Can carbon fiber bikes be repaired?
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.
Can you repair damaged carbon fiber?
It’s a common misconception that you can’t repair carbon fiber. Additionally, many manufacturers warn against fixing carbon fiber components. Fortunately, that’s not true. You can repair carbon fiber, and, if done right, it will last a long time.
How much does carbon fiber 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.
Can you patch a carbon bike frame?
“Repairing a carbon composite frame is definitely possible but it’s a complicated process — one best performed by people with experience, knowledge and the correct tools. Original manufacturers and specialist composite bicycle repair companies are best suited to repair composite frames.”
How do I know if my carbon bike is damaged?
Look closely for scratches, especially anything deep or through the paint. 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 much does carbon bike repair cost?
Smaller cracks (1/3 of tube diameter or smaller) are $200. Medium cracks (fractures greater than 1/3 of the tube diameter) are $300. $400 will fix major damage (missing carbon, damage greater than 6 inches along the tube. The VeloNews.com frame would likely fall into the $300 range.