lmao... man i feel sorry for the bike, it had to endure the replacement with an artifcial leg.
well no more carbon fibre alternatives for me, well maybe just some, stuff i dont have to rely on
i need money =(
structural carbon is cool ,but the weight savings and and money involved just cant beat out titanium ,magnesium or aluminum for ease of repair ect .When carbon breaks especially pre-preg stuff ,thats all she wrote ,Never be the same again .
magnesium is banned from many tracks, at least by many race orgs
titanium is expensive to buy/machine/fabricate
aluminum stresses easy and has to be overbuilt, but its cheap
my vote aluminum
its all show no go as far as current racing .
The NS500 at the show had carbon upper fork tubes ,swingarm,frame ,subframe,rotors,wheels ,body looked like glass not sure .If that thing went for a tumble it would shatter for sure ,But who cares its a factory racer they prob had 5 of them siting in the paddock just ncase .
Id never buy carbon wheels ,maybe a subframe ,But thats about it ,anything else is too risky unless its done in an autoclave and under some serious pressure and vaccum .Seems any void in the process would create a weak spot and bound to fail .BOdywork yes,small stuff ,,like rear sets or clip on bars ,,kinda ,My fat ass riding on ,or supported by a stressed member ....no way !.plus when it does crash or hit something mits noty going to dent mits going to chip or break ,or worse spider crack inside and you 'll never know til it shatters
carbon fiber has to be one of the most over hyped materials around. it's virtually useless for so many applications but is still used. form over function?
some f1 race chassis are made from carbon,and MOTOGP amost all use carbon rotors amoung other things.CArbon exhausts cans make complete sense becasue it doesnt hold heat .CARBON HEADER ???hmm i wonder if thats been done ? ,,and ive seen quite a few import and drag race guys ue carbon drive shafts .Il stick with metal .Carbon is definately overhyped .it has its uses but overdone no question.
It hurts me to see those forks like that.
Hard to say what happened there. My guess is that he crashed and it broke like that but it's a guess. I sure don't like the way it tore out leaving a clean, glossy section of resin on that one part where the spoke met the rim. No idea if that can be engineered out but it's a weak point. I'd use carbon on important parts. Excellent quality carbon parts for structural uses of course. I've been using them for handlebars for the last year and I feet it's a great product.
From the site above:
"Carbon Fiber Wheels are Lighter, Faster, Safer, Stronger..."
hahah oh I can see that, bullshit.
Ok, maybe lighter.
Faster; how can a rim be 'fast'?
Safer; definately NOT.
Stronger; definately NOT.
pictures dont lie.
Originally Posted by radmtnbkr
Its strength to weight ratio surpasses that of any other commercially usable material in many applications. In situations where steel would be preferable to aluminum (i.e. for the ability to design fatigue free steel), carbon fiber can be used if the user is willing to pay the difference for the lack of weight. The strength related situations where carbon fiber would not be preferable generally involve cost, heat, or elastic applications.
less weight = faster bike, especially rotating mass losses.
Oh well, another overpriced piece of exotica bites the dust...
never mind the rear wheel....did you see how bad the front end was twisted...I'd be crying about that.
ALWAYS RIDE HARD...BUT RIDE SMART