Tell me your carbon horror stories
Snapped an Easton CNT riser a few years ago
To be fair it was a pretty big crash, downhill 20 mph+ tried to cut a corner and the front end washed out, instintively tried to correct it and went pinging over the bars, hitting the bars on the way over them and breaking them , and a rib, in the process.
I didn't blame the bars, I bought a replacement set a week later and they are on their second bike still going strong 4 years laterPosted 7 years agoTi29erMember
I took off much of the lacquer from the down tube.
Having spoken to a number of companies who deal with CF, whilst looking to have it repaired, I have come to better understand that there are a few pit falls:
1) If it is punctured, or the weave is cracked or split you must have it looked at.
2) If the lacquer is removed it MUST not get wet as this soaks into the CF weave. Re-coat the damaged area.
3)Crushing can also be catastropic.
The only way to be sure is to have it X-rayed.
There are companies who can replace or mend damaged CF, including atlantic-boulevardPosted 7 years agotrbMember
I once bought some Carbon patches to prevent cable rub & chain slap from chipping my paintwork and they fell off after 2 rides.
My carbon frame, bars, seatpost and cranks all had to be sold as well to finance a proper metal bike with a kiddie seat, so that means I'll never be buying carbon again.
I'll be interested to see the reduction in peoples foreign travel when the Boeing Dreamliner & Airbus A350 XWB both enter service as they are basically big carbon tubes with carbon bits glued on each side.Posted 7 years agotronMember
I'll be interested to see the reduction in peoples foreign travel when the Boeing Dreamliner & Airbus A350 XWB both enter service as they are basically big carbon tubes with carbon bits glued on each side.
It's very different to a carbon bike though. People don't put aeroplanes on top of each other in the back of their cars, crash and reuse them, or subject them to abrasion from branches and flying rocks.
The issue for carbon with me is that you cannot tell when something is on its way out – it seems like any damage to a carbon component could lead to sudden failure. Not my cup of tea at all.Posted 7 years agoobirobkenoMember
No horror story here, but I bought an Easton EC70 handlebar from my cousin (he'd only ridden on it twice) just over a year ago. It's my first carbon bit and, so far, no problems. Not overly different to the aluminium version, though I'm careful about throwing the bike around in a temper! 😆Posted 7 years ago
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