It happened. Your beloved carbon fiber frame has a crack. Perhaps you crashed, or some disgruntled airline baggage handler got a hold of your machine and decided to see how far he could throw it. Or maybe you were playing Tommy Torque-Wrench and the seat-collar or front derailleur clamp were accidentally overtightened? What now? New frame? How are you going to explain that one to your wife/husband/significant other/parents? Don't worry! Besides building some of the finest frames and components that money can buy, Predator Cycling is also your source for carbon repair. Broken, busted, cracked, nicked, chipped, or severed, we've seen it all and we can usually fix it. We specialize in bicycle frames, ISPs (integrated seat posts), minor fork repairs, wheels (not including the brake tracks), and handlebars. AND if it turns out that your frame/part is DOA, we can always build or source you a new one—we promise not to charge you an arm and a leg for the replacement.
Why Use Predator Cycling for Carbon Fiber Repair Work?
*Please Note* This article posted in 2012. As of 2017, Predator Cycling has moved to Greater Nashville, TN and no longer operates out of Los Angeles, CA. We offer local repair to those in the Nashville area ONLY* Please contact us with questions.
When it comes to bicycles, you name it and we probably build it out of carbon fiber. Almost all of our frames and components are made of carbon fiber. It stands to reason, then, that one of our most commonly requested services is, you guessed it, carbon fiber repair for bicycle frames and components.
We're local to Los Angeles, the only Carbon Bike Repair shop that is, you can literally drive to our shop in Santa Monica and drop off the bike, and come by to pick it up a couple weeks later. If you need it sooner, we offer expedited service as well. *NOW LOCATED IN THE GREATER NASHVILLE AREA AS OF 2017*
Everything is done by hand, in house. This allows us to offer competitive pricing and quick turn-around times that other mail in services just can't match. We'll give you an estimate before we start working on your bike, but it's important to note that the average repair job starts at around $150 and goes up from there, depending on the severity of the damage. To get started we've got a carbon fiber repair form just go ahead and fill that out and we will get back to you as soon as we can with a estimate and estimated turn around
Happily ever after?
We've never had a bike come back after having been repaired at our shop, and we offer a lifetime non-transferable warranty to back it up. In fact, some bikes leave our shop stronger than the day they were purchased! We think that's the way it should be.
Why you need to get that "chip" looked at right away
We're not out to scare anyone, but if the integrity of your carbon fiber bicycle is compromised, you need to stop riding it RIGHT NOW until you know more. It could crack, de-laminate or eventually catastrophically fail right underneath you. We've heard all sorts of crazy stories and, well, seen most of them too. Fixing a small chip on your carbon bike is obviously easier to do the sooner you catch it—and most of the time will cost significantly less than waiting. We've fixed hundreds of models from dozens of manufacturers. What are you waiting for?
We're taking questions
We'll follow up this blog post with a "part 2" in a few weeks. We'll be putting together a FAQ as well, dedicated to answering the most common questions that we get regarding carbon fiber repair work. Our goal is to get all of these questions answered—just ask away in our comments section below and we'll make sure that we cover it in our upcoming carbon repair FAQ. In the meantime, if you have a cracked frame or want to ask a question about the repair process, the easiest way is to fill out a form. It only takes a few minutes, and we'll get back to you within a couple days UPDATE- We have added a carbon repair FAQ page.