Questions tagged [carbon]

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

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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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What do I do when I am unsure if a carbon fiber component 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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Bikepacking With A Carbon Bike

I'm looking at doing a decently long bikepacking trip mostly on road. I currently have a carbon framed orbea avant endurance bike. I'd like to do the ride without necessarily buying a new bikepacking ...
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Canyon ULT and Wahoo Kickr

Bought a wahoo Kickr in November and noticed a small chip to my canyon ultimate carbon frame. In January, Canyon announced the Ultimate was not compatible with Kickr. I'm dealing with Canyon and Wahoo,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 (example pictured ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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drilling hole in carbon frame

I would like to upgrade a carbon fiber bike (Scott CR1) to Ultegra Di2 with internal wiring. Can I drill a hole where the cable holders are located (one next to the fork, one near the bottom crank &...
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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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Carbon or paint crack

Does this crack look cosmetic or structural to you? It's tiny hairline thick. UPDATE: I took the bike to trek store and their technician looked at it (I think he simply did tap test) and said he ...
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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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Matt black carbon bike

Just want to ask about the finish of matt black carbon bike. I bought a brand new specialized carbon bike. And the surfaces are like the images. I thought it’s kind of smudges or smears that could be ...
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What should the torque of an expander plug in a carbon fork be?

What torque should be used for the expander plug in a carbon fork? This one shows 8NM, which seems high Manufacturers rarely seem to supply this information, yet tightening too much could damage the ...
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Damaged Carbon Steerer Tube, repair/replacement?

I cracked the top of my 2007 Schwinn 1 1/8 fork black label steerer tube. What kinds of repair are available? Should I just buy a new name-brand carbon fork, e.g., Canondale, GT, Trek on ebay?
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Is 2kg static cross-load dangerous for a carbon frame?

The bicycle is a carbon fiber cross-country machine. It is from a local manufacturer, not a well known one. Compared to other CF bikes but for more aggressive riding, when I knock on the tubes it ...
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manufacturing debris inside carbon fork steerer tube

I bought a 90mm compression plug so it would extend about 30mm into the bike's head-tube. But when the carbon steerer tube was cut to desired length, the compression plug could only be inserted to ...
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Weird discolouration of carbon frame

I bought a used BMC Granfondo 01 which has a carbon frame. The frame is solid (no chips or cracks), but it's full of weird discolouration. It looks like there were be stickers in the places where ...
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Frame dropout cracked, what can I do? (Allied Alfa Disc / carbon)

The frame thru axel hole/dropout cracked while using my wahoo kickr trainer. Is this crack dangerous? If it is, what can I do?
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Slotted or unslotted crown race with tapered carbon steerers

Does a tapered carbon steerer (40mm at the crown) typically require a slotted crown race if the steerer lacks an integrated bevel on which the lower bearing can rest? I have a Cane Creek Forty headset ...
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Recommendation for Carbon Hybrid Bike [closed]

After some trial and error (see another post of mine), I finally settled in on getting a carbon hybrid bike. I want carbon because it is lighter and I want a hybrid because I prefer a flat bar (just ...
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Product compatability (bottom bracket and frame)

I love biking, but I'm really no mechanic. I currently have a Shimano M6100 groupset (Deore) with me. A friend is going to give me a good deal on a carbon MTB frame, but I'm worried about ...
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Should an integrated crown race of an carbon fork be greased before assembly?

I'm assembling a 3T Exploro Team 2020. It seems like the fork has an integrated crown race. Should it be greased before assembly and pre-loading?
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Are these shallow gouges and imperfections on a new carbon fork steerer benign or serious?

I have never had a carbon component on any of my bikes, so I have no idea what sorts of imperfections are perfectly normal minor blemishes that pose no risk. I'm building the bike for a family member ...
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Aerobar, why would carbon cost more than aluminum?

I think carbon parts are generally more expensive to their aluminum counterparts. I'm perplexed because aluminum version is cheaper and weighs less too? What am I missing? Example: Profile design ...
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Carbon taperd road fork - use crown race or not?

I have a 2016 Trek Emonda ALR 5 with a carbon fork. I am assembling the bike after general maintenance, and have noticed that I am missing (or: think I'm missing = am not sure) a crown race for the ...
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Carbon fork crack?

I have aluminum bike with carbon fork, this is in the front of the carbon fork, it is in both sides of it? It's a carbon crack or paint crack?
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Maximum load of seat and quality of cheap carbon seats from China

I ride daily a single speed bike in the city, where is a lot of bumps, pothole etc. I would like to replace my current heavy seat (550g) for something very light. On eBay are available some cheap “...

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