Can you fix a cracked carbon fiber bike frame?
Yes, you can! The process of repairing a carbon fiber bike frame that is cracked, damaged, or split is to lay new carbon fibers and epoxy them in the same direction as the original fibers. The end result is a stronger bicycle frame than the original build at a negligible weight gain.
How much does a carbon bike repair cost?
On average a carbon repair will cost around $400. This does not include paint matching but always includes a protective clear coat finish over the repaired area. Repairing carbon damage is fairly straightforward but matching the original paint design and color can tend to be a lot more complicated.
How do you fix chipped carbon fiber?
Fill deep chips or fissures with epoxy resin. Let it cure overnight, then smooth and clean before applying the clear coat. Sanding-off oxidation, UV damage, and clear coat will leave a brownish or white residue.
Can carbon wheels be repaired?
Carbon wheels are certainly a lot more subjective in terms of whether a repair is viable, but we can effect repairs to some areas. The areas that we generally can’t repair are fracturing to the brake track (on a rim brake wheel), the bead area and spoke hole areas.
Is it worth repairing a carbon bike?
Yes, definitely worth it. On my race bike/workhorse, I had a freehub bind up on a new wheel, ultimately causing the rear derailleur to be ripped off the dropout and into the seatstay causing damage. For about $350 I got it repaired and have ridden/raced about 25k miles since with no issue.
How do I know if my carbon frame is cracked?
With a dollar coin, tap on any suspect area and listen for a change in sound. A normal “tap” sound will become a dull thud when the carbon is broken. Gently push on the suspect area to feel if it’s softer than the surrounding area.
How long do carbon fiber bike frames last?
Unless they are damaged or poorly built, carbon bike frames can last indefinitely. Most manufacturers still recommend that you replace the frame after 6-7 years, however, carbon frames are so strong that they often outlast their riders.
Can carbon bike rims be repaired?
Wheels – $200 We also repair carbon rims & wheels of all types. Akin to our combat repairs, you will see a raw carbon lamination with a protective resin coating. Due to the thin construction of these wheels, we must build up enough carbon to ensure the safety of the repair.