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Old 10-08-06, 11:09 PM   #1
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Why do you get carbon fiber frames that are painted over? For me, the actual raw carbon look is what would make the bike *special*. Please explain to me...
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Old 10-08-06, 11:17 PM   #2
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Their are frames with full carbon weave look - it is just the way the manufacture of frames "decorate" them. For me the alure of CF is actually the shapes - ohhhh curvy!

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Old 10-09-06, 12:05 AM   #3
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the top layer of carbon is the woven one and is there mostly for decoration and/or impact protection. most of the layers underneath are unidirectional fibers that are much less pretty. it might be lighter,easier and/or cheaper to make a painted frame than a 'nude' one. also many frames that have a woven or braided finish use paint in areas like the bottom bracket (at the cranks) to hide where it joins to aluminum.
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