Bicycle Mechanics - Repair to Carbon Fiber Frame
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11-14-05, 08:28 PM
Here is the hard question.
I shipped my Roubaix via UPS. During shipping the brake stop was 'yanked' off the frame :( - seems that the rivets didnot hold. Yes, it was very likely a sloppy packing by my LBS - so let's not start the blame discussion. Not my intent here. UPS has re-imbursed for replacement cost. :D
Now to the point of the question: Has anyone ever seen a carbon fiber frame repaired? We are, I believe, talking about a riveting job - done by someone that knows what they are dealing with. I am not interested in spending a lot on this effort. Giving the repaired bke to some other deserviing cyclist would be my end here. Perhaps even my father. :)
Anyway, all feedback would be most helpful
If all that is involved is a missing cable stop,and no structural frame damage,brake housing can be run full length and zip tied in place.
11-15-05, 02:14 AM
Some people drill out their cable stops in order to run full length housing. It prevents the cable from getting dirty and corroded. Sounds like you have two carbon frames now.
Yes, it was very likely a sloppy packing by my LBS - so let's not start the blame discussion. Not my intent here. UPS has re-imbursed for replacement cost. :D
UPS only reimburses for damage when they have determined that the packaging job was up to their standards. Not the shop's fault, but I digress. It is interesting, however, to hear them mention that no bike company packs their bikes to UPS' standards.
As others have suggested, full length cable is going to be your best bet, or you could get one of the problem solvers bolt on housing stops. That assumes you could find a suitable area (round) to locate the cable stop and wouldn't go crazy with the torque on it.
I am sure that a good FRP/carbon tech could do a decent job of it (but these guys can be hrd to find unless you know someone in those circles). However, it is likely not worth the cost or effort given the felitively inexpensive full length cable option. Bob
11-16-05, 11:41 AM
Yes, I now have two frames the damaged Roubaix Comp (2005 model) and now the 2006 Tarmac Comp.
May just end up taking all the Dura_ace components off and selling them on eBay. Keep an eye out there; one year of minor use and in excellent, carefully maintained condition.
Trying to decide what to do with the Roubaix frame. Sure have found the Tarmac to be a great ride; aggressive and responsive. Wow!
11-16-05, 12:07 PM
There are clamp on and stick on cable stops.
11-16-05, 01:53 PM
You should be able to epoxy the stop back together, provided the parts are intact.
11-16-05, 01:54 PM
Damn, what a lucky man you are. Wow. I don't really know why UPS doesn't take the "damaged" frame away in these cases, but good for you anyway.
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