Questions tagged [carbon]

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

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Is this a carbon crack or a scratch?

I'm about to buy myself a bicycle but the seller posted there's a slight scratch on the paint. Seems to me it doesn't look like a normal scratch but can be a crack on the carbon itself. Is it a crack ...
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Chip in carbon seat tube?

I pulled out the seatpost on my Giant TCR and notice something like a chip in the seat tube, are defects like this normal?
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Lots of cracks - safe to ride?

I probably shouldn't have, but I just bought this 2016 CAAD 8 second hand for cheap. I'm trying to work out if it's safe to ride. There are cracks all over the carbon fork (and in the rest of the ...
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How bad/deep is this chip on a carbon fiber bike frame?

Does it cut into the fiber or just some paint chip?
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Are racquets' graphite the same substance as bike frames' carbon?

One of the materials used for tennis/squash/pickleball/... racquets is graphite. One of the materials used for bike frames (and components) is carbon. I gather that both have the element Carbon in ...
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Misaligned Carbon Rails on Brooks C13 Saddle not aligning to Seat Post Clamp

I have a [VNT Elements Seat Post] (https://shop.vannicholas.com/en/products/vnt-elements-accessories/VNT-Seatpost-Alloy-16-7mm-Setback/11326). This saddle has two bolts at the back and clamps onto the ...
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Torque Specification for Brooks C13 Saddle with Carbon Rails

I wanted to know what the torque specification for this saddle (Brooks C13) would be. There is no torque spec/limit information on the Brooks website for this saddle. The concern is that the rails are ...
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Question about different frame construction details. Dropped seat stays, Mono seat stays and ISP Carbon seat tube

I'm thinking about having a custom Titanium/Carbon gravel frame made. I would like the design to be a bit special, and therefore I would like it to come with a ISP in carbon, dropped seat stays, and ...
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Little "holes" on carbon rims' profile: what are they used for?

I have mounted a new set of carbon rims on my bike. To be precise, it's a pair of Mavic Cosmic SL. And I've noticed that they have some little "holes" along the profile. What are they used ...
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Carbon damage assessment

Is it safe to ride? Will jb weld fill do the trick? Seems like this damage was caused by a to wide tire rubbing the frame. I don’t see any fibers exposed to be honest(but I might not know what I’m ...
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can you tell me anything about this bike. frame/brakes, etc

my friend inherited this bike. curious what he has. thank you!
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What's the difference between more or less expensive carbon wheels?

I've got a gravel bike, and since I sometimes take it on road rides, I am thinking about getting a set of carbon wheels with road tires to swap out with the knobby tires I already have which work ...
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Are carbon wheels suited to gravel riding?

I have a mid-range gravel bike, and I am interested in upgrading the wheels. I was thinking of getting deep-ish carbon wheels (~40mm or so) so that I would also have an upgrade path if I want to ...
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Is this a crack? Came off my Carbon frame for the first time

A guy on his phone just walked out in front of me into the bike lane and I plowed him at about 30kms. I walked away without a scratch and he absorbed most of the impact but my bike did hit the ground. ...
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Carbon fork - removed exapnder plug before loosening stem

So I forgot about the correct procedure and removed the expander plug on my carbon fork before unfastening the stem's bolts (carbon-specific stem, 5 Nm, unscrewed stem right after removing plug, and ...
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Replacing internally routed cable with no access holes

I have this 2013(ish?) Vellum Uno on which I'm trying to replace my front derailleur cable. I was unable to do the yarn trick where you tie a piece of string to the cable before pulling it out (the ...
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A vibration with a loud grinding sound may start at speeds over 35hm/h on my 12-year-old carbon fibre road bicycle

The problem began last summer about 2 hours into a ride on rolling hills when I went over a small but sharp bump across road. I have tried to identify and repair problem since then. I have replaced ...
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Cracked carbon frame near seat post

A thick crack has appeared on the rear side of my carbon frame near the seat post. The crack formed after adjusting the seat post to the maximum recommended height. How might this have happened? Is ...
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How to restore broken rear disc brake mount in carbon frame?

Look at the image: Bike model is Rocky Mountain Vertex 990. The frame is broken in a way that it's impossible to install rear disc brake. Possibly there may be a frame deformation. Is it even ...
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Carbon Fibre Bike Re spray

I have a carbon fibre bike that i am looking to get re sprayed I have found a powder coating company near me Profin can you actually paint fibre or will it need to be wet sprayed??
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Overheating: Are Latex inner tubes on rim brake carbon wheels safe?

Currently I'm using standard butyl inner tubes on my clincher carbon wheels. My bike uses rim brakes, and searching on internet I have found that carbon rims are not great for dissipating heat: ...
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Chain damaged carbon frame. How to remedy?

During a recent fall, my chain came off my front chainring, and scratched up my frame. It looks to me like it's just the paint that's damaged but would appreciate a second opinion. The bike is a Trek ...
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Does carbon fiber not have a fatigue life?

I’ve heard carbon fiber “has no fatigue life”, meaning it doesn’t weaken from (intended) use, as long as it is free of defects and damage. But there are a lot of different types of carbon fiber… I was ...
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Do I need to apply something on thru axle?

