Questions tagged [carbon]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
2answers
75 views

Aluminium Aerobars on Carbon Handelbars

Since I want to build up a new bike with road or gravel handelbars and aerobars I try to get as much information about it as possible. Now I have just watched a video where the person in it says (at ...
3
votes
1answer
119 views

Are carbon fiber rims susceptible to fatigue?

While reading this question's take on the wearing out of aluminum rims used on bikes with disc brake systems, the inquiry was projected further to include carbon fiber, disc brake rims. Do carbon ...
5
votes
1answer
195 views

Cube stereo 150 race “do not clamp” warning

I have the following warning on my (carbon) CUBE stereo 150 race (2019) : Ultra thinwall tubeset DO NOT CLAMP Currently I clamp my bike like this, and make sure that there is nearly no force ...
11
votes
6answers
71k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
57 views

What weave is the carbon of this carbon wheel?

what weave is this carbon wheel? the brake track and rim are of different weaves? please explain, thanks.
8
votes
1answer
102 views

Is it necessary to reinforce a carbon fiber steer tube?

There seems to a belief circulating online that carbon fiber steer tubes need to be reinforced with the compression plug specifically underneath the clamp points of the stem. If this is true, why isn'...
3
votes
2answers
268 views

Carbon fiber fork scratched. Paint over or replace?

I'm new to carbon fiber in general. The other day my fork scraped up on some concrete. I'm not too worried if it's a scratch; however, I am worried if it means the fork is a goner. I've posted a ...
2
votes
1answer
110 views

Tightening steerer expander/compressor and spacer positions with a carbon fork

I had ugly clicking noises coming from the headset before and after a warranty exchange of a fork (the reason for the exchange was on the other end). I have identified the clicking as coming from the ...
2
votes
1answer
132 views

Carbon frame damage from chain

Sustained some damage from a chain coming off, and it's done some rather nasty damage to the paint, frame itself looks OK? Other bikes I own have a metal plate here to protect the frame, is this not ...
16
votes
5answers
18k views

Should I grease a carbon fiber seat post?

I was reading a recent question when I saw this answer: You should absolutely grease your seatpost (unless it is carbon fiber). Why should I NOT grease a carbon fiber seat post?
0
votes
1answer
76 views

What does MSL stand for with Rocky Mountain carbon bikes?

I see the carbon fiber bikes from Rocky Mountain bikes use MSL in their branding (up until 2016, at least). What for the letters stand for?
4
votes
4answers
12k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
67 views

Fork load capacity

I saw that the carbon fork of a bike has load capacity of 9 kg. Isn't it way too little? I assume my weight (and that of cargo) does not spread evenly 50/50 on front and back wheels but still, say the ...
1
vote
0answers
70 views

Carbon integrated seatpost small dent

I have a Ridley Noah frame that has a really small dent in the integrated seatpost, the dent itself does not seem to be caused by an object hitting it. It looks like it has been caused by hanging it ...
1
vote
0answers
167 views

A carbon fracture or a paint crack?

I’ve spotted this crack on my carbon fork, only on the left side. The crack is exactly at the joint of aluminum dropout and carbon body of the fork. My bike is a 2010 Trek Madone Project One (OCLV ...
1
vote
2answers
12k views

Aluminum forks vs. carbon forks (with aluminum frames) what are the trade offs? [duplicate]

The all-aluminum frame bike will be cheaper. The aluminum fork should be more robust and less prone to breakage. The carbon fork will be more shock absorbing and comfortable. That's kind of how I ...
3
votes
0answers
93 views

Mavic Cosmic SLS - carbon separation

Some aero’ wheels are an aluminium rim with a carbon fibre shroud. On a Mavic Cosmic SLS rear wheel, I’ve found that the carbon fibre shroud is separating from the aluminium rim. Just visible in the ...
11
votes
3answers
14k views

Attaching a stem to a carbon steerer: how much torque?

So I decided to travel with my bike this week and to my surprise discovered that the steerer is carbon fiber. I had removed the stem from the steerer for packing but naively assumed it was aluminum ...
2
votes
1answer
173 views

Damaged carbon fibre wheels

Can anybody tell me if you can repair a Wolber Carima carbon fibre wheel that has a chip on the rim?
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Is this a crack on the carbon frame?

I have just noticed this on the top of my saddle bar and where the seat post clamp is. Is it a crack probably caused by the saddle pressure?
4
votes
3answers
893 views

How to assess safety of carbon frame after crash?

I was recently hit by a car which pulled onto a roundabout. The driver hadn't seen me. The car hit me hard enough to actually snap the rim of my rear wheel. The bike has a carbon fibre frame and ...
5
votes
2answers
155 views

Which kind of test has bike parts to pass to be sold?

This is a question regarding bureaucracy/testing. What are the quality tests / standards that a bicycle and/or its parts need to pass before access the market? I am thinking about Germany/USA and ...
26
votes
11answers
47k views

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 ...
19
votes
1answer
5k views

Why can't a child bike seat be mounted on a carbon frame?

I have bought a BoBike junior bike seat for the rear of my bike which is a Cargo bike but the seat instruction says it can’t be mounted on carbon frames, baffles me as to why?
4
votes
3answers
1k views

Is it safe to use aluminium seatpost adapter (27.2mm to 31.6mm) for a carbon frame?

I have Cane Creek Thudbuster Seastpost (aluminium) 27.2mm x 400mm which i want to use for a bike with a carbon frame (31.6mm seat-tube). I'm thinking about getting a seatpost adapter/shim from 27.2mm ...
0
votes
1answer
74 views

Gates carbon drive on carbon frame

It is hard to prove non-existence, but as far as my research goes, there is no carbon frame available for belt drive systems like Gates. My guess is that this is due to the requirement to be able to ...
4
votes
5answers
490 views

Is there any reason for the rear frame and bottom bracket to be asymmetric?

