Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Carbon repair

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Carbon repair

Old 10-08-18, 04:47 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Boston
Posts: 156
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 22 Times in 14 Posts
Carbon repair

So last week on a trail ride a stick threw my rear derailleur into my spokes which cracked the seat stay of my Diverge. The crack doesn’t go all the way around the tube and I assumed it would be a pretty cheap and easy fix. I got a quote for $400 which doesn't include paint which seemed a bit high so I'm tempted to pick up a kit and give it a whirl. Anyone have experience with doing it themselves? Everything I've seen online makes it seem pretty straightforward and I'm a DIY kind of guy so it's appealing to me.

I don't care about resale value as it's already shot with the damage. Specialized offered a discount on a new bike as part of their crash replacement program but that would set me back a bit more than I'm looking to spend right now. Thoughts?

Last edited by Jazzguitar; 10-08-18 at 04:55 PM.
Jazzguitar is offline  
Old 10-08-18, 05:06 PM
  #2  
LAJ
So it is
 
LAJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Westminster, CO
Posts: 21,315

Bikes: Luzerne, 684, Boreas, Wheelhouse, Alize©®, Bayamo, Cayo

Mentioned: 246 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11386 Post(s)
Liked 4,710 Times in 2,746 Posts
I performed my own repair, coincidentally on the seat stay, and it came out fine. I bought extra heat shrink tape, because I didn't want to scrimp there. Instead of using the graduated cup that came with the kit, I used an old scoop from a tub of Recoverite, since it's one-to-one, and mixed the amount I wanted.
LAJ is offline  
Old 10-08-18, 05:14 PM
  #3  
On Your Left
 
GlennR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Long Island, New York, USA
Posts: 8,373

Bikes: Trek Emonda SLR, Sram eTap, Zipp 303

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3004 Post(s)
Liked 2,433 Times in 1,187 Posts
Last week I damaged the right chainstay from chain suck. After doing some research on repairs I decided to use https://calfeedesign.com/carbon-repair/

You have to totally disassemble the frame... even the bottom bracket has to be removed.

Much cheaper than a new frame.
GlennR is offline  
Old 10-08-18, 05:32 PM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
eja_ bottecchia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 5,791
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1020 Post(s)
Liked 463 Times in 293 Posts
Originally Posted by oldnslow2
Last week I damaged the right chainstay from chain suck. After doing some research on repairs I decided to use https://calfeedesign.com/carbon-repair/

You have to totally disassemble the frame... even the bottom bracket has to be removed.

Much cheaper than a new frame.
Calfee repaired my C60 after my car was rear-ended with the bike in the rear rack.

Not cheap, but they did an awesome job. Turn around time was quick too.
eja_ bottecchia is offline  
Old 10-08-18, 09:31 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
woodcraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 6,016
Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1814 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 923 Times in 569 Posts
I did it myself.

Saves all that stripping down, packing, shipping, & reassembling.

$40 kit & a few hours, if you don't need the paint matched perfectly.
woodcraft is offline  
Old 10-09-18, 08:30 AM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
noodle soup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 8,922
Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4717 Post(s)
Liked 1,882 Times in 998 Posts
Originally Posted by Jazzguitar
Specialized offered a discount on a new bike as part of their crash replacement program
How much for a replacement frame?
noodle soup is offline  
Old 10-09-18, 09:32 AM
  #7  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Boston
Posts: 156
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
Liked 22 Times in 14 Posts
Well, the lazy side of me is apparently more persuasive than the cheap side so I dropped off the frame to have it repaired. I weighed the price of materials plus time and it just made more sense to pay a slight premium for someone who knows what they're doing to get it done quickly and right. The owner was great and has many, many years of experience with carbon repair and said that if I opted to get it painted the repair would be totally invisible. Turnaround time is fast, I could get the frame back in a day which would have me riding by the weekend. If I went the DIY route it'd likely be a week or two before I get everything I need, winter is approaching here and I'd like to have it back on the road ASAP. Anyway, I'll post some before and after pics when I pick it up.

Specialized was very vague about the discount. I didn't get to speak directly with the guy handling my claim but they opted to give a discount on a complete bike instead of just a frame. From what I've heard their frame discounts are 20% off of MSRP and if they don't have your particular model in stock the only option is S-Works which is a $4k frame which, even with the discount, cost more than my whole bike. I'm not sure if a complete bike discount is better but even with a more generous discount it wouldn’t make sense to trade my whole bike in so I opted for the repair.

Last edited by Jazzguitar; 10-09-18 at 01:12 PM.
Jazzguitar is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Cl904
Framebuilders
10
10-13-18 04:45 AM
Roypercy
Classic & Vintage
18
07-05-18 08:09 PM
BrooklynQueens
Bicycle Mechanics
50
09-29-16 01:13 PM
zabaran
Bicycle Mechanics
16
07-22-15 08:43 AM
BluesDawg
Framebuilders
3
08-23-10 08:46 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.