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BIKE 02/2013
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Carbon damage

You’ve got 20 years of experience with carbon damage. What happens to fail in most of the cases? 

Reply by Dirk Zedler, bicycle expert

Frames are concerned very often, but it’s the cause that is decisive. On the one hand there are defects as a result of poor construction or defective processing. On the other hand there is damage due to overload, e.g. as a result of a fall or pre-damage due to inappropriate handling.

How is carbon compared to aluminium and steel?

According to my experience, steel and aluminium frames are clearly more prone to so-called fatigue breaks. As regards the service life under normal conditions, I'm completely relaxed with high-quality carbon. A critical point is reached, when the bicycle topples over. Incidents resulting in indented aluminium or steel tubes, lead to cracks on a carbon tube.

What are the classic handling errors?

Much too often carbon fails due to overtightening. The assembly requires care and accurateness. Another classic: clamping carbon frames on car roof racks. The wrong combination of the parts also leads to damage. Those days when a bicycle could be assembled with a multi-tool are over now with carbon parts. In particular clampings require professional handling and special tools.

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