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Who has broken a carbon fibre fork?(4 posts)

Who has broken a carbon fibre fork?Who has broken a carbon fork?
Apr 30, 2001 7:31 PM
After reading an earlier post about a guy who destroyed a Reynolds Ouzo Pro, I started to wonder about carbon forks breaking... the previous poster said he had hit a deep pothole while racing, and the fork "broke in half"...
This past weekend, I slammed pretty hard into a pothole on a moderate descent- steel frame, Kestrel EMS fork- no damage done, but it made me curious about how & why carbon forks finally "give up".
So who has broken a fork and how did it break? Did the legs snap? Did the dropouts rip out? Did the steerer tube shear?
LBS folks, what have your customers brought in?
Anyone have any pics of a trashed carbon fork?

-Brian B.
re: Who has broken a carbon fibre fork?Trian B
Apr 30, 2001 8:53 PM
steel frame and carbon fork?
funny you should askDuane Gran
May 1, 2001 6:32 AM
It is funny (well actually kind of sad) that you should ask, because I just damaged my carbon fork last weekend. I got mixed up in a crash in a race. It is a good story if anyone is interested in hearing it, but anyhow, I have a pretty bad gouge in the fork and the fibers are scored and showing. The fork didn't actually break, but the integrity is compromised and I can't ride it.

I suspect that a steel fork would have bent and an aluminum fork would have cracked, but I can't be sure. The bad thing about carbon is that it can break in very bad ways, but I wouldn't be afraid of carbon forks falling apart over potholes. Although it might happen, this is not the norm. Thousands upon thousands of cyclists are riding with carbon forks every day and hitting pot holes. If this was really an issue your LBS would have hundreds of horror stories and through the grapevine it would be common knowledge to not use these devices.

Let me put it this way... I'm replacing mine with another carbon fork. Speaking of which, if anyone happens to have a USPS Trek Icon Air Rail (white) in a 1 1/8 steerer let me know.
Story pleaseMass Biker
May 1, 2001 12:47 PM
Duane Gran - you can't leave us hanging; share your race (crash) story with the board.