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Carbon Fork question(5 posts)

Carbon Fork questionTommyRides
Aug 21, 2002 4:49 PM
I posted this on the components message board hoping for more replies...but here goes on this one.

I have a brand new Devinci road bike with a carbon fiber fork. I unloading the bike from my Thule Velo roof mount, I noticed some chipping in the paint or finish right around the wheel dropouts where the QR clamps on....or where the velovise clamps onto the fork on the carrier.

I was somewhat alarmed..but it looks like it's only on the a paint chip.

Can this be dangerous to the integrity of the fork..or should I just forget about it an ride. If it were aluminum, I'd not worry, but being carbon..I don't have much experience there so input is appreciated.

My MTB is all chipped up here from removing the wheel, mounting and dismounting from the roof rack..I pay no attention..but like I say..the road bike is different.

Thanks in advance for input!'s not like cracked..just chipped..
39 Views and NO replies????TommyRides
Aug 22, 2002 4:27 AM
Hey folks..don't worry..I won't sue you if you say "don't worry about it" and then I crash on my face! If this is a stupid question, let me know!

Maybe just noone knows and that's fine too but a little response..even sarcasm would be appreciated. I'll be taking the bike to my LBS, but wanted some impressions before I go back there.

it should be finebsenez
Aug 22, 2002 4:36 AM
If the chips are only around the dropouts i wouldn't worry, all forks that i am aware of use aluminum inserts for the dropout and removing the paint from them will actually give you a more solid connection when you clamp down the QR. This happened to me with my old fork and my new one (ec90) came with no paint on the dropouts.
it should be fineTommyRides
Aug 22, 2002 5:22 AM
Thanks....just needed some reassurance. I thought the drops were alum. but it didn't look it under the chipped area. Plus being a brand new bike, the first chips are hardest to take.
STOP...!!!Carbon fiber fanatik
Aug 22, 2002 5:35 AM
Whatever you do? Do not take your new bike back to the LBS for chips around the dropouts..! You will only be the laugh of the week! Chipping paint especially around dropouts is the norm. Skewers are serrated for a reason. To bite and hold. Personally, I dont like painted dropouts for that very reason. I'll actually scribe a circle around the dropout (front or rear) and carefully remove any paint. If you dont? The paint could chip and you will not be happy with that.
One more thing? Dont be afraid of carbon fiber. Its actually one of the strongest and most engineered materials on the planet.
Now go ride..! and congrats on the new bike.