set up? ...
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Carbon Wheel Heat Bending

After riding about 800m downhill, I got this: BTW, this is TriAce Wheelset for Dahon Mu Ex 2014. Do you think this is safe to ride? Can I repair this?
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painting an aluminum/carbon frame

I have a frame I would like to get repainted. It is a composite of aluminum and carbon fiber (Al main triangle, carbon fiber seat/chain stays). The carbon fiber is unpainted (maybe a clear coat) and ...
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Carbon fork torque

I notice that my fork is squeezed together when I tighten the quick release mechanism. Is it possible then to over torque the quick release and squeeze the fork too close together?
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Can a carbon fiber mountain bike handle cool/cold weather?

It is late summer in the US and I am starting to look forward to autumn and winter mountain biking. I have a carbon fiber frame though. Didn't get to ride it last winter due to a broken collar bone ...
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Carbon fibre vs aluminium for racing

I've been commuting on a mountain bike these past 3 years. Now I want to get into road bike racing. Is it worth saving up money over a few months for a carbon fibre bike? Or should I just go and buy a ...
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What are the pros and cons between an aluminium and carbon frame?

I'm after a mountain bike and I've narrowed it down to the Cannondale F29 (based on reviews, plus I like the look of the bike). My question is, should I go for the carbon bike or the alloy bike? I'm ...
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Can lock on grips go with carbon fiber handle bars?

How prudent is it to install lock on grips onto carbon fiber mountain biking handle bars? Are there some grips that will work and some that won't?
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Why is carbon fiber inherently weak? Or is it?

This question got me to thinking: If it were possible for me to use a carbon frame, I would, but the expense and my riding style keep me using steel and aluminum. (I like hauling stuff on racks and ...
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Carbon fiber chip

See the white mid picture in the shape of a canine tooth. The sticker / veneer came off / separated. Is it something I should worry about? Is there something I can do? Niner Air Nine Carbon. I ...
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Is there a device for protecting your carbon-soled road shoes from the cleats?

I recently came across this product:, which is a stainless steel shield to place between your mountain cleats and your carbon soled shoes, to prevent damage to the carbon. Has anyone seen something ...
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Felt carbon steerer compression plug removal

How do I remove a compression plug (aka. expander bung) like this one? Most guides I could find assume that there's a 6mm hex Allen opening that allows tightening/loosening the plug but that's ...
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How to tell if a carbon frame is damaged or if the paint just has stress cracks

I am looking at a carbon framed road bikethat has me concerned.On the topside of the bottom bracket,drive side there is a very small hairline crack in the paint.The seller states that it has been ...
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Advice needed re Carbon Fiber vs Shocks

I am an occasional rider who bought my last bike 15 years ago (an all-aluminium Saracen with shocks). I've put about 400-500 miles this year and am thinking of taking up one of the Cycle to Work ...
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How to pull a carbon seatpost out of a carbon frame?

How do I pull out a carbon seatpost on a carbon frame? It seems so hard for me... Do I need a special tool, or just ask help from a local bike shop? done with the seatpost. I made the frame and ...
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Are all the Ultegra brake pads the same?

I have a road bike with Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870 goupset. Today it was my first long ride with it and alsmost instantly I noticed that the brake pads are not for carbon rims. I tried searching on the ...
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Carbon 700c Wheels: What does 33/50/60/88 mm refer to?

I've been browsing 700c carbon rims on ebay, and noticed most are listed with the 33/50/60/88/etc mm in the title. What does this represent? It doesn't appear to be spoke/nipple holes. ...
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Carbon Fiber vs. Aluminum [duplicate]

I am a new cyclist who is on my 2nd year of biking. I bought a cheapo Schwinn MTB at Walmart to start with but now I want a real road bike. I currently have $2k saved up and am looking into a ...
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Benefits of newer racer bikes over older ones?

10 Years ago, when I was 14, I got my first road bike. It costed around 1000 € (~1350$), and I have been using it every year. I have cycled at least 1.000 km every season. Now, I have started to ask ...
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Carbon Fork Noise

I've got a 2 month old Cannondale Evo Supersix. When I take it over a rough patch of road (far too many of these in Wiltshire!) there is a loud noise coming from the forks - it's obviously caused by ...
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Do I need to be concerned about a carbon frame if I attach a bike trailer?

We have a bike trailer with the hitch attached to the rear axle. The frame of my wife's bike frame is part carbon (right around the rear axle), which I understand is more brittle than other materials. ...
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Protecting carbon bike frame after a small chip?

My bike frame is carbon and it recently got a small chip. It's about the size of a pinky fingernail in size. Should I do anything to treat the chip to help prevent it from getting worse? Here's a ...
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Cheap Carbon Fiber Wheels

Right, I guess inserting where they're made in the title would be a little politically incorrect but essentially the link below would give you the exact product that inspired the question :- Cheap ...
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Installing a lock mount on a carbon fiber frame

Let's ignore the question, for a moment, of should I install a lock mount on my new TCR Advanced. But assume that I want to. Given that the frame is carbon fiber, should I be worried about the ...
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Carbon frame strengh

Almost every question Bicycles.SE about damaged carbon frames seems to get the same answer: "the frame isn't safe anymore." How strong of a hit is needed to break a carbon frame? There are little ...