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carbon steerer cuttingjonah
May 29, 2001 6:21 AM

I'm thinking of buying a carbon fork, and am wondering. How does one go about cutting a carbon steerer, and is it an ok thing to do. Any other input on carbon forks, with or without carbon steerers, would be appreciated.

re: carbon steerer cuttingLarry Meade
May 29, 2001 9:17 AM
While you can cut a carbon steerer with a normal hacksaw, I would recommend going down to Sears and blow $3.00 on a blade made for composites. It looks similar to a normal blade but is a bit wider and has carbide particles bonded to the cutting edge. These blades are supposed to cut composites better without risking fraying the fibers in the tube. I have seen cuts done with normal blades and with these blades. The composite blade makes a smoother cut right off. You can smooth the other cut down with sandpaper but why bother when the composite blade requires much less cleaning up after cutting.