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Carbon fiber can cause galvanic corrosion on aluminum. But the reaction is slow, and the carbon fiber would cause the aluminum to corrode, and not vice versa. So it should be safe to ride and not damage your frame.


Standard brake pads would be ones for aluminium rims. If your carbon rims have an aluminium/ shiny-metal brake track then this is what you want. "Carbon Fibre specific" brake pads tend to be made of cork and cost a lot more than normal brake pads. The braking surface has no trace of metal, and has a clearly visible carbon-fibre weave visible. (after all ...


Carbon fiber is durable. Unfortunately, carbon frame is not just make of pure carbon fiber, but instead it makes of carbon fiber reinforced polymer - composite carbon fiber. The carbon fiber may withstand the test of time, but the polymer is subject to degradation.

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