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Bent dropout on Carbon fork...fixable?(5 posts)

Bent dropout on Carbon fork...fixable?mlbd
Jul 3, 2002 12:26 PM
I bent the aluminum dropout on my Icon Carbon fork when removing the bike from the roof rack. The shop told me that bending it back was not a great idea because of the possibility of undetectable cracks. So I ordered a new one (Easton EC-70). But now I'm in doubt. Can I bend the drop out back without worrying about the integrity of the fork? I haven't installed the new one yet, so i can return it if the answer is yes. Thanks.
re: Bent dropout on Carbon fork...fixable?JackDanielsFSU
Jul 3, 2002 12:32 PM
I did the same thing and I had bent mine back. It has worked fien so far
re: Bent dropout on Carbon fork...fixable?grzy
Jul 3, 2002 12:51 PM
Send it back to Trek and they will remove the old drop out and bond in another one. I broke the rear der. hanger on my OCLV and they replaced the dropout for $70. It's going to cost you some time though.
re: Bent dropout on Carbon fork...fixable?brider
Jul 3, 2002 1:16 PM
Aluminum is very succeptible to work hardening. So bending it back can indeed induce cracking. Why take a chance with a fork?
re: Bent dropout on Carbon fork...fixable?Crankist
Jul 4, 2002 7:19 AM
Small correction with apologies: Alum. doesn't work harden as do copper and many of the SS alloys- but most alum. alloys except the 5000 series will crack easily on cold bending, as you say. So your end advice should be taken seriously. I say replace the damn thing and fly downhill with confidence.