30 October 2008

Carbon Failures

After the Cervelo Wolf SL fork product recall, I became somewhat interested in failures of carbon frames and other bike components. Is carbon the equivalent to kryptonite [superman] or just shitty plastic [Asako]? Well, the boring answer might lie inbetweeen, but the cycle industry certainly did a good job of marketing material which is essential plastic, as a high-quality wonder-thing called carbon, given it a totally different image.

One has to be aware that carbon bikes are not made foreever and that sudden failure cahracteristics are different from steel and aluminium. Cozy Beehive and other blogs have some interesting notes about carbon component failures.

http://cozybeehive.blogspot.com/2008/10/inspection-of-daves-carbon-fiber-road.html

http://cozybeehive.blogspot.com/2008/10/easton-ec-90-slx-handlebar-failure.html

http://lagunacycleryshop.blogspot.com/2008/07/ronscrashed-colnago.html


http://cozybeehive.blogspot.com/2008/09/broken-kestrel-rt700-frame.html

http://cozybeehive.blogspot.com/2008/09/ax-lightness-daedalus-seatpost-failure.html

http://cozybeehive.blogspot.com/2008/08/wolf-sl-fork-failure-2.html

http://cozybeehive.blogspot.com/2008/06/zipp-b2-handlebar-failure.html

http://cozybeehive.blogspot.com/2008/05/wolf-sl-fork-failure_28.html

http://cozybeehive.blogspot.com/2008/05/broken-fork.html


http://cozybeehive.blogspot.com/2008/04/corey-colliers-destroyed-cannondale.html

2 comments:

Manfred von Holstein said...

Scaremongering! It's good to see that basically all failures are the result of crashes or maltreatment of the bike.

I like my plastic bike. It's much softer than the metal types and makes a real difference when going for 180km like today (report to follow).

TOM said...

...maltreatment or not...very scary stuff!! I admit that sometimes I am scared to pull too hard on the carbon handle on my titanium frame during hillclimbs. But you're probably right Ludwig, a fair amount of scaremongering must be involved! Anxious to read your report of yesterday's long ride!