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Cutting carbon steerer(8 posts)

Cutting carbon steererHT
Jan 11, 2002 11:53 AM
What are you guys using to cut the carbon steerers? I want to install my fork by myself. I have access to a Dremel rotary tool. If any of you have used a Dremel, which cutting wheel is utilized? Thanks.
re: Cutting carbon steererAkirasho
Jan 11, 2002 1:10 PM
... I use a composite saw I bought at a Lowes Home Improvement Center... (along with a miter guide)

While the manufacturer recommended a "toothless" composite hacksaw... I had no problems cutting a Reynolds Ouzo Pro Aero with this one...

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Remain In Light.
Thats a fine looking blade (nm)OJ
Jan 11, 2002 1:17 PM
Jan 11, 2002 1:36 PM
Did you get any splintering or problems when using your mentioned saw from Lowes?
Jan 11, 2002 1:49 PM
... no splintering or tear out... I took it slow and easy on the final cut.

The cut itself was quite easy and quick with this saw... kinda made me think that they'd left something out of the composite steerer! The cut end only needed a light sanding and a bit of filing to round over the edges.

I believe that the saw was marketed for composite materials including PVC and acrylics.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
I think...gtx
Jan 11, 2002 3:12 PM
when cutting carbon steerers you want to wrap the area you are going to cut with masking tape or similar to prevent splintering. Maybe someone else can verify as I have never done it, since carbon steerers were after my time in bike shops...
I think I saw that during jury duty. Exhibit A (nm)IAM
Jan 11, 2002 4:32 PM
re: Cutting carbon steererNessism
Jan 11, 2002 4:49 PM
If you want to use a Dremel get a fiber reinforced cutting wheel. They do not break like the hard stone disks.

I use a 6" fiber reinforced cutting wheel that fits in a bench grinder. Cuts carbon steerers like butter.

Make sure you wrap the steerer with some wide masking tape and mark your cutting line before begining. If your cut is rough, you can clean it up on a regular bench grinder.

Using a cutting saw with teeth like someone else did will also work. The problem with this method is that the carbon will turn the saw to junk very quickly. I learned this one the hard way.