|Questions on cutting carbon steerer tube..||Ocky|
Apr 9, 2003 3:33 PM
|Is there a special blade required or recommended to cut carbon steerer tubes?? Also, is normal cutting fluid acceptable?? Thanks in advance|
|cut the steerer with a hacksaw.no dont use fluid!nm||the bull|
Apr 9, 2003 3:40 PM
|re: Questions on cutting carbon steerer tube..||Akirasho|
Apr 9, 2003 6:56 PM
|... I use a pull saw designed for use on composite materials (picked up at Lowes)...
I've not tried a hacksaw, but most manufactures are specific about the type of blade... to reduce the chances of tearout.
Be the bike.
|re: Questions on cutting carbon steerer tube..||wackycyd|
Apr 10, 2003 3:58 AM
|As per 'the Bull's' reply, use a hacksaw for cutting a carbon steerer, just make sure it a new one or newish, so it cuts through the carbon rather than hacking through it and so splitting the carbon itself.
Ps, Akirasho, are you a member of the Triad's what with that blade?...........I'll post a picci of my prefered blade if I can fit it all in, lol.
|Chop saw||El Kabong|
Apr 10, 2003 4:32 AM
|Although I have not seen this recommended, I have had good luck with a chop saw and a sharp carbide blade. I have cut a carbon steerer and carbon mountain bike bars -- very speedy, nice straight cut, and no chipping or delamination.
|re: Questions on cutting carbon steerer tube..||hppy4u|
Apr 10, 2003 7:00 AM
|On the Park tools website they recommend 34 teeth per inch (TPI) for carbon steerers. I went to Target and found a nice Stanley mini hacksaw to cut a Look HSC 3 and a Mizuno carbon fork using the same saw.
I think it costs about $5-6 and has 34-36 tpi. It comes with 2 extra blades so you don't have to worry about losing the sharp edge if you need to do more than one fork.
Hope this helps. It's better than spending $30-40 on something you will probably only use once every 5+ years or whenever you decide to build your next bike. Oh yeah, remember to purchase a flat fine toothed file and a rounded file for finish work on the fork...also available from Target for cheap.