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Cutting Carbon Forks(5 posts)

Cutting Carbon ForksBender
Apr 25, 2001 10:35 AM
Anybody out there have any do's and dont's for cutting carbon steerers to length?

Here's a don'tLazy
Apr 25, 2001 10:48 AM
And maybe an obvious one, but DON'T cut it too short. In fact, I would recommend leaving room for a cm or two above the stem just in case you decide you want your bars higher after about 2-300 miles. Easy to cut more off later, but you're gonna have one heckuva time gluing some steerer back on if it's too short. Much cheaper than buying an angled stem too.
re: Cutting Carbon Forksgrz mnky
Apr 25, 2001 1:18 PM
Do get it cut by someone who know's what they're doing. You should be using a composite blade and the cutting jig. Given the cost of these two items and the amount of use they get it's easier to get it done at a LBS. Plus, if they screw up the length you're covered.
re: Cutting Carbon ForksHBJ
Apr 25, 2001 2:32 PM
Actually, cutting a carbon steerer is not difficult, but do use care. I mark the cut line with a pencil, then wrap electrical tape around the steerer at the cut line. I use a hacksaw with a new or at least good blade, then lightly sand the cut end with fine grit sandpaper. The length better be right becuase you can't undo the cut.
re: Cutting Carbon ForksMJM
Apr 26, 2001 12:57 PM additional tip, use a "wet cutting" technique. Simply use a spray bottle filled with water and wet the area of cutting. It will keep any carbon dust down (that's stuff you DO NOT want to inhale)and yield a smooth cut.