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Carbon Fiber Frame Fabrication(4 posts)

Carbon Fiber Frame FabricationJekyll
Aug 31, 2002 11:46 AM
Might be a stupid question but I've seen a few CF frames that were home made by individual riders. Kind of an interesting concept (if only to learn how this is done). Has anyone ever run into information on how to do this from scratch? Not sure if I would actually dare to ride something I would venture to build but I would be interested in getting some information on the subject. Any links of info would be greatly appreciated.
re: Carbon Fiber Frame Fabricationhammy4200
Aug 31, 2002 11:59 AM
Not at all a stupid question. Try: for info from a guy who has done a few of these in his garage. They aren't really that hard to make, and it doesn't take much to make them look nice. Think Bondo...
Don't try this at homeKerry
Sep 1, 2002 2:25 PM
At least two issues to deal with. One is the toxicity of the components (rubber gloves, respirators, spill cleanup), though that can be dealt with. The real reason not to do this is that it is largely a waste of time and money. Successful CF frames first hit the market with the Kestrel in about 1987 (IRRC). CF frames had been built before that but couldn't be considered a success. And even then, success could be considered a relative thing - there were durability and performance issues for several years. It took a lot of pretty smart folks to sort out design issues, fabrication issues, durability issues, and weight issues before CF became a truly mainstream frame material in the late 90s. We're talking hundreds of man years of effort. Given all that they know, and how little you know, what makes you think that you will build anything other than a whippy, crack prone conversation piece? Maybe a heavy, crack prone conversation piece?
hardly the issue in questionJekyll
Sep 1, 2002 9:38 PM
Just trying to get a general idea of how people do this. I may be curious but as I said in the original post, I don't really have much more than intellectual curiosity in the subject........ God forbid anyone has an interest in something they do not know... Lighten up...