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Dent in Hed3. Is it ****ed???

Old 05-25-09, 08:38 AM
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Dent in Hed3. Is it ****ed???

What do you think?

I know dents in carbon are bad, but is this on the critical list? Will it collapse on me at any moment?



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Old 05-25-09, 08:46 AM
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Have you gotten an opinion from HED?
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Old 05-25-09, 08:48 AM
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Every single thing I've ever heard or seen about carbon fiber tells me it's ****ed
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Old 05-25-09, 08:51 AM
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Nah, it's fine.
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Old 05-25-09, 08:52 AM
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How did it happen?
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Ouch, that looks like a pretty big dent...
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Old 05-25-09, 09:03 AM
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Japanese bike park. they have these plastic clamps that hook around your rim. Unfortunately Hed3 rims are too tall for the clamping hooks. (ps, it's a friends, I didn't do it , but might buy it off him super cheap off him)

The other side of the rim has a smaller dent in the same place.

It looks like the fibers are intact. And the location is not a weak spot. Usually they critically fail at the top and bottom of the spokes.

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Old 05-25-09, 09:05 AM
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So who did it?
They owe you a wheel but its too late now, I suppose.
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Originally Posted by deathhare View Post
So who did it?
They owe you a wheel but its too late now, I suppose.
his friend doesnt owe him anything.
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Old 05-25-09, 10:13 AM
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Sorry, I mis-read the post.
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Old 05-25-09, 10:19 AM
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its ok, i mis-wrote it
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Old 05-25-09, 11:51 AM
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TBH, I would probably keep riding it. Especially since the fibers are still in tact.
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Old 05-25-09, 11:54 AM
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I believe contacting the company is the only way to get an accurate answer.
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If you guys think HED is giong to say anything other than "You should throw that wheel away," you are crazy. Ever heard of a lawsuit? There is no way that the company is going to give him the OK to ride that wheel. That doesn't mean its not ridable.
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Old 05-25-09, 12:54 PM
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the trouble is, being a dent you can't see if the fibre is separated on the inside (the convex side) of the damaged section.

my advice is to consider it compromised, and ride it accordingly; you could have it repaired professionally, or just treat it like a cheap hed3 that might fail at any time.
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Old 05-25-09, 07:49 PM
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Definitely not safe to ride.
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Old 05-25-09, 07:57 PM
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I wouldn't risk my teeth.
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Old 05-25-09, 07:58 PM
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for get bout it.

its comprised, that little dented area is the weaks point of the wheel and any little pothole can cause it to fail and send you to the ER.

edit can't repair that either too. just way its made you cant just remove the resin and relay the CF down, it wouldnt be sound.

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you have broken the fiber/resin matrix if the carbon has a dent that is a permanent distortion of the fibers meaning the bonds have broken.

that wheel is most definitely F'ed!!!
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Old 05-25-09, 08:17 PM
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that dent isn't huge, and there's no tearing.. i'd ride it
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Old 05-25-09, 09:33 PM
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Maybe I should post in the triathlon forum, they have a lot of broken carbon experience.

Maybe I should email caffee.
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Old 05-25-09, 10:03 PM
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Sand, fill in with carbon fiber epoxy, cure, sand.

Actually, don't.
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Old 05-25-09, 10:12 PM
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i just want to see what an exploded hed 3 looks like
so if you do ride it and nearly die, take some pics.
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Old 05-25-09, 10:39 PM
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I feel like we have this thread every week. Fill in the blanks:

"Hi, my carbon fiber ________ has this _______ in the ___________ but it's not structural so should I ride it?"
"Not if you like your ________ to stay in your ________"
"Oh yeah dude it works great my cousin's girlfriend's roommate's uncle did this and he is a tarckstar"

For the last goddamn time, carbon fiber is cool but it is NOT WORTH YOUR TEETH.
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