What Can And Cannot Be Repaired On Carbon Wheels?

Whilst clearly we can repair most areas of damage on a carbon frame, can the same be said for carbon wheels? Carbon wheels are certainly a lot more subjective in terms of whether a repair is viable, but we can effect repairs to some areas.

The areas that we generally can’t repair are fracturing to the brake track (on a rim brake wheel), the bead area and spoke hole areas. As rider safety is our first priority, these specific areas are very difficult to test to the limits with non-destructive testing. As such, we do not undertake these repairs.

In terms of fracturing, we can generally repair any other area, as long as it doesn’t go into any of the above areas. We have successfully repaired many types of damage to rim fairings for example.

If you have cosmetic or other damage, we generally treat each case on its own merits. Perhaps email in with your issue first and we can advise from there.

We sometimes get requests where a brake track has warped after heat build-up going down a descent. We can generally help here but we need to ascertain how warped the brake track is and make a judgement from there.

So if you do manage to damage your carbon wheels, before you bin them or just go for a straight replacement, why not get in touch with us first to see if we can help?

The Importance Of A Stripped Frame

If you have ever enquired for a quote or had a repair or restoration work carried out by CBR, you’ll know that we require a completely stripped and clean frame to work on. We can, of course, strip it for you. Yes, even little things such as bottle cage bolts, hangers, cable guides and bearings need to be removed! Whilst perhaps you might think of this as somewhat over the top with some of the modern designs out there (I’m thinking integrated front ends, frames with convoluted cable routing to name but a few examples), there are various logical reasons why this is required.

During the repair and restoration process, your frame is hung in various mounts to allow it to be worked on at different angles. Both the carbon and spray departments have specific jigs and during transitionary phases between and during each departmental stage, we employ storage racks. With the amount of frames we have here at CBR, we have to be extremely thorough and organized to run a coherent operation.

Your frame will be cured at various points during the repair process. We have a specialist curing system that allows a more efficient operation in that they cure quicker than just hanging them to dry for a few days. Curing may also adversely affect the finish on components left on the frame if it wasn’t fully stripped.

Your frame will also be going into a spray booth. When the spray team work, they have to carefully mask the entire frame, which is a time-consuming process. If components are not removed, it makes masking more difficult and there is a greater chance of overspray.

We hope this article has provided more insight into our processes and why we require a stripped frame. If you are unable to strip the frame fully yourself, we also have a fully equipped workshop here at CBR with Cytech-qualified expert mechanics. Alternatively, you could use your trusted local bike shop. If you are going to part-strip the frame yourself and let us do the rest, as some customers do, please note that we require the wheels if you would like us to set your gears and brakes up.

Supporting our NHS Heroes – 15% Discount!

Carbon Bike Repair Ltd are offering all NHS staff 15% off any carbon fibre repair, paint restoration and / or servicing.

The discount will be added to the final invoice. You will need to show us your NHS ID card to qualify for this discount.

This offer excludes any replacement parts or components, full resprays, courier / postage fees, and cardboard boxes.

This offer is only valid on authorisations received on the ‘final’ estimates (i.e. we have your bike in our possession and have seen the damage) up to and including 10th June 2020.

 

WE HAVE RE-OPENED!

Having considered the amount of carbon work we have on hold, we have decided to re-introduce a small team to clear the backlog as quickly, and as safely as possible. Please understand that this lockdown has, and is still, causing some lead time delays. The good news is we are back and plugging through the workload. We can also mechanically service your bike without delay.

Please call (01372 372766) or email us (info@carbonbikerepair.co.uk) us if we can help sort your bike out before we get busy again. We are available from 9 am – 3pm, Mon to Fri until further notice.

If you have to visit us at our premises please can you call us ahead of time and we ask you to remain outside and a member of staff will attend to you. Please remember to practice social distancing of 2 meters at all times.

Wishing you all good health and happy riding during this lockdown!

