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    The A, B, Cs of Carbon Fiber

    This isn't really new information but it was interesting to see it all summed up in one article.

    The 10 Things You Didn't Know About Carbon Fiber | Bicycling
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    This isn't really new information but it was interesting to see it all summed up in one article.

    The 10 Things You Didn't Know About Carbon Fiber | Bicycling
    Interesting read but I think this carbon fiber fad thing is coming to and end

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    Interesting read but I think this carbon fiber fad thing is coming to and end
    ... and why do you think that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chader09 View Post
    ... and why do you think that?
    Other than wishful thinking, I've got nothing

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    What will replace it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    Interesting read but I think this carbon fiber fad thing is coming to and end
    I think the era of plastic bikes is just getting started. I am a traditionalist but appreciate the value of the newer material, the frames are extremely light, the materials can be sculpted into great shapes and its performance is exceptional. Plastic is here to stay!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    What will replace it?
    I am not aware of any new wonder material muscling in on CF's turf. We will be stuck with the stuff for a while.

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    From:
    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    Interesting read but I think this carbon fiber fad thing is coming to and end
    To an answer of my "Why" question:
    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    Other than wishful thinking, I've got nothing
    And this conclusion:
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    I am not aware of any new wonder material muscling in on CF's turf. We will be stuck with the stuff for a while.
    ... in a matter of hours?

    So, CF is going, going... totally here to stay.

    Copy that red leader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chader09 View Post
    From:


    To an answer of my "Why" question:


    And this conclusion:


    ... in a matter of hours?

    So, CF is going, going... totally here to stay.

    Copy that red leader.
    Maybe in 30 years CF nostalgia enthusiasts will be lamenting whatever new material replaced CF

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    Carbon fiber bikes aren't going away anytime soon. Why? One word:

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    Other than wishful thinking, I've got nothing
    I'd love to know the why behind the statement. Do tell!

    I don't go for steel myself but I sure wouldn't want the option of steel to go away.

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    There's nothing in the article about why they have to have disc brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biscut View Post
    I'd love to know the why behind the statement. Do tell!

    I don't go for steel myself but I sure wouldn't want the option of steel to go away.
    I thought it was clear that my post was tongue in cheek. I'm a steel aficionado but I also have a soulless plastic bike and a Ti one so I'm at least slightly open-minded

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    What will replace it?
    I'm guessing 3d printed frames/parts will be all the rage in a few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2deep View Post
    I think the era of plastic bikes is just getting started.
    yeah composite frames just got started. in 1987

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    Quote Originally Posted by beeristasty View Post
    I'm guessing 3d printed frames/parts will be all the rage in a few years.
    But with what material? Let me guess, carbon fiber & resin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    But with what material? Let me guess, carbon fiber & resin.
    Actually, 3D printing of metal is a thing (a very expensive thing) right now. It will continue dropping in price and may become a practical solution at some point in the distant future.

    DW is making a new bike brand with custom lugs via 3D printing:
    https://robotbike.co/technology/?v=7516fd43adaa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chader09 View Post
    Actually, 3D printing of metal is a thing (a very expensive thing) right now. It will continue dropping in price and may become a practical solution at some point in the distant future.

    DW is making a new bike brand with custom lugs via 3D printing:
    https://robotbike.co/technology/?v=7516fd43adaa
    You mean we are going back to metal for bike frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    But with what material? Let me guess, carbon fiber & resin.
    Close - carbon fiber filament.

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    whatever happened to the graphene stuff, wasn't that supposed to take over (replacing carbon fiber with ever so slightly different carbon fiber)
    All the gear and no idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chader09 View Post
    Actually, 3D printing of metal is a thing (a very expensive thing) right now. It will continue dropping in price and may become a practical solution at some point in the distant future.

    DW is making a new bike brand with custom lugs via 3D printing:
    https://robotbike.co/technology/?v=7516fd43adaa
    Haven't we been using CNC machines to do make metal parts this for a couple of decades?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    Haven't we been using CNC machines to do make metal parts this for a couple of decades?
    This results in more wasted metal that has to be recycled. It adds up to extra costs and time. The hope is laser sintering eventually makes financial sense for small-medium volume brands to pump out custom bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beeristasty View Post
    Close - carbon fiber filament.
    Carbon fiber filament just means it's a continuous thread rather than cut-up fabric sheets. It still runs through a resin bath before it is layered. The resin is what gives carbon fiber structure and it's the RP in CFRP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ceugene View Post
    This results in more wasted metal that has to be recycled. It adds up to extra costs and time. The hope is laser sintering eventually makes financial sense for small-medium volume brands to pump out custom bikes.
    Well stated, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ceugene View Post
    This results in more wasted metal that has to be recycled. It adds up to extra costs and time. The hope is laser sintering eventually makes financial sense for small-medium volume brands to pump out custom bikes.
    The link doesn't say what kind of power it takes to do "Selective Laser Melting" but I wonder whether that makes up for whatever waste a CNC machine creates

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