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Can she be saved?

Old 08-03-11, 05:16 PM
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Can she be saved?

I was curious how damaged can a carbon frame be before it is too damaged to be repaired. I happened into a frame that has a chipped area and a small hairline crack on the chain stay. you can only see it when you push in on the stays. Is this fixable? if so who do you suggest.
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I work with someone who had a root canal and saved a tooth he was sure he'd need to have pulled. The guy was certain. So who knows.

In theory, they could probably saw off the chain stay and build a new one to attach. It's probably fixable without doing all that, but the real question is what it'll cost. You don't have a photo of the damage, by any chance? I doubt anyone in here can get you a quote, but it'll at least be interesting to look at.
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No personal experience, but I've heard nothing but good about http://www.calfeedesign.com/ Calfee.
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See this thread. This guy just had his chainstay repaired and is impressed so far (he hasn't gotten it back yet...but there are pictures).

I did my own CF repair after I shipped my bike and the cogset gnawed into my downtube. I didn't have any cracks and it wasn't in as structurally significant area as a chainstay...so I am *NOT* recommending you do it yourself. Here's my thread.
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I remember that thread, and how crazy you must be to do a century around Tahoe on that bike.
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Yes, mine was a seat stay. But I know most cf can be repaired. Call Kurt at carbinframerepair.com. Email him pictures and see what he says. He did an awesome job on my frame.
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Originally Posted by ErichM View Post
No personal experience, but I've heard nothing but good about http://www.calfeedesign.com/ Calfee.
Called them. I have to send a pic to her by email, but she said just guessing no more than 300.00. That's music to my ears.
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Carbon in general maybe is the more repairable material, even more than steel, were if you have a crack or a dent sometimes you have to just go an change the whole tube, but with carbon from what I have seen is just go and apply reforcement patches and the bike is ready to go. I'm not tellig you to do this but u can buy a kit with instructions and even fix the crack yourself if its small. Call calfee tho...
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Well thanks to all of you for your help. I haven't got a reply from all the leads yet, but it looks to be around 250.00. So that's good news.
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Well thanks to all of you for your help. I haven't got a reply from all the leads yet, but it looks to be around 250.00. So that's good news.
Let us know how it turns out.
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If you haven't called Kurt yet, give him a call carbonframerepair.com.
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