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When Carbon Fiber Bikes Break Answered

Not 100% sure how the rider fell (all sorts of stories), but when he did crash - this is the result. CF tubes broken in two places and 1 broken collar bone (a not too uncommon injury on bigger accidents). Just thought someone might be interested :)

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Kiteman

12 years ago

My father came off his bike on a steep downhill run that his mates all chickened out of. His frame was OK, but the front wheel was pretzelled, he wrecked his shoulder and shattered his helmet. Oh, and he was 61 at the time. (As for CF shards, a fellow cub leader got in the way of a splintered CF tent-pole - a three-inch shard went right through his finger, side-to-side like those fake nail-through-the-finger gags).

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bedbugg2Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

omg what luck, i thought i had it bad when i got fibres stuck in my fingers from a broken fishing rod

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Brennn10

12 years ago

Yea, that is what happens to some Composite Lacrosse Sticks.

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Honus

12 years ago

That's a pretty nasty fracture. A buddy of mine is a product manager at Giant- I bet he'd like to see it! How big was the truck that ran over it....

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bedbugg2

12 years ago

that must have been one hell of an accident

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trialex

12 years ago

Holy crap! One of the guys here at work bought a damaged carbon fibre frame. the story behind it was interesting, the previous owner had locked it up, but came back to find just the lock left. The police actually recovered the bike - it had a one inch gap in the top tube where someone had hacksawed out a section to steal it. They guy here repaired it with a fair bit of carbon weave plies, and it looks OK, a bit like a swelling. I wouldn't hold up too much hope for that one though! PS be careful of the shards... they hurt