CBR TEMPORARILY CLOSED

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR, ROBERT GRANVILLE

Having explored every option, it is with a heavy heart that CBR will temporarily close due to the Coronavirus with immediate effect.

We will be closed for the remainder of the 3 week lockdown period as specified by the UK Government on 23 March 2020.  The most important thing is for everyone to stay safe and well.

We will still be available via email so please contact us on info@carbonbikerepair.co.uk if you would like to pre-book or ask a carbon / paint question.

Please do not travel or courier any bicycles to us as we will not be available onsite to accept deliveries.

Please be assured that if you have any outstanding repairs or resprays with us, these have been placed on hold and will be completed as soon as possible on our return.

My team members and our customers health is of upmost importance and we thank you for your continued support and co-operation.

Please stay safe and I wish you all good health!
Robert

 

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CBR DIRECTOR

These are extraordinary and difficult times for us all on both a personal and business level. However, the most important thing is for everyone to stay safe and well.

I want to reassure all our existing customers and those of you who are finding us for the first time that Carbon Bike Repair REMAINS OPEN and fully functional at this time.

We are taking the Coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously and we are following all guidance as outlined by the UK Government and Public Health England (PHE) to help prevent the spread of any infection. We have stringent cleanliness policies in place for all staff and visitors. Public Health England (PHE) has advised that people receiving parcels are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19). However as an added precaution we are disinfecting all bicycles on arrival and prior to dispatch.

We are here for carbon repairs, paint restorations and full custom resprays. Please also remember that we have a fully functional workshop with Cytec level 3 mechanics so we can offer servicing and maintenance for all your bikes.

I however, ask all customers that feel unwell or who have a new continuous cough or high fever or have been in contact with anyone who is unwell (however mild) to please NOT VISIT US at our premises! We can always correspond by phone (01372 372 766) or via email (info@carbonbikerepair.co.uk) and your bicycle can be shipped. We know many courier companies are still operating with their own measures in place.

My team members and our customers health is of upmost importance yet we remain focused on providing you with the excellent service you have come to expect from us and we thank you for your continued support and co-operation.

Please stay safe and if you can keep riding……….
Robert

HOW TO SPOT A FAKE F10 PINARELLO

We recently came into the possession of a fake F10, so we thought we would share the differences with you. Please note that this is only one of many replicas flooding the market.

What’s so bad about a fake carbon bike then?

Carbon Bike construction is almost impossible to unpick. When layers of are sandwiched with inferior material to make it cheaper, you can see it until it breaks. We’ve seen mostly dangerous examples so I would question any seller of a high end bike where there is no paperwork.

Luckily it is pretty easy to spot the poor graphics against a real one.

Can you spot the fake? Look at the photos below.

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TEAM INEOS F12 PINARELLO

At last we get to see the new F12, and what a beauty it is too!

Super light and stiff. The distributers in the UK have asked us to review some cosmetic damage which we can gladly help them with. The new Pinarrello UK are a fantastic team and their service is spot on from our experience. Chase them up for a demo of this beast. Honestly its another step up!

CAN YOU SAVE MY MARRIAGE!

A customer from Greece asked us to save his marriage after he drove the bike into an overhead barrier, some of you might know that feeling!

Anyway, pictures paint a thousand words.  Not only have we saved his marriage but provided him with a lifetime warranty to ensure he has a long and happy life!

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CAN A MANUFACTURER REPAIR A BIKE?

Consider this – If you damaged your car door, and you have to repair it, who is best skilled to do the job?

The manufacturer uses machinery, materials and automation processes to construct an entire component, however the repairer is skilled to remove damage and restore utilising totally different tools and skills for the job.

In carbon it is much the same, bikes are manufactured using a variety of machinery to mould semi-complete components which require assembly as well as inspect for manufacture anomalies. The repairer is equiped to identify fracture anomalies, largely not experienced by the manufacturer. The repairer utilises a variety of diagnostics and localised repair processes, again, uncommon to the manufacturer.

The two skill sets are unrelated and should not be confused with each other.