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Graphite?(5 posts)

Jun 26, 2002 2:25 PM
Stupid question here... but what exactly is a graphite component... like on a lot of older Trek's Icon parts ("Graphite Series") - like stems or seatposts? I mean, I certainly know what graphite itself is, but how does it relate to the actual component material itself? It certainly doesn't have the appearance or "feel" of carbon... is it part of the alloy?

Or what?
It's blackKerry
Jun 26, 2002 4:29 PM
"Grapite" can mean anything, including a trademarked name for a line of components that happen to be black. It can also mean carbon fiber, though you don't hear the "graphite" term much these days as it technically is not a fiber. Do you remember a helmet (early 90s?) called the "Titanium"? It actually had Ti in it - the white pigment in the paint is TiO2, same as the white paint on your house. If the components are CF/epoxy, it should be obvious upon examination. If they are painted / coated / anodized Al, then they are "graphit black" and we're the victims of some marketing/designer simp's "next cool model name" fantasy.
It's blackfiltersweep
Jun 26, 2002 5:23 PM
It certainly doesn't look like or feel like carbon fiber!
Marketing Spougegrzy
Jun 26, 2002 4:45 PM
Like was pointed out above it can really be anything from a color to a material to a brand name. The Marketing types don't really know (anything) and they're hoping you don't either. They want you to buy into an image and a concept and increase their bottom line. Might as well replace the word "graphite" or "carbon" with the word "cheese" UNLESS you know exactly of what and how some thing is made. They're stretching the whole truth in advertising concept to the limit.
My fave is "Composite"off roadie
Jun 27, 2002 8:28 AM
Almost all the "composite" parts I've seen were simple black plastic. That included a set of brake boosters- yeah, I bet THOSE will stiffen up yer canti's!

Well, plastic is made from more than one chemical, so I guess it IS a composite, right? LOL.