Carbon fibre is a great material to work with and there is absolutely no problem with repairing or even replacing full sections of damaged tubing. Most carbon frames have usually been made in several sections which are then bonded together. At times we even find evidence of sections of carbon that have been repaired by the manufacturer before they left the factory!
We often get asked if we remove the damaged fibers when we repair a frame or do you just go over the top?
The picture below answers that question. We remove all the damage and delaminated layers whether that means 1 or 2 layers or a full damaged section of the frame. Often there is unseen delamination below the surface layers and at times we find that factory delamination may have even been the cause of the issue in the first place. The first picture shows where we had to remove the top section of the tube (caused by a bar slap) and the second picture is the pre-preg layup before it is sanded.
These pictures show some up close repaired head tube damage. Note that no filler was used, this is straight out of a mould we made specifically for this bike.
We can not only make moulds to do specific repairs but we can also vacuum bag your entire frame and make our own internal bladders when needed. With a frame under regulated vacuum and a pressurised custom bladder inside we can insure even distribution and pressure over the repair area whilst it is being cured. We invest and innovate to ensure the best possible outcome for your frame.