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Roof bar advice

arix36arix36 Posts: 67
edited June 2017 in MTB buying advice
Hi guys iam wanting to get a Thule roof rack system however iam concerned about the frame clamp on a carbon frame. Has anyone done this and if so was there any damage done to the frame at all

Many thanks Anthony

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  • arix36arix36 Posts: 67
    POAH wrote:
    concerned about what

    The clamp that holds the bike damaging the frame this is my first carbon fibre frame and iam a bit apprehensive tbh
  • figbatfigbat Posts: 680
    I clamp my Cube Reaction GTC Pro with the Thule rack - not dead yet. Due to the frame and rack layouts the clamp is right at the bottom of the downtube, close to the bottom bracket so a pretty sturdy place to be clamping. Besides, it's not a vice, it just needs to hold it snug.
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  • arix36arix36 Posts: 67
    figbat wrote:
    I clamp my Cube Reaction GTC Pro with the Thule rack - not dead yet. Due to the frame and rack layouts the clamp is right at the bottom of the downtube, close to the bottom bracket so a pretty sturdy place to be clamping. Besides, it's not a vice, it just needs to hold it snug.


    Thats reassuring to know thanks
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    The carbon frame is likely to be much more robust than an aluminium frame with a higher force required to failure, don't hear of many issues with Al frames.
  • davesnotheredavesnothere Posts: 620
    I use mine with carbon frame but i wrap the downtube in some 3mm Correx first just to spread the load a little and protect the paint, as said above it doesn't have to be clamped super tight like a workstand would.

    The jaws just need to be snug enough to stop it moving around
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  • arix36arix36 Posts: 67
    Brilliant thanks guys fears averted
  • Apply some helicopter tape where it is going to be clamped. I never bothered on my old bike and it eventually wore the paint off the frame.
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