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phutphutend pinkbikeaudience's article
May 13, 2015 at 4:42
May 13, 2015
Ask Pinkbike: Used Carbon, Shoe Advice, Replacement Cranks and Super Gravity Tires
RCs comment about the fibres taking the load, therefore a damaged matrix not being an issue isn't true. The matrix actually supports the fibres so they don't locally buckle. In addition, the matrix transfers the shear from bending between the layers of fibres. So if the matrix is damaged, or has become detached from the fibres, you have lost all bending strength in that local part of the wall. And the fibre will be much more susceptible to local buckling under compression load. So if the damage is in a part that takes in-plane tensile load, no worries. If it's in a part that takes in-plane compressive load, e.g. the bottom of the downtube in a head on crash, it might lead to a more overall failure. Tubes are generally designed to take load in-plane, so the lack of bending strength probably isn't an issue. The other issue with carbon is something called BVID in the aerospace industry. Barely Visible Impact Damage. A knock on the outside does very little visible damage, but inside the lamina of carbon have separated, giving the damaged matrix I talk about above. But admittedly, in aerospace the matrix materials are much less damage tolerant and ductile than those I expect are used in the bike industry. But, real world experience is much more valuable than hypothesising. From the comments above, it seems to be an equal mix of those happy with carbon from experience, those not happy with carbon from experience and those nervous without any experience. Remember, steel is the only true answer.
May 11, 2015 at 11:56
May 11, 2015
phutphutend HotlinesEurope's article
May 7, 2015 at 15:37
May 7, 2015
NS Bikes Expand UK Race Team for 2015
Well done chaps, lovin the serious faces!
phutphutend mikekazimer's article
May 6, 2015 at 4:21
May 6, 2015
First Ride: Shimano Deore XT M8000
I made the jump from 8 to 9 speed last year. Perhaps next year I could move to 10? But, I'm feeling nervous, it might have to wait until 2017. It seems the rate of change of adding cogs is greater than my rate of adoption of the new technology. Do you think I could fit 8 of an 11spd cassette onto a zero dish rear hub? Now that would be good...
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Apr 30, 2015 at 12:18
Apr 30, 2015
phutphutend mikekazimer's article
Apr 30, 2015 at 12:04
Apr 30, 2015
1 Question: What's the Next Step For Mountain Bike Suspension Technology?
I think you and it seems everyone else may have missed the joke! Never mind...
phutphutend mikekazimer's article
Apr 30, 2015 at 3:16
Apr 30, 2015
1 Question: What's the Next Step For Mountain Bike Suspension Technology?
Electronic thermostatically controlled Dampening for when it gets hot?
phutphutend geebeebee's article
Apr 29, 2015 at 0:08
Apr 29, 2015
Bespoked Bicycle Show 2015
Joe here from Starling Cycles. Things have only really started happening for me recently, so this years Bespoked wasn't really on my list. Maybe next year? I did go and have a look round, but to be honest, it was 33% fixies, 33% road bikes, 33% town bikes, 1% mountain bikes. Its not really my target audience? But yes, hopefully I'll have some bikes to sell this Summer. Keep an eye on my Facebook page for updates Facebook/StarlingCycles
phutphutend DoyenUK's photo
Apr 21, 2015 at 13:38
Apr 21, 2015
Looks great. Where did you get the paint job done. I agree it's a lovely colour.

Apr 15, 2015 at 4:04
Apr 15, 2015
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