|Cutting a carbon steering tube||dicklynn0585|
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 tube||Juanmoretime|
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.|
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.|
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......... hahaha||JohnG|
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. ;)
|...and for the top cap||alansutton|
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!!
|re: Cutting a carbon steering tube||Akirasho|
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).
Remain In Light.
|re: Cutting a carbon steering tube||flybyvine|
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 tube||ccrabb|
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 no||Paul|
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.|| |