I know this question has been asked many times, but I've yet to find my exact situation. Today I layed my road bike down on its side at what I estimate was about 10-12 mph. I have a carbon fiber fork, and I've heard the horror stories about catastrophic failures of damaged CF. I'm not sure exactly what component impacted the ground. However, I cannot spot any damage whatsoever to the fork. No cracks or paint chips whatsoever, and I was clipped in so my upper leg and hip absorbed most of the impact. I've gone over the bike pretty thoroughly, and the only noticeable damage was that the impact knocked the brake hood at an angle (quick fix). I tried the tap test on the fork, but I really don't know what to look for. So here is my question:
- What is the likelihood that, with no visible damage to fork, front tire, spokes or rim, that the carbon fiber was in fact damaged in the crash?
- If it is unlikely that there is any damage, should I keep the fork and ride it anyway?
I'll be taking it in to the shop that sold it to me to have it checked out when I can find the time, just trying to find out what I'm in for (college student so my budget is tight)
Thanks for any help