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With other items sliding around I'd suggest a case where you don't need to take the bike fully apart to pack it. I think there are some you can just take the front wheel off of and pack it. If you can't do something like that you could use bungie cords to secure it and go to the hardware store and get some foam padding to put around the frame and drivetrain. ...


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Helicopter tape. Underside of down tube and bottom bracket shell, plus anywhere your bags or housings rub.


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More aggressive bikes, both carbon and aluminum, often come with moulded plastic or rubber downtube guards. They prevent rocks from slowly eroding the paint and relatively light BB strikes. The drive side chain stay is usually protected too by a rubber guard. I personally have the car vinyl wrap on my downtube. It does help protect against rock chips and ...


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Carbon is not as fragile as many think. The tubes on such bikes will be built to handle typical riding for that bike - for gravel bikes this is probably not smashing the down tube onto a rock, but it will handle rocks flicking up and hitting the down tube without suffering structural damage, A typical Carbon MTB should be able to handle a reasonable knock to ...


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From here it's hard to tell if it's a crack through the steel or just in the paint. You need to take it all apart and bead- blast the area in order to clean and inspect it. It's probably too hard to tell otherwise, through the rust and paint. If you don't have a bead blaster, perhaps paint stripper and wire brushes might be sufficient. If that crack goes all ...


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I doubt it. There is a good chance that the extender is sturdier than the fixed derailleur hanger, in which case it would add leverage, making a bent or broken hanger even more likely.


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That's definitely tire rub. That frame has horizontal drop-outs to allow you to adjust the forward-back position of the wheel. When you take the wheel out, look in the dropout and you should see screws in there. I found a photo on the slowtwitch forum. Back them out a bit and then do another test fit. Make sure that the skewer is properly tightened too so ...


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Looks like you have had significant tire rub on the frame for a while. I'm surprised you did not notice the friction and drag. If the abrasion is not all the way through the paint (the worst seems to be into the light colored primer) then you are probably OK in terms of physical damage. I might still be concerned about the possibility of heat damage, but if ...


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I am not sure how helpful paint protective or any film will be from a hard impact on a mountain bike trail. However, for things like rocks being kicked up or a light scrap, I think paint protective film will work well. I used XPEL Track Wrap on my Road Bike and it works well to protect the paint from rock chips and cable rub. It is easy to apply (i.e. no ...


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Have you heard of RideWrap? https://www.ridewrap.ca/ They make options to cover any kind of bike. You can cover just the essential high wear areas like the down tube and top tube and chain and seat stays, or the entire bike from head tube to rear axle.


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No, a hanger extender cannot be used as replaceable hanger for the following reason: a hanger extender is bolted on where the current derailleur is bolted on (in the current hanger thus) allowing the derailleur to be bolted on even lower. Thus, a hanger extender extends the current hanger (fixed or attached). If you want to protect yourself against the ...


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Carbon frames are strong, but when struck hard, they can crack, which is quite nasty. Aluminium frames just dent and rarely crack. Depending on how you ride and where you ride, a downtube protector may be something to consider. It's not necessarily for protecting the structural integrity of your frame since, you would probably need a rock the size of a small ...


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