I just received a new non-brand carbon frame and immediately noticed that the bottom bracket looks to stick out significantly more to one side than the other, and the rear bottom forks also seem to be ...
0
votes
2answers
121 views

How to judge grade of carbon frame?

Last weekend, a friend told me about a local bicycle shop(Metro Cycles) selling a Carbon Cycle of Hamilton brand. This brand is sort of known in India but only for cheap bicycles. Later I figured out ...
3
votes
2answers
243 views

Mavic wheels out of true after 200km, is normal?

I bought set of Mavic wheels, and today I noticed that the front and rear wheel is around 1,5mm out true after 200km of ride. Im curious whether it is normal. I have pair of those
8
votes
7answers
6k views

Is it worth buying carbon fiber road bike for short commutes?

I'm planning to use a bike for rather short commutes (max half an hour), will the carbon fiber be noticeably more comfortable than aluminium one?
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Are full carbon forks less prone to failing from hidden defects than those with alloy steerers?

Are full carbon forks less prone to failing from hidden defects than those with alloy steerers? Even though the mechanics couldn't find problems with Richard Stanton's bike, his fork failed ...
2
votes
2answers
215 views

Is this cracked?

I am buying a bike from eBay and before I bid on it I just wanted to know what you though about one of the pictures. The bike is carbon and it looks like some paint has come off. What do you think ...
3
votes
1answer
203 views

Doubts about carbon fork condition

I've recently bought a second-hand Fuji Jari 1.7 (http://archive.fujibikes.com/2018/Fuji/jari-172). It's in good condition and works without problems, the only thing I'm slightly worried about is the ...
2
votes
2answers
528 views

Time trial carbon frame scratches. Should I concern?

While cleaning my time trial bike I've noticed many scratches in the frame. See pictures below. My tire pressure is usually around 100 psi, depending on the weather conditions or circuit. My wheels ...
1
vote
1answer
337 views

Paint scratch or carbon crack?

I might just be overly paranoid, but does the line in the image (to the left of the glare) look like a paint scratch or could it be a sign of a spreading crack?
3
votes
2answers
604 views

Noticed a scratch on my carbon steerer, should I be worried?

Pictures: https://imgur.com/a/0cWtcsS My nail gets caught in the center and it feels sort of rough. I had my stem tightened at 4NM and the headset seemed to be properly adjusted. I have once ...
3
votes
2answers
5k views

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 fork ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

Carbon Fibre Mountain Bikes

Has anyone had experience with carbon fiber mountain bikes? I'm still skeptical as to how robust they are. Is it true that a scratch will make the frame useless? And Trek has this process called OCLV ....
2
votes
1answer
73 views

Loose TT Bar Pads

I have Easton attack carbon TT bars which have pads that are riveted on. One has now come loose and is wobbly. I have tried to drill out and re-rivet them on but the problem comes back. Does anyone ...
2
votes
3answers
150 views

Is it cheaper to mass produce a carbon frame than an aluminium frame?

I've heard this comment but I have not found any information about it. Is it true?
11
votes
2answers
3k views

Crack in fork or just paint

Yesterday I saw something like a crack in the carbon fork of my roadbike. Now I don't have any clue if this is a really a crack or just the paint. Maybe someone can help me or tell me how to find out. ...
10
votes
4answers
6k views

Why do some road bikes cost more than motorbikes? Are they grossly overpriced? [closed]

I have seen quite some carbon fiber bikes that cost upwards of $4000. Why do these bikes cost so much when one can get a very good motorbike for $3000? A motorbike comes equipped with several ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

Damping effects of carbon forks

Around where I live the common wisdom is that on a road, gravel or similar bike, a carbon fork will cushion some of the vibration more than a metal fork. On some web discussion forums I see that ...
4
votes
1answer
369 views

Carbon fiber crank arm with scratches--how much damage is a concern?

I have a compact SRAM red crankset with carbon fiber crank arms. On the left side, the outside coating on the end has chipped off from sometimes colliding with the ground while turning. At what ...
3
votes
2answers
69 views

Can’t find name of a product used in carbon fiber repairs

Several years ago, I watched a youtube tutorial about repairing carbon fiber. I can’t find that video now, but one of the first steps, before applying sheets of cabon fiber, the guy used a compound ...
0
votes
1answer
343 views

How to remove alu seat post from carbon frame?

My aluminium seat post is seized into my carbon frame. To make matters worse the seat post is snapped at the seat post collar - nasty crash. Anyone have a way to get it out? Or is it time for the ...
1
vote
3answers
188 views

Upgrading priorities

What is the first component upgrade to a 105 groupset? do I need to stick to Shimano? The crankset is Oval Concepts 520, forged 6066 arms, 52/36T. The bike a 2016 Fuji Altamira 1.3, STI 11 spd, ...
8
votes
2answers
2k views

Putting a front Derailleur on a carbon frame

Do you put anything under the clamp on the carbon to protect it? In the past I've tightened brakes on MTB handle bars to much and wrecked them so I'm wondering.
6
votes
1answer
7k views

Can I use brake pads for carbon wheels with aluminum wheels?

I bought a bicycle with carbon wheels, and for training I purchased an aluminum wheelset. I have SwissStop brake pads. Can I use them with aluminum wheels? I don't care much if these pads wear out ...
4
votes
2answers
279 views

How to secure a fully carbon (aero) bike when washing/repairing on a stand?

My bike is fully carbon (frame, seatpost, saddle etc...) and I clean it regularly. I have read/heard from multiple sources that you should not clamp carbon materials when using a bike stand. However, ...