I've just bought my first carbon frame roadbike and realised that it has thru axle (previously I had quick release). Before I would do anything stupid, could someone give me advice if I should apply ...
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Possible damage in carbon fork of used road bike I'm about to buy

I'm about to buy this used Giant TCR (year?) road bike, but I noticed it has a raised mark on one side of the fork. The bike shop knows nothing about it and it seems structurally fine. May it look ...
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Help pick between BMC and Diamondback 29er hardtails [closed]

Looking to get a new 29er hardtail with a carbon frame, down to 2 options, need some help deciding. My most typical riding use case is get out early in the morning, do 20-90 miles on a mix of paved, ...
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Structural Stability of Carbon Rim

I recently purchased some carbon rims for my road bike and there appears to be some buldging forming around the rim. I'm no expert in carbon fibre and I was wondering whether the wheel is still safe ...
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I'm not sure if a torque wrench was used in assembling my carbon bike

I was given a brand new carbon mountain bike by my uncle, he assembled it himself about 18 days ago. My problem is that I am not sure if he used a torque wrench when he assembled the bike. I would ...
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Carbon rim white after applying Gorilla super gel glue - cause for concern?

Rode over a big nail the other day which not only went through the (tubeless) tyre, but also made a significant hole in the rim. Before retaping the rum, I applied Gorilla super gel glue yesterday to ...
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Looking for a entry-level carbon 29" hardtail in US - where to buy? [closed]

looking for a new bike and decided that 29" hardtail with good carbon frame is the way to go. I am looking at $2000-3000 budget, and it seems that I can find something within this range if I look ...
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Carbon Bike Frame Chip At Rear Wheel [duplicate]

I was wondering if this is fixable?
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Rim brake mark on carbon disc wheels. Are they unsafe?

So I purchased this wheelset a while back for a CX build. When they arrived I could see that the previous owner had tried to run them with rim brakes, leaving a mark on the carbon rim. The rim brake ...
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Most appropriate roof rack style for carbon framed mountain bike?

I have a CC Carbon Santa Cruz Hightower, which I would very much like to look after the frame. I have read in a couple of places that it can be dangerous/damaging to clamp onto carbon frames, so does ...
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carbon frame bike ktm revelator 4000 2017 damaged

KTM 2017 revelator 4000 in the bottom of the frame I have noticed this failure/puncture. Would you trust the damage here in the picture?
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Carbon fork steerer defect?

Any carbon experts out there? I have zero experience with carbon-* anything. A brand new unused monocoque CF fork arrived from the manufacturer. Steerer has an imperfection in it. Very difficult to ...
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Is it safe to ride the carbon bike with a small crack on the bottom of the chain stay? Looks cosmetic but fails the tap test

The chainstay cracked after air travel. Update: I have brought the frame to a carbon repair shop for repair. The cost would be 500ish, including the touch-up paint. Tips for future flight travelers: ...
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Reconciling the two aspects: carbon is stiffer for power, but offers a softer ride

At times composite (carbon) is touted as being stiffer than (aluminum) alloys as well as stiffer than steel (leaving Titanium to a different discussion). This means that the frame will not yield (much)...
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Scratch or Crack?

I'm curious on opinions if this is a crack or a scratch. No crashes. No drops. Yes creaking.
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Water bottle rivnuts preventing dropper post getting low enough, carbon frame

I didn't realise this bike had a second set of drink bottle bolt holes on vertical length of the front triangle, they're stopping the seat post getting as low as I would like it. If I drill the ...
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Carbon fiber aesthetics vs. poor craftsmanship vs. possible repair? [duplicate]

Today a N.O.S. 2016 Stumpjumper FSR carbon frame set arrived, and I'm not impressed with some aspects of the way the carbon fiber front triangle appears. My CF experience is limited having only owned ...
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Post crash damage assessment: can I keep this carbon fork and this front wheel?

Today I crashed. I had to slam the brakes hard downhill as to avoid a worse crash. Split second decision, it's the way I explain it. As a consequence I went over the handlebars. Landed not too poorly, ...
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Brake damaged carbon frame — what to do?

I packed my Edmonda SL5 carbon frame for a road trip. In the bag, the front brake touched the frame and left a mark — definitely deeper than just the paintwork. It's unclear how deep the damage is to ...
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Carbon crack or cosmetic damage? [duplicate]

I have a new bike and after a bikefit (it was causing me kneepain) I had to raise the saddle and noticed a crack. I only use a torque wrench and tighten it to 4Nm usually so I can't overtighten (4.5 - ...
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Carbon Specialized Sirrus X5.0 Help

I am very new to this thread and seeking help from an experienced bike enthusiast. I just purchased the aforementioned bike in the title and after bringing it home for inspection(bought brand new from ...
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Falling over on carbon frame bike -- likely to cause damage?

As per my last post, I'm learning how to use clipless shoes. First 3 days of practice went fine, but on the 4th I came to a stop and couldn't get my foot out in time -- in truth, I got one foot out, ...
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Is my carbon frame done?

I have a carbon trek Emonda bicycle. Today, my rear derailleur got caught in my wheel. As a result, the rear derailleur is bent, the rear derailleur hanger snapped off, the chain got twisted and the ...
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Cosmetic or structural damage to Carbon Crank Arm

So I have a carbon fibre SLK Light Crankset and I managed to scratch up the right crank arm and the end has chipped off. I was wondering whether this is structural damage or cosmetic damage. It has ...
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What do I do when I am unsure if damaged carbon fiber is safe to use or needs replacing or repairing?

Intended as a canonical answer to the many questions we have about damage to carbon parts. It is well known that carbon fiber parts can be damaged and fail, and carbon parts can be fragile when ...
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Chips in carbon frame - how worried should I be?

I am looking for a second hand road bike. This is to be my first mid-range bike, and my first introduction to carbon frames. I have done a bit of research, and am aware of the potential risks of ...
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Are these scratches at carbon fiber something to worry? [duplicate]

the seller showed me all the scratches at the bike and told that they happened when he was carrying bike and & changing rear wheel all the time. I did not notice any other scratches at the frame. ...

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