Tinea Pedis wrote:
But your bike had a crack, not corrosion?
The chaps point about the way in which carbon fibre bikes tend to fail is also relevant and true (when compared to how an alloy frame fails).
As for the marketing from Seven, do they offer a lifetime warranty on their frames? If so I guess it would mean you will have it for life
if not, then that screen capture makes for some handy evidence for owners out there.
One last thing, how many carbon fibre frames could a F16 aviation mechanic fix for 2 slabs of beer?
when something does go wrong with Ti, the fix tends to be a hell of a lot cheaper.
The way the chap made it sound was like I was riding a time bomb and yes, to be fair carbon does fail quite spectacularly fortunately I haven't had to be the one to experience it yet.
I've heard only good things about Seven, Moots and other reputable builders but there are some other companies out there that I have heard horror stories about. Obviously I can't say anything about the others as I've only had one Ti bike.
Unfortunately we don't have any carbon aircraft here in the Thai air force.
Our planes are rather rundown and corruption with the top brass prevents any regular scheduled maintenance to be done. If it ain't broke yet, they aren't gonna fix it.
I have hitched a ride on an L39 Albatros that was scheduled for maintenance at another airbase and I can confidently say I will take the bus next time.
I've even heard such stupid comments like "Don't ride your carbon bike in the rain!" I could never get a legitimate reason from them as to why I shouldn't ride my bike in the rain.
Might be due to the older issues of galvanic corrosion with carbon frames...I think also back in the late 80's & early 90's Ti was the wonder metal, being slightly overbuilt at that stage and only several major builders such as Merlin & Litespeed. Carbon frames were still having problems back then but Ti was "the" material...
Not invincible but I'd choose a Ti frame over a carbon any day...
I would believe so, my frame was built in the early 90's. I haven't had a chance to acquire another Ti frame yet, but I do miss the feeling of a Ti bike, I also loved not having to worry about paint issues too!