Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Northeast Alabama
Bikes: Litespeed,Quintana Roo
Bonded carbon tubes on aluminum frame
Has anybody ever tried to replace any of the tubes on an aluminum bike with carbon fiber tubing? I'm talking about say an old Cannondale with a damaged downtube, would it be possible to replace the down tube and maybe others with carbon tubes? Years ago I really wanted a Trek carbon fiber bike. A friend of mine had one, I think it was a 2300 might have been 2400 or 2500 I think it had Shimano 600 components. I wanted one but didn't have the money. I inquired about just buying a frame but the cost was almost as much as the entire bike. Anyway, I like the idea of mixed materials and I always loved the looks of the aluminum and carbon frames. Specialized made one too and I'm sure several other companies did too. So I would like to make one out of an old CannonDale or I could buy a different frame but I wouldn't want to spend too much on my first try. So if anybody knows anything about doing this please let me know. I've searched different sites and I have never seen one online. I have no experience with carbon but I have worked a little with fiberglass.