I have a problem with two different carbon frames that I use - Scott and Pinarello. Both have a problem that bottle cage holding threads in the frame's down tube are getting loose to a point of rattling. I haven't crashed nor have had any other excessive force applied to the cages, yet they're giving me headache. The question is if there is a good way to fix it. I cannot think of any, but does anyone here have any experience getting an annoyance like this sorted in other way than getting a Camelbak?
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Try getting them re-rivetted.
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Designed to be used after assembly. It seeps into the threads.
http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/t_lkr_ ... en-290.htm
Cannondale was ready to send me a new frame when the rivets came loose on my old supersix. We fixed them at the shop with a rivet gun before it came to that though.
If your frames are still in warranty perhaps your lbs will look after you. If not they should have a rivet gun and be able to tighten the rivet up.
madcow wrote:if you mean the boss is coming loose, it isn't that uncommon. You can usually fix it by expanding the pop rivet a little more. If you have an M5 rivet gun just screw it in and gently squeeze the handle. If you don't have one you can make your own tool. All you need is an M5 bolt, and two nuts, one M5 and one M6 or a little larger.
madcow - Could you elaborate on the make-your-own-tool method? I have an idea of where you're going, but want to be sure.
I had to do this on my CAAD9 after using tune cages. The twist motion you need to use removing bottles worked the mounts loose so even when the cages were on tightly, they rattled in the frame. Switched to more normal style carbon cages and the problem has not happened again in the 2 years since.
Google "rivnuts", thats basically what they are. A rivet with a threaded section through the centre to thread the bolt into.
No need to re-rivet, do not use glue, putty or loctite. They won't work. Anyone suggesting any type of glue is misunderstanding the problem.
Oh, and do it sooner rather than later. Leave it too long and the rivetted part will become so loose it may spin in the frame and you will have a LOT of trouble getting the bottle cage bolts out.
-- Frank Zappa
Don't bother with glue, it does nothing.
A narrow metal tube (6mm ID or so)of about 4" long and a front skewer are all you need.
1. Remove drive side nut and both springs from skewer. Set them aside. Don't lose them.
2. Slip tube onto skewer axle.
3. Thread skewer into offending cage bolt boss, with skewer lever open. Thread it enough that it is just snug.
4. Close skewer lever.
5. Remove skewer from frame and tube from skewer. Reassemble skewer. Enjoy nice tight cage bolt boss.
-- Frank Zappa
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