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Chipping on carbon fork(4 posts)

Chipping on carbon forkTommyRides
Aug 21, 2002 5:03 AM
Hello all...

I noticed after a ride last night, that there are a few 'chips' around the front wheel dropouts of my carbon fiber fork. It looks like it's just the paint or finish, in other words not actual damage to the fork itself.

I use a Thule velovise fork mount carrier for the bike and am wondering if that could be causing this. My main question is, how can I fix this or should I bother? Will chipping of the finish there work it's way up the fork? Could it be the actual fork materiel chipping and will this cause weakness?

Thanks in advance.
i would start to be worriedstr8dum1
Aug 21, 2002 8:14 AM
I had a close friend that starting getting chips on her fork. Then she was just riding and the left blade cracked all the way through. She crashed pretty hard. I assume thats a roof carrier. The chips are prolly from rocks etc in the air that hit the fork. I'd keep an eye on it but things like that can cause carbon to fail unexpectedly.
More details?Kerry
Aug 21, 2002 5:31 PM
Are you saying that the paint is chipping off the dropouts? They are nearly always aluminum, so this should not be an issue at all. On the other hand, if it is chipping off the fork itself above the dropouts, then you might be experiencing excessive flex and be nearing failure. Alternatively, it could just be from that gravel truck you drove behind on the X-way. Paint chipping from flex often means that the paint comes off in long rectangles, while paint chips from impacts tend to be round with ragged edges. Which do you think it is?
More details?TommyRides
Aug 22, 2002 3:28 AM
Yes, it's chipping only from the dropouts. The bike is only 3 weeks old! I thought the dropouts to be aluminum also but wasn't sure as the exposed area is a strange yellowish plastic-ish looking color.

I also wondered, as on my MTB if the removing and replacing of the front wheel as well as the fork mount roof rack contributed to the chipping.

I'll try and take a picture and post again but thanks for your help!

So strange allot of views, and only a few replies to this post!

Thanks!!