Tightening components on carbon bike

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by michelito, May 25, 2004.

  1. michelito

    michelito New Member

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    I just got my new bike: Kuota Kredo, which comes with all carbon components (a really really nice bike!)

    When they fitted me, I was surprised that they did not use a torque wrench to tighten the screws on bar, stem and saddle post. One of the guys actually said that these should be "tihgtened to the max".

    Am I worrying for nothing in thinking that they might actually have used too much force? If they did, would it show immediately, or would it develop micro-fissures in the carbon that would take time to become visible?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. daveornee

    daveornee New Member

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    I would be more concerned with the comment than with the actual torque. Many mechanics know by feel the proper torque... but if it were my bicycle I would want to know the specifications and see them being followed:

    <http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/torque.shtml>

    Can you get your hands on a calibrated torque wrench to check?
    You will also need the proper size bits to fit the fasteners involved. Carbon fiber may take some time to show cracks.
     
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