INSPECTIONS AT CARBONBIKEREPAIR: FULL SCAN – MICROSCOPE

Pre repair and post repair inspections are key to ensuring that we have control over the quality and the warranty of our repairs.

If you have specifically requested a ‘Full scan’ (Full Health Check) part of the scan process is still manual. The microscope is used to identify micro fractures which confirm what we are seeing on the Thermographic scan. It is best never to only rely on one source however amazing it is. Peoples lives are at risk.

INSPECTIONS AT CARBONBIKEREPAIR: FULL SCAN – THERMOGRAPHIC X-RAY

Pre repair and post repair inspections are key to ensuring that we have control over the quality and the warranty of our repairs.

Thermography is the ultimate in flaw detection. It has taken 4 years to identify a process which provides primary flaw detection using infra-red energy and 4k thermo imaging to read energy dissipation over a surface therefore providing an in-depth view of the state of the carbon. It is a myth that traditional x-ray can find all fractures when in fact what it is good for is manufacture compliance for wall thickness and anomalies such as air pockets which it reads best through cross section.This is not good enough. HD Thermography is not constrained by any shape, thickness variation or angle.

This system was developed for specific carbon inspection requirements. Not only is this effective for flaw detection at the pre-repair stage but also for post-repair inspections. We are confident at this stage of the inspection evolution that we using the best carbon flaw detection technology available to ensure conclusive results.

There are many occasions where frames are needlessly written-off.  We hope you feel more confident in asking us to check over your bike before you take someone’s word for it.

COLNAGO EPS HEAD TUBE FRACTURE AND PAINT RESTORATION

It must be Colnago week for complex repairs. This frame suffered a massive head-on collision but after a full thermo scan we were able to confirm that only the head tube lugs and tube ends were damaged making it an economical repair. Lug bonded joints are always slighly more tricky to repair as you have 2 sets of repairs as opposed to only the tube intersections of a monocoque. We replaced and repaired the lugs in the traditional manner, rebonded and stress tested the frame slightly beyond the required pressures. Only once passed QC’d was it paint restored with particle specific Colnago metallic blue and flat white colours to finish the frame to perfection.

Yet another would-be-trashed bike with a safe new lease of life.

C60 COLNAGO 100% REPAIR AND RESTORE

Written off, 2 major fractures, sheered seat post at the front mech moulding and chain stay snapped in half. Can it really come back to life and retain its original value??

It sure can. Nothing can replace qualified carbon technicians and sprayers. The repairs and paint restoration are indetectable using thermographic imaging and ultrasound. No wonder Colnago want CarbonBikeRepair to do all their restoration work in the UK.

ORBEA ORCA COMPEX REPAIR AND RESTORE

We had to make sure that when we promise we can restore this that we do it back to factory finish. Chain stay fracture and factory finish restore

ENVE SMART SYSTEM WHEEL RESTORE

Here is another example of a wheel repair and restoration. What the pictures don’t show are the extent of the damage. This wheel hit a pavement and inflicted deep scratches into the rim and brake track all the way around as well as a small puncture hole. We also supply all the decals specific to that model so in many cases it is possible to safely repair, restore and test at a approximately 5 x less then a £1500 wheel replacement. Any issues and the customer can sent it back.

infrared carbon inspections

A NEW LEVEL OF SAFETY

You are seeing the first carbon bike repair diagnostic 4k image of a multi fracture repair. In addition to ultrasound this is the first of it’s kind adapted for Carbon Bike Repair to inspect hidden fractures and post repair quality control . Basically the even surface colour is an indicator of when new and the old carbon are integrated successfully. In other words – This Cannondale multi fracture top tube restoration has passed QC to specification of this model.

…resulting in meaningful warranty promises and ultimately your safety.

ZIPP WHEEL INVISIBLE REPAIR!

“Just picked my wheel up and I can’t believe the amazing job you guys have done. I honestly cannot see where the damage was and the wheel looks as good as new!
Thank you all so much. I shall definitely be recommending you!”

CARBON DROPOUT REPAIR

There is only one way to repair a carbon dropout and that is to replace the carbon with an injection molded part. Why? Carbon bikes are made approximately in 2 ways: Lay up for the tubes and injection moldings for the high pressure sections such as the dropouts, brake mounts, some front mech hangers. If these components are repaired in any other way they will most likely fail as the first picture shows – the 3rd attempt before sending it to us.

GEARING UP FOR THE SEASON

Sorry for the delay in putting up a new post. I hope you are enjoying the new website at least. I hope all prospectors will feel confident that their bike is in good hands. After all the cycling community created us!

We are now looking forward to delivering improved lead times without compromising on safety and quality of finish. Our team is expanding to meet the increased demand we face every year so hopefully you will not be too inconvenienced while your bike is restored to your requirements. Keep an eye on the blog. We have some very exciting new tech coming and some news on a CBR near you!
Of course we are aware you only ever want to see us once..safe riding.