There are occasions when cyclist bring home to me the importance of feeling comfortable with the bike they ride.
Some Far Eastern frames ’can’ sometimes be inconsistent in the way the bikes are manufactured.
This Hongfu 95 has had many race miles already so it has been tested. However when the cyclist got on the power at the start she heard a loud crack in the top tube and went into the barrier. Luckily all ok!
On inspection we found there to be insufficient resin within the carbon pre-preg. Not sure if this is going to be something we see more of. The layers were not as bound together as we normally like to see.
As a result, the additional power applied due to the lateral twisting of the top tube, was enough to expose the problem.
She loves the bike so there was nothing for it – ‘Take the lid off’ and start again.