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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 5:13 pm 
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Hello All,
I wanted to know if people would be willing to pay for custom Carbon fiber parts.
I have been in the bicycle industry for over 20 years and also been in the composite industry for 10+ years. I have been working with local bicycle shops repairing carbon bikes out of warranty. I recently have started to create lightweight bicycle parts that can be color coded to match the bicycle colors.

I recently have mad a replacement shifter lever for Shimano Dur-Ace shifter which save 40grams. I would like to get some feedback if this is something that people would be willing to pay for or if it is not enough weight savings. I also have the capability of color coding the carbon weave so that every other weave is a color, so for red bikes the shifters can be a Black/Red carbon.
Any information and advice would be greatly appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight parts
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 5:44 pm 
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Maybe

Post what you have done so we can see and then we will let you know.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight parts
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 11:15 pm 
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I am aways willing to pay for light weight modifications but the parts would have to be quality. The shifter mod looks promising what other items were you thinking of producing?


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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight parts
PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 5:25 pm 
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Firstly, congrats on what looks to be a very nice piece of craftsmanship :beerchug: . May I ask where you are based? I maybe interested in the production of some bespoke items. What manufacturing techniques do you have access to/what are you experienced in?


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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight parts
PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 5:31 pm 
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Hello DuPreez,
I am located in Virginia, i have a web site you can take a look at (its in the works though) WWW.CarbonFiberSolutions.net
I have a full set up for machining parts as well as a 6 x 3 autoclave that all my parts are put through and various other composite tool for doing all sorts of different lay-ups.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight parts
PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 7:24 pm 
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I would be interested in Carbon shift levers for my Sram RED and FORCE shifters.

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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight parts
PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 2:34 pm 
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Nice quality, but $/g ratio isn't as good as it needs to be IMHO. Do some sums and see how your ratios compare with say BTP's shift lever clamps. Then factor in a 100% margin if you want a re-seller to be involved. My guess is that you will either have to simplify the production process or accept that this is going to be a very niche part.


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 Post subject: Re: Lightweight parts
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 10:22 pm 
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i would

best advertisement is your projects

weight weenies normaly pay top dollar for small carbon parts nobody makes

but not without a nice list of parts ready to order

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