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Questions on cutting carbon steerer tube..(6 posts)

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 dont use fluid!nmthe 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 sawEl 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.

El K.
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.