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kestrel fork concern(3 posts)

kestrel fork concerntank hog
May 9, 2001 1:53 PM
I've noticed recently on my EMS Kestrel fork that on the outside face of one of the blades where a fine seam runs length wise, that the clear finish is starting to
blister along the seam. It is relatively minor and isn't getting noticibly worse but still has me concerned. A failure of a carbon fork would be catastrophic.
Note this fork is an older made in the USA model has 6-7 seasons on it and 5 of them have been racing.
Has anyone had a similar experience?????
Big Differencegrz mnky
May 9, 2001 3:56 PM
There's a big difference between a cosmetic blister of the finish and the epoxy carbon matrix starting to come apart - which would be rare after all this time. Many mfrs. have had problems with finishes coming off of composite components, but it should affect the structural integrity. To be safe you should run it by a Kestrel dealer or contact them directly - they're a very good group of folks.
Big Differenceblb
May 9, 2001 8:14 PM
Fantastic insight. Very keen advice. I am in awe.