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Carbon Fork Lifespan?

Old 11-14-22, 07:50 AM
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Sadly, the original Baby Bike Bolts thread is locked so you have to look for it.
and my Google fu sux.

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Old 11-14-22, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Shadco View Post
and my Google fu sux.

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Here is the thread, for those who want a trip down memory lane:

​​​​​​https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycl...ng-temper.html
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Old 11-14-22, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Here is the thread, for those who want a trip down memory lane:

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Old 11-19-22, 05:11 PM
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I have a 2008 time carbon fork on my 1993 peugeot prestige road bike with a steel steering pivot, never had a problem with it
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Old 11-20-22, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by rchan View Post
I've recently purchased a new road bike to replace my old all steel one. I was a bit wary about getting this one because it had a carbon fork instead of a steel one, but I got it anyway, because I figured I can get the info about the average lifespan of this type of material on the Internet.

Well, since I am writing here, you can probably guess I couldn't find anything useful at all. Occasionally I'd find something about how many cycles a carbon fork would last, but that isn't very useful since I don't know how many cycles a fork will go through in one of my typical rides, and usually the info is about a specific brand and model.

Does anybody know what is the average life of a carbon fork in terms of years or distance? I average about 1800 miles a year, pretty low milage in the grand scheme of things. Normally I wouldn't be so concered if it weren't for the fact that unlike steel, which usually bends when it fails, carbon tends to snap. Or is my concern outdated? Do recent carbon forks have something in them that will keep them from failing catostrophically?

Any info or web site referrals will be greatly appreciated.

I've got a bike with a 32 year old ALUMINUM fork and I have no fear of dying because of it. You should be fine for the next several hundred years with that carbon fork.

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I just took my 2004 Bianchi Vigorelli (steel, with carbon fork) on a metric century last month. Cranked up 2k feet so I could bomb down the other side - IIRC, Strava said I nearly hit 50mph on that run, with an average on that descent of over 27mph. And then I got to go up 2k ft again, and bomb down the same road that I climbed up at the beginning of the day - nearly a dozen hairpins that required some hard braking. The fork (and the whole bike) did fine.

There's a small chip in the clear coat by the crown (which is alloy, I think) from an argument with a bike rack early in the bike's life, but she was my main bike for 14 years, and certainly has mileage in the 5-figure range.
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Old 11-29-22, 03:00 AM
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Originally Posted by aliasfox View Post
I just took my 2004 Bianchi Vigorelli (steel, with carbon fork) on a metric century last month. Cranked up 2k feet so I could bomb down the other side - IIRC, Strava said I nearly hit 50mph on that run, with an average on that descent of over 27mph. And then I got to go up 2k ft again, and bomb down the same road that I climbed up at the beginning of the day - nearly a dozen hairpins that required some hard braking. The fork (and the whole bike) did fine.

There's a small chip in the clear coat by the crown (which is alloy, I think) from an argument with a bike rack early in the bike's life, but she was my main bike for 14 years, and certainly has mileage in the 5-figure range.
Those 2000 era Bianchis (Vigorelli, Veloce and Eros) are great bikes. Almost got the Veloce… still looking for it on Craigslist.
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Old 11-29-22, 04:32 AM
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Originally Posted by procrit View Post
Wait till he finds out commercial jets use lots of carbon fiber and composites for frames and fuselages that are subjected to harsher conditions than a typical road bike frame.
They don't get hammers droped on them every ride though.
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I would expect the carbon fork to last you the lifetime of your bike. I've had full carbon bikes that were 20+ years old and had no issues...

Any bike can be destroyed due to misuse, no matter the material.

My carbon fork (from 2009 BMC bike) has suffered minor damage from a pebble getting lodged in between the tire and fork. It is missing the paint on that spot, and perhaps a little bit of the resin has been chipped off. This caused me some concern at first. But I've since ridden it for another 5 or 10 000 km with no issues.

Honestly I cannot believe how many threads on this forum are made up of discussions on carbon fiber and whether or not it is safe/ prone to failure / better or worse than steel or alloy.

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Originally Posted by maartendc View Post
...Honestly I cannot believe how many threads on this forum are made up of discussions on carbon fiber and whether or not it is safe/ prone to failure / better or worse than steel or alloy.
Agree, I think it is a result of the much more graphic/explicit nature of the photos one sees of failures or damage (assplode photos) as opposed to steel or aluminum which are often just dents. True Temper, Deda, Kestrel, Columbus, Look, Reynolds, Easton forks have no life limit unless damaged.
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Old 11-29-22, 09:55 AM
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Those 2000 era Bianchis (Vigorelli, Veloce and Eros) are great bikes. Almost got the Veloce… still looking for it on Craigslist.
I love mine. She's not quite as fast as my Lynskey, but she's ridiculously fun and for me, handles telepathically. And that's even with the original carbon fork, which is noticeably flexy after riding it back-to-back with the Enve fork equipped Lynskey. Maybe like comparing a 911 to a Miata (or in my personal experience, a 335i to a Honda Prelude)- Sure, one will be faster every time, but the other one will almost certainly put a smile on your face.

For an eventual n+1, I've considered just taking my Bianchi into a custom frame builder and asking for identical geometry, with modern adjustments such as disc brakes and clearance for 30mm. Actually, I'm pretty sure her frame can clear much wider than the 25mm I have on her, just not sure about the brake calipers...
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My wife was not happy about my interest in expanding my stable, because she thought I'd be paying >$1000/bike. When she learned how little a C&V bike costs - TO BUY - she essentially gave me free rein. .
C&V, or just old bikes?
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C&V, or just old bikes?
C&V is in the eye of the beholder. To me, it means bikes well beyond "Department Store" level, the ones you'd have had to find an actual bike shop for, with at least some pretense of performance.
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