CARBON HEADTUBE REPAIR

One of the more serious fractures to inflict on a bike. This repair required moulds to ensure bearing seat profiles were 100% accurate to Trek tolerances ensuring, apart from failing, that you dont have any creek often associated with the BB bearings…Those who hate noise know what I am talking about..

REPAIRS IN THE DARK SEASON

Here are a few notable repairs completed this week: Cannondale Synapse chainstay keeping us honest! A beloved BMC with a ridiculously complex top tube repair and restoration and finally another Venge send in by the guys at McLaren after they inspected and found 2 top tube fractures under the logo.

McLaren customer feedback: ‘Guys Just want to say thank you for a fantastic job
….you’ve brought my prize possession back from a near death experience
and she looks just as fabulous as when I first got her!!!!Rest assured I will do my very best to recommend your work whenever appropriate and probably when not …too !!!:-)Thank you once again’

FINISHING YOUR REPAIRED BIKE

I write many blogs about the repair process but you should also be aware of the level at which CBR goes to ‘finish/ restore’ your bike to its original state if requested. We are in demand because we treat both the repair and restoration with the same importance. Up to 70% of our customers request their bikes to be restored after the repair is complete. Our comprehensive service centre rebuilds bikes when compete. Many customers request a full service, parts upgrade or an electronic conversion. The montage shows the spray and service sections of the UK CBR facility.

Happy riding on repair tested and finished bikes this winter.

SCOTT CR1 ‘THE UN-RESTORABLE’

Probably the hardest restoration there is on a current commercial bike in our experience. Scott graphics are tricky but that still does not limit our ability to replicate accurately. We utilise our comprehensive archive of official graphic stock library to be able to restore the un-restorable.

This bike had 2 drive side stay fractures and graphics damage in 3 locations. Now repaired and restored with full repair lifetime warranty at a fraction of the replacement price.

REPAIR AND FULL RESTORATION – OWNER LIFETIME WARRANTY

Don’t always believe that your bike is toast after you hear the awful crunch and snap of the carbon as you see it bouncing off the tarmac behind your mates…It’s OK even if you are not OK…

We provide owner lifetime repair warranties on some parts of the bike above and beyond the manufacturer warranty. Ask for details.

‘CARBON BIKES ARE MORE FRAGILE THEN ALLOY OR STEEL’ – SOME CUSTOMER OPINIONS

To assume that carbon bikes are more fragile would be unfair when like-for-like comparisons with alloy or steel are comparing apples to pears. The populist idea that carbon fibre is stronger then steel has undoubtedly fed sales in carbon bikes. What you are paying for is weight over stiffness. When manufacturers produce carbon frames which weigh 700g or less then you must concede something. No one is doubting carbon’s ability to deliver the wattage however some manufacturer’s are super aggressive in designing impressive specifications.

That said, most carbon bikes are good for purpose and well within safety parameters however some would still argue that we, the customers, have become ‘bug fixers’ for the development of carbon bikes and components. So here is a bit of advice: Avoid the first released models if at all possible…

NORCO CUSTOM DESIGN AND RESPRAY

This post clearly illustrates one of the ways customers can achieve the custom design they are after with the assistance of our design service.

As the downtube was being repaired, a rough illustration was submitted to us. We optimised the design to deliver their unique expression of what good custom design is – Balanced, individual and well executed.

COLNAGO C59 REPAIR AND RESTORATION

Another example of a Colnago C59 repair completed to 100% detail match. After the frame is pressure tested for compliance it is ready to be rebuilt to the customer spec here in our service centre and will be ready for dispatch later today.
The repair comes with an owners lifetime warranty.

PRE-PREG, AUTOCLAVE, FIBRE OPTIMISATION, SPACE AGE – REALLY??

Here are some warning signs when looking for a trustworthy carbon repair service:

1 – ‘Pre-Preg’ Pre impregnated carbon fibre is used during the mould making stage of a frame. It is not suitable for repair in most cases.

2 – An autoclave (oven) is used to cure pre preg carbon fibre. This process can damage some graphics and components found on used frames. Autoclaves are usually found in manufacturer and fabrication plants. If the quote is cheap and they mention this – walk away..

2 – ‘Fibre optimisation’ A smart word for lining up the fibres to produce certain characteristics in the design of the bike. This should be a std process.

3 – ‘Space age technology’. No one outside of NASA or Surrey Satellite Technology, for example, know what their components are made of or how they produce them. Space ships and bicycles are different disciplines.

The best judge of a competent carbon repair service is to either visit the facility, ask your local bike shop, read reviews or speak to them on the phone. Your repaired bike must be in good order and within the manufacturer specification. If you can’t get that reassurance then keep searching!

WIGGINS CUSTOM F8 IN FOR REPAIR

This frame needs little introduction – Wiggins white custom painted Pinarello unfortunately sustained a top tube fracture across some rather important graphics of his achievements in road racing.

Once repaired the top tube was restored to its original state.