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Old 03-03-21, 09:51 PM
Russ Roth
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Bikes: 2010 Carrera Volans, 2015 C-Dale Trail 2sl, 2017 Raleigh Rush Hour, 2017 Blue Proseccio, 1992 Giant Perigee, 80s Gitane Rallye Tandem

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Cutting the thompson isn't an issue, from cutting a number of them over the years for other people they seem to be the same design as far as I can see, biggest thing is marking the same length they recommend should you transfer it elsewhere. Cutting carbon is a slightly different game, you want to tape where you'll cut to prevent fraying and use a new, fine tooth hacksaw blade, I use my bandsaw and it cuts very nicely without a hint of fraying. Like the Thomson I suspect the carbon will be the same profile till you get close to the seat clamp.
As others mentioned, the main benefit is vibration dampening. I knew of the Oval as I have 2 on the way for my wife and my bikes. Although they'll be fairly comfy with the 2.1 tires the carbon can take out just enough of the road buzz to make a difference over 5-6 hours and 80mph. I bought them for the ride comfort but the weight savings is a bonus as even an 1/8 lb matters when fording a stream.
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