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Cutting a carbon steering tube(14 posts)

Cutting a carbon steering tubedicklynn0585
Aug 14, 2002 8:43 AM
How do you cut an Easton EC-90 steering tube for a Litespeed Chisallo frame? (hack saw?)
re: Cutting a carbon steering tubeJuanmoretime
Aug 14, 2002 8:47 AM
DO NOT USE A HACKSAW. Go to a place that sells supplies for tile and buy a composite cutting blade. It will go into your hacksaw frame and I paid about $4 for mine. The serated teeth of a hacksaw blade will cause micro splitting in the carbon fiber and the epoxy and cause eventual failure. this moght take years but it will happen.
nonsense....C-40
Aug 14, 2002 11:02 AM
A new 32 tooth hacksaw blade will do a fine job of cutting a carbon steerer. Just use light pressure. I also prefer to cut around the outer perimeter of the tube following a marked line, rather than through it from top to bottom, to insure a straight cut, without a guide.

Aftet cutting the tube, use a fine file or sandpaper to chamfer the inside and outside corners.

The carbide grit blade intended for ceramic tile will work, but carbon fork manufacturers do not universally recommend it.
It's recommended by Reynolds!Juanmoretime
Aug 14, 2002 11:13 AM
The instructions that came with my Reynolds Ouza Carbon Pro warned not to use a hacksaw and to use the composite blade!
If you call Reynolds, then they will tell you that...PsyDoc
Aug 15, 2002 9:37 AM
...a 32-tooth hacksaw blade is o.k. to use.
I agree.alansutton
Aug 14, 2002 12:16 PM
I used a Sawzall on my EM Team SC fork. Makes no diff home you cut it and long as it doesn't splinter.
I use a sawsall......... hahahaJohnG
Aug 14, 2002 12:24 PM
Seriously fast at cutting through carbon, al, or steel!!!

Don't try this unless you know how to use power tools. ;)

JohnG
...and for the top capalansutton
Aug 14, 2002 12:40 PM
Tighen up real good with this tool. rent one if you have to. That little bolt holds your fork on.
GREAT suggestion...... now I can put away my 3' breaker bar ....JohnG
Aug 14, 2002 3:32 PM
I like it!!

JohnG
re: Cutting a carbon steering tubeAkirasho
Aug 14, 2002 1:06 PM
... I picked this saw up at Lowes Home Improvement Center... it is advertised as a "composite" saw for carbon fiber, acrylics and PVC among others.

I've used it on several Reynolds forks with no problems (clean up the cut with 600 grit sandpaper).

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: Cutting a carbon steering tubeflybyvine
Aug 14, 2002 7:54 PM
Looks like a fancy-arse hacksaw !!

I used a hacksaw with a fine blade. The rest of the bike is falling apart (8mth old C40) but the fork is fine !!
re: Cutting a carbon steering tubeccrabb
Aug 14, 2002 10:08 PM
I'll just add this link. Park deserves a Pulitzer prize for this site: http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/howfix_forksize.shtml
You should read this before you begin.
I uses a 28 tooth keyhole saw, and it cut just fine with noPaul
Aug 15, 2002 3:33 AM
burrs. I used the guide, and did easy strokes using little pressure. My friend cut his Reynolds Ouzo pro the same way,a nd his HSC4. It's been over a year with no problem. A 32 tooth saw would even be better.
High component cost and no effective do-overs.Spoke Wrench
Aug 15, 2002 6:02 AM
This doesn't look to me like a place where I'd want to chance using marginal tools.