Jamis SL seatstay repair. When the chain gets shifted into the cassette, the derailleur has no where to go but up and around. The result is usually an impact with the seat stay. This I repaired then put one more layer of carbon fiber 3K plain weave around using the vacuum for cosmetic purposes. Then Made a stencil of the SL, hand masked the lines and airbrushed away. Looks good as new!
The most common repair in the shop is top tube damage due to a handlebar strike when crashing. The detail work on this repair was quite challenging. All pin lines, gold fades, and flags (both sides) were hand masked and airbrushed. With all the detail work on this top tube, you can see why the customer was heart broken when he saw what had happened to his expensive carbon fiber top tube.
Top view. Enlarge image to see 3k twill pattern matched.
Before and after- Cannondale Slice
Happy 2013! It’s been a few months since our last post, but rest assured we’ve been very busy repairing customer frames. We’re back on track to continually update the site with new repairs. After a crazy season of cyclocross, including attending the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville, KY, we’ve gotten a few cyclocross frames in the shop to repair. This Blue Norcross EX frame suffered a blow to the top tube. Read on…
Ibis bikes are near and dear to our heart. We have a small fleet of them here at CFR, from a couple new carbon Tranny hardtail MTBs to the old school steel MORON tubed Hakkalugi with the iconic ‘hand job’ cable stop. So we were really happy to get this carbon Hakka cyclocross frame fixed and back out in the dirt!
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a photo of this S-works Venge frame before we laid down the repair, but as you can see from the repair area, this frame was hella FUBARed. The crack ran the entire circumference of the top tube, requiring us to conduct several vacuum bagging sessions until it was adequate built back up.
After several hours of repair work and several more hours of painstaking finish work, the end result is absolutely undetectable. The frame was shipped back to Israel where the owner is probably out riding it as we speak!
Our good buddy Dee Folse of Team Shoebacca was in the midst of the Racers and Chasers Freedom 50 mile race last weekend here in North County San Diego when some bonehead cut in on a paceline without looking and took down Dee and his S-Works Stumpjumper. As a result, the aforementioned bonehead ended up doing a rendition of Riverdance all over his top tube, resulting in multiple fractures. Read on…
Photo Copyright James Huang
We just got an email from our friends at Colnago USA that said a handful of Team Type 1 Colnago M10 frames we recently repaired were being raced in last week’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge. It’s really terrific to see brands like Colnago embracing the repairability of carbon fiber, and having enough confidence in our work to put these perfectly good frames back in the pro peloton. Thank you Colnago USA!
This Raleigh Competition came to us with a severe crack in the downtube that started at the bottle cage mount and wrapped underneath the downtube. Read on…