Transporting a carbon bike

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Jerry Tracy
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Transporting a carbon bike

Postby Jerry Tracy » Mon Dec 18, 2017 16:56 pm

Just got my first carbon bike, a new Synapse, and I'm trying to figure out how to transport it since it has a through axle and my old bike was a dropout. I used a fork mount to transport my old bike but since it was a dropout, I'm going to have to make a new tube and pedestal to allow the through axle to fit but my concern is clamping the carbon fork to a metal tube. Do they make a fork mount/pedestal specifically for carbon forks?

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Re: Transporting a carbon bike

Postby Imposter » Mon Dec 18, 2017 17:06 pm

I'm guessing your old bike had carbon forks and that the new forks probably also clamps to a 'metal' hub when the wheel is fitted - so I don't see the issue?
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Re: Transporting a carbon bike

Postby Svetty » Mon Dec 18, 2017 17:07 pm

@ Imposter: his new bike has TAs not QRs

@ OP: Good point - something I'd not considered before. I wonder how TA frames are delivered to LBSs - presumably some sort of hollow fork spacer that the TA passses through?
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Jerry Tracy
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Re: Transporting a carbon bike

Postby Jerry Tracy » Mon Dec 18, 2017 17:14 pm

Imposter wrote:I'm guessing your old bike had carbon forks and that the new forks probably also clamps to a 'metal' hub when the wheel is fitted - so I don't see the issue?

No my old bike was aluminum. Only the left fork has a metal insert for the threads, the other side is just carbon. Thats my concern. Plus the threaded insert is small and doesn't give hardly any material to clamp to.

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Re: Transporting a carbon bike

Postby gazza1286 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 17:56 pm


Jerry Tracy
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Re: Transporting a carbon bike

Postby Jerry Tracy » Mon Dec 18, 2017 18:11 pm

Those look more like a protective device then a transporting device. And of course its made for 15mm axles and mine are 12.

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Re: Transporting a carbon bike

Postby Imposter » Mon Dec 18, 2017 18:27 pm

Jerry Tracy wrote:
Imposter wrote:I'm guessing your old bike had carbon forks and that the new forks probably also clamps to a 'metal' hub when the wheel is fitted - so I don't see the issue?

No my old bike was aluminum. Only the left fork has a metal insert for the threads, the other side is just carbon. Thats my concern. Plus the threaded insert is small and doesn't give hardly any material to clamp to.


Carbon dropouts routinely get clamped to an aluminium wheel hub with no issues - that's the point I'm making. There's no issue in clamping carbon to metal.

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Re: Transporting a carbon bike

Postby Jerry Tracy » Mon Dec 18, 2017 19:36 pm

Okay I see what your saying.

DALESMAN999

Re: Transporting a carbon bike

Postby DALESMAN999 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 23:37 pm

gazza1286 wrote:This looks interesting:-

https://www.bopworx.com/fork-guardtm.html



I have one of these...100% recommendation. Suitable for thru axle an QR and also comes with spacers / adapters for different size axle

Bike now stands upright in the back of my 4x4 with a seatbelt or two bungees , one either side to keep it upright .....It has made life easier transporting and protects the forks


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