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Riccfs
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by Riccfs

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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BmanX
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by BmanX

Maybe

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

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?

DuPreez
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by DuPreez

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?

Riccfs
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by Riccfs

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.

BmanX
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by BmanX

I would be interested in Carbon shift levers for my Sram RED and FORCE shifters.
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mrfish
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by mrfish

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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by tochnics

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
Join the light side

a light bike does make you go faster unless you are slow

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