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What is the lifespan of a carbon frame ?

NervexProfNervexProf Posts: 4,202
edited July 2015 in Workshop
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  • keezxkeezx Posts: 1,319
    Nothing new , all well-known stuff.
  • NervexProfNervexProf Posts: 4,202
    Nothing new , all well-known stuff.

    Sniffy response - what about others.
    Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom
  • bikes`n`gunsbikes`n`guns Posts: 959
    Well mine is warranted for life, so I suppose it`ll last for life then.
    Trek,,,, too cool for school ,, apparently
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Warranted for life these days means about 5 years for the first owner only (read the small print)
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • ben-----ben----- Posts: 573
    Well mine is warranted for life, so I suppose it`ll last for life then.

    The way I understand it is the life time being talked about there isn't your life time but the frame's life. And that amount of time is entirely up to the manufacturer. I remember vaguely a conversation about this in relation to Cannondale's lifetime warantee. For carbon frames it's soemthing rediculously short like 3 years. So Cannondale's frames are covered by a life time warantee, and the designated by Cannondale lifetime of a carbon frame is 3 years (or something like 3 years, I can't remember for sure). Lifetime warrantees are a complete con it would appear.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,767
    Well mine is warranted for life, so I suppose it`ll last for life then.

    The way I understand it is the life time being talked about there isn't your life time but the frame's life. And that amount of time is entirely up to the manufacturer. I remember vaguely a conversation about this in relation to Cannondale's lifetime warantee. For carbon frames it's soemthing rediculously short like 3 years. So Cannondale's frames are covered by a life time warantee, and the designated by Cannondale lifetime of a carbon frame is 3 years (or something like 3 years, I can't remember for sure). Lifetime warrantees are a complete con it would appear.

    Are we talking about lifespan or warranty period? Some people drive 100 year old cars, but the cars never had a 100 year warranty.
  • slowmartslowmart Posts: 4,184
    Specialized is a lifetime warranty on the frame only
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  • markhewitt1978markhewitt1978 Posts: 7,614
    Good article. It would seem that beyond crashing it or bouncing it around in the car for ages a carbon frame will last forever.

    And in the article they were taking about a rider lifetime; if the frame is looked after.
  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 9,207
    Good article. It would seem that beyond crashing it or bouncing it around in the car for ages a carbon frame will last forever.

    And in the article they were taking about a rider lifetime; if the frame is looked after.
    Given that it was based on interviews from people who make and sell carbon fibre frames, you might want to read it a little more critically.
  • DKayDKay Posts: 1,652
    Good article. It would seem that beyond crashing it or bouncing it around in the car for ages a carbon frame will last forever.

    And in the article they were taking about a rider lifetime; if the frame is looked after.
    Given that it was based on interviews from people who make and sell carbon fibre frames, you might want to read it a little more critically.

    Nothing that was mentioned in the articles is incorrect and the greater fatigue-resistant properties of carbon fibre composites are generally well known. Also, the people quoted in the article work for bike companies which also sell lots of metal-framed bikes and they also state the downsides of carbon composites, such as poor resistance to surface impacts.
  • StillGoingStillGoing Posts: 5,207
    My Basso is 7 years old and still rides like new. It's been crashed on and ridden in all extremes of weather. My Merida has a lifetime frame replacement and I would think most of us with expensive bikes have them insured against accidental damage.
    I ride a bike. Doesn't make me green or a tree hugger. I drive a car too.
  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 9,207
    Good article. It would seem that beyond crashing it or bouncing it around in the car for ages a carbon frame will last forever.

    And in the article they were taking about a rider lifetime; if the frame is looked after.
    Given that it was based on interviews from people who make and sell carbon fibre frames, you might want to read it a little more critically.

    Nothing that was mentioned in the articles is incorrect and the greater fatigue-resistant properties of carbon fibre composites are generally well known. Also, the people quoted in the article work for bike companies which also sell lots of metal-framed bikes and they also state the downsides of carbon composites, such as poor resistance to surface impacts.
    It was the blanket conclusion I was quibbling with.
  • bikes`n`gunsbikes`n`guns Posts: 959
    Warranted for life these days means about 5 years for the first owner only (read the small print)

    Nope, sorry wrong.

    Trek warrants the frame for the lifetime of the first owner.
    Trek,,,, too cool for school ,, apparently
  • bikes`n`gunsbikes`n`guns Posts: 959
    Well mine is warranted for life, so I suppose it`ll last for life then.

    The way I understand it is the life time being talked about there isn't your life time but the frame's life. And that amount of time is entirely up to the manufacturer. I remember vaguely a conversation about this in relation to Cannondale's lifetime warantee. For carbon frames it's soemthing rediculously short like 3 years. So Cannondale's frames are covered by a life time warantee, and the designated by Cannondale lifetime of a carbon frame is 3 years (or something like 3 years, I can't remember for sure). Lifetime warrantees are a complete con it would appear.

    See above
    Trek,,,, too cool for school ,, apparently
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