Questions tagged [carbon]

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

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Differences between bikes 10 years ago and now?

I'm not too knowledgeable on high-end racing bikes, but I'm looking at getting a used Specialized Roubaix, and I was wondering whether enough significant advances have been made since 2007 to consider ...
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Is this MTB a good bike or a BSO? Deserve carbon MTB [closed]

A guy wants to sell it to me second-hand, according to him hardly used. He bought it for USD850, trying to sell it for USD 180 to me. Is it ok to buy? I'm worried because it's imported wholesale from ...
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What to do with scratched top tube on carbon fiber frame with no structural damage?

No physical damage, if i press into it nor while riding. I did wipe the surface to get rid of dirt and paint chip. Attached also a video to demonstrate the scratch. Should i put epoxy or tape or nail ...
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What is the best head set for a metal fork on a carbon frame? [closed]

I want to put a Chris King or cane Creek headset on a 29 inch carbon fiber frame using a rock shox SID fork. What is the best headset for this?
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How do you spot fake Campagnolo Bora's?

I have my eye on a set of second hand Campagnolo Bora Ultra two rims that are being sold by a friend for someone else. In South Africa the rims cost about +- R25 k (Rand is South Africa's currency) ...
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What are these mounts for on inside edge of carbon fiber fork?

I just got a new Tommaso Sterrata. I commute during the winter so I'm looking to put fenders on. I know I can get fenders that clip onto the fork instead of being mounted, but while inspecting the ...
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carbon seat post to carbon seat tube - necessary to loosen periodically to prevent seizing in place?

I recently (about 4 months ago) purchased a bike with a carbon frame (i.e. carbon seat tube) and a carbon seat post. I've read some nightmare stories about having to replace an entire carbon frame in ...
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How do different frame materials affect the handling of a bike?

I can appreciate that some materials are lighter than others and some have more flex than others, but overall, how do different frame materials affect handling of the bike? Assuming the same geometry ...
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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 ...
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Aluminum alloy or carbon fibre handlebar? [closed]

Should I buy a carbon fibre handebar or an aluminium alloy one for a mountain bike? I would prefer the stiffest, as I do tricks but I don't really know which one is the stiffest. I seen both aluminum ...
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How to clean sticky brake dust from carbon fiber fork?

After having wiped by Specialized Langster 2017 carbon fiber fork with a water soaked cloth, there's still some sticky brake dust left. How do I remove that without harming the carbon fiber or the ...
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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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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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Maximum carbon steer tube length? [duplicate]

When cutting a 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" carbon steer tube, what is the maximum length you can leave outside the head tube and the stem clamp? Is there a maximum? How would you determine what the maximum steer ...
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Carbon Fibre Frame Paint Chip from Stuck chain

My chain got stuck between smallest chainring and carbon fibre frame.. The paint chipped in one place and there is a half mm scratch in another place.. What is the chance that it damaged the carbon ...
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Carbon Frame Ding

Today I had my Tarmac propped up against a rock wall and it slid down, scratching the paint/frame on the seat stay. I'm pretty new to carbon frames, and have heard they are relatively sturdy, but ...
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Chinese carbon clinchers - cheap but safe?

Ok. I won't mention links, ebay posts, or anything that may tempt you in any way, like I was. However, they are growing in popularity at my local and some guys swear by them. We all know buying local ...
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can I use an aluminium seatpost to install a tagalong on a carbon fiber frame?

I've been told not to put a tagalong on my carbon bike because the carbon seat post could crack because they aren't designed to withstand the lateral tension of having the tagalong mounted there. I'm ...
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carbon vs aluminium frame vibration absorption? bumpiness?

is there any data/measurements of any aluminium road bikes vs carbon road bikes wrt to vibration. it is widely stated that carbon is a smoother ride, but the best i can find out on the subject is ...
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What type of brake pads should I run on my Shimano RS80 C24 wheels?

I recently purchased a new (used) bike that has Shimano RS80 C24 wheels. The wheels say "carbon" on the side, though a couple of different sites indicate they feature a carbon and alloy laminate ...
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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 ...
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Frame Or Paint Crack (Cannondale Super Six Carbon)

I am about to pull the trigger on a used 2012 Cannondale SuperSix bike. This would be my first bike and I'm very excited. However I am a bit concerned about some cracks. Seller claims paint is ...
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Denied warranty claim on carbon bike due to impact?

I saw a little crack on the bottom section top tube of bike which is a kestrel talon. I took it the bike shop to see if it was covered under warranty. I have fallen once or twice from the bike but I ...
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Is there a ulock mount that uses the bottle cage openings?

I found one that a guy made I think with 3d printers or something but seems like an excellent solution. I have a carbon frame bike and I don't want to use traditional ulock mount at the top because ...
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Safest way to carry luggage on my carbon frame?

I'm planning a 5 day trip on my Trek Madone 4.5. We are planning on staying motels so don't need to carry camping equipment. I need to find some type of rack that is compatible with my carbon frame - ...
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Ritchey carbon MTB fork dropout wear

I was inspecting my carbon fork dropouts and I noticed the deformation of the edge on the outer side of the right dropout that makes me unhappy. I don't know what is the reason of this issue. Here are ...
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Lugged carbon frame repair

In broad terms, I'm wondering if it is possible to repair a high quality lugged carbon frame, say a Colnago C60, that has been cracked in the top and/or down-tube. Normally once a carbon frame has a ...
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When to change road bike

I own this Fuij Roubaix 2008 model road bike, its an aluminium frame with carbon front and rear forks. I already did 25000km on the bike and replaced wheels, chainring, a couple of cassettes, chains ...
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Can a carbon fiber bike have rack eyelets?

With the new generation of gravel bikes, I was curious if any of them are being made with carbon fiber frames and rack eyelets. Are carbon frames capable of bearing the weight of racks installed on ...
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Specialized Allez - Upgrade to Carbon Seatpost for Long Distance Comfort?

A bit of background: I've been riding a stock 2012 Specialized Allez since I bought it (in 2012). I am a larger guy (105 kg), and tend to go for rides in the 50-100+ km range. No matter what I wear ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?