During the course of a typical inspection the frame will undergo a stress test to reveal any hidden defects. In some cases where internal delamination occurs, where it is not obvious, the stress testing should reveal the problem. A full report is delivered which will indicate any issues and advisories for the client to process.
Challenges continue as bike design become more and more complex. Post repair graphics on this bike, for example, are created as high print quality waterslide images. Regardless we able to continue to grow with developments.
Another one done, many more to go. If we can help sort your bike out get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Very. The quality and safety of a composite repair is reflected in the standard of the facilty and the engineers. Safe and complient carbon repairs require resources and training. It takes 2 years for a repairer at CBR to achieve 2 of the 3 qualification levels available at Carbon Bike Repair. The repair ‘theater’ is sealed and depressurised to prevent contamination during the repair cycle. The repair process passes through 3 QC stages before it is released to the restoration departement. Carbon bikes can be repaired safely if there is a standard by which to measure repairs.
Recently one of our new carbon room ventilation fans burned out. Before we had our new facility with dust extraction systems, heaters and dremels would regularly burn out. We attributed this to the long hours they had to operate. It had not occurred to me that beside Graphene, carbon might also be a conductor of electricity. It was not until the last incident that I decided to check with a continuity tester. To my very surprise it was showing contact between the 2 terminals. Wow I had no idea! I feel a bit stupid as I am supposed to know a fair amount about the material but it never occurred to me..Now I think about it, motor brushes are pure carbon blocks duh..As well there it is.
I’m not sure how this would change anything other then if you were thinking of using your bike to ‘move’ a live wire out of your way, I would think again…
New challenges face CBR in our quest to remain the best even when it is really busy. Safety is our No1 priority. Quality and turnaround follow. Excellent customer service is key to our status in the industry.
If you are unsure what to do in the event of an incident, here are some options available to you. If it is a carbon bike:
1 – Do not ask your local bike shop to assess it unless they are approved carbon bike inspectors. They will not usually take a risk and could advise unnecessary replacement.
2 – If you make a claim, ask the insurer to notify CompleteBikeRecovery to collect, inspect and report on the bike.
3 – You are welcome to contact us directly should you choose not to claim. Just send us an email with in-focus images and a description of the issue.
4 – We inspect carbon and the groupset at the same time. This usually takes 2 days.
5 – The submitted report covers : 1 – The cost of repair (if we are able to warranty) + cosmetic restoration. 2 – A new-for-old complete bike replacement option. 3 – Salvage value.
6 – We are able to inspect alloy frames too.
If you have a scratch or a mark on your carbon bike which you would like a qualified carbon bike inspector to look at then drop us an email or a message and we will inform you of the next steps. There is no reason why you need to worry before riding out this summer. Prices start around £80. Contact us with your inquiry and inspection options. We scan the bike from top to bottom. We can include your groupset condition inspection. If we find any issues you have 2 choices:
1 – Get in touch with your insurer if you want to pass on the claim. You will be required to provide them with our inspection report to qualify the claim.
2 – Get it fixed yourself and know that the bike is in good order. Remember composite bikes are complex machines. Don’t risk it if in doubt.
I was asked to look at what might be delamination in the down tube area during an inspection procedure. At first we could not solve where a creaking sound was coming from because the scanner could not find anything and it sounded similar to de-lamination so we had to find it.
I won’t mention the brand but when we inserted the endoscope we came across some expanding foam in the middle of the downtube cavity which impeded our exploration further. I asked for the downtube to be squeezed while we had the endoscope in position. We discovered that the expansion foam had slightly come away from the carbon wall causing the part to creak when he road it.
It seems some manufacturers have found a temporary solution to rattling internal cables. I say temporary because mid downtube sections are susceptible to flexing during riding which in turn can cause this rather minor de-bond over time. As small as this is it simply drives the rider nuts with irritation and concern. Hope this helps someone!
We don’t often get asked to repair recumbents but this one is a super light disabled version which is clearly an expensive and hard to find bike. The structural damage affected the chasis and the safety nose cone. I am glad to say we were able to complete this as well as hide the repair in the weave.
Glad we could help out on this one.