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    Exclamation Lampre lose €250,000 of kit in truck fire

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    The Lampre-ISD team lost an estimated €250,000 of bikes and other racing kit when one of the team’s trucks was destroyed by fire on a motorway in north-east Spain. The fire broke out when a tyre burst as the truck was traveling on the AP-1 motorway near Burgos.
    The explosion caused a fire to break out in the compartment containing the team’s bikes and other equipment. Although fire-fighters were soon on the scene, it took them almost four hours to put out the flames. They quickly had them under control but the heat was so intense that there was concern that they might flare up again. The incident caused huge traffic jams on the motorway. El Diario de Burgos reported that the jams stretched for 20km and took more than three hours to clear.
    No one was injured in the incident, although El Diario de Burgos reported that the truck’s driver and some of the riders were visibly upset. The riders had been following in the team bus behind the stricken vehicle, and later continued on to spend the night at a hotel in Burgos.
    The truck had been traveling from the San Sebastián Classic towards the team’s next race commitment at the Tour of Portugal. The team will be sending a new set of bikes and equipment to the race which starts on August 4.
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    Just out of curiosity, does anyone know if the carbon fiber frames could survive intact? I know they're ruined and unusable, but could they still be in one piece, or does carbon fiber melt?

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    What they didn't mention....

    is that the tyre was made by Bontrager......
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    I wish I'd never let Henry snap that picture of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbonbass View Post
    Just out of curiosity, does anyone know if the carbon fiber frames could survive intact? I know they're ruined and unusable, but could they still be in one piece, or does carbon fiber melt?
    Its carbon fiber and epoxy resin, I would guess its burns pretty well, unless they put a flame retardant in the epoxy resin. But, if they didn't burn but got quite hot, my guess is that would cause the epoxy to soften and result in warped frames. So they are likely salvageable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbgtbg View Post
    Its carbon fiber and epoxy resin, I would guess its burns pretty well, unless they put a flame retardant in the epoxy resin. But, if they didn't burn but got quite hot, my guess is that would cause the epoxy to soften and result in warped frames. So they are likely salvageable.
    Even if the frames made it through the fire in one piece, which is highly unlikely, there is no way any of those riders will ride them. There is just too much risk to do something like that. I'm sure the insurance company that covers the Lampre team would say the same thing.

    Wilier will send them another truckload of new frames and gear and they'll be up and running in no time. The 250k euro's is retail value, not cost.

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    It would take intense heat and pressure to be able to melt Carbon. Heat and pressures you wont find on the Earths surface. Im sure the frames warped a little but I would expect them to remain intact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BicycleBastard View Post
    It would take intense heat and pressure to be able to melt Carbon. Heat and pressures you wont find on the Earths surface. Im sure the frames warped a little but I would expect them to remain intact.
    Even though the carbon fibers themselves do not burn readily, the resin will burn and this will destroy the frames.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukbloke View Post
    Even though the carbon fibers themselves do not burn readily, the resin will burn and this will destroy the frames.
    Yes. Those frames are toasted.

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    tyre bursting, my behind. What really happened is they let some sunlight into the truck and the carbon fiber frames gesploded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BicycleBastard View Post
    It would take intense heat and pressure to be able to melt Carbon.
    You won't melt carbon, but it will burn just like charcoal if oxygen is around. Anyway, the weaker link is the resin keeping it together.

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    Willier I'm sure will be hurt by loosing all these frames

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    Quote Originally Posted by duz10s View Post
    Willier I'm sure will be hurt by loosing all these frames
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    I want to see if Wilier will honour the warranty claim by the team's truck driver: "I was just driving along, when..."
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