Carbon Bike Repair
Appleman Bicycles can repair your damaged, broken, busted, or cracked carbon fiber frame! Nearly every carbon fiber frame can be repaired no matter how severe the damage.
I've been fixing carbon fiber for over 10 years and have have a deep understanding of advanced carbon structure repair. I started my career building and repairing wind-turbine blades before moving on to aerospace and then 🚲 !
It's a myth that carbon can't be repaired. In fact, carbon fiber is one of the most repairable materials and each Appleman repair is covered by a 10 year warranty! Repairs are slightly stronger than the pre-damaged frame, add no measurable weight, and don’t alter the ride of the bike.
Read the Gear Junkie article: Carbon Bike Repair is Not a Myth
Carbon Repair Cost
Every repair is unique and will need to be quoted. The size, location, tube, and severity of the damage affects the cost of repair. For reference, common repairs are priced as follows:
$250 Surface damage, small cracks, small dings
$300 Cracked round tubes, the most common damage as found on most seat stays, chain stays, and the top tube
$350 Damage that is soft when squeezed, or damage to square/triangular tubes
$400+ Severe damage, missing sections of tube, tube replacement, damage to joints
$1000+ Drop out replacement
$50+ H20 bottle bosses, cable stops, etc...
Frame Inspection for further damage is free!
Ride that battle-scar proudly! I use only the best UV protected epoxy and carbon fiber. Appleman repairs are as durable as a painted repair, but won’t scratch and chip like paint will. Raw finishes require no maintenance.
To get you back on your bike as quickly as possible, repairs are left smooth with a nude carbon fiber finish with no paint.
A bit of background on this pic... Tobin and Team Donkey Label were racing at the North Star Grand Prix. Tobin crashed heavily in the road race and damaged the top tube. He didn't have an extra bike and repair was the only option. The team brought the bike to the Appleman shop and within 4 hours the bike was repaired and back in Tobin's hands for the crit that afternoon!
Standard turnaround time is 2 weeks*.
I want to get you back on the road (or trail) as soon as possible! 24 hour turnaround is available for an additional $100.
My proficiency with composite repair shines when you need a bike repaired quickly. Using the right materials, process and equipment, I repair your frame without taking any shortcuts.
*I can get you an exact turnaround time at the time I receive your bike
Emergency repair can be completed the same day. Contact me for a quote.
Carbon Repair Capabilities
I can fix a wide variety of carbon fiber damage to your frame. The most common repairs are:
Car and roof rack accidents
Water bottle mount add-on
Disc Wheels (aero)
Cable stop damage
Appleman does *not* repair
handlebars, seat posts, carbon rims, seat masts, or topper damage
Steps to get your frame repaired
1 - Email pictures of the damaged bike to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you an estimate with cost, turnaround time, shipping and prep info.
2 - If you're in the Minneapolis area, we can arrange a time for your to drop off the bike. If not, I recommend using BikeFlights "round-trip" shipping.
3 - Ship frame in a bike box to Appleman Bicycles, please include your contact information in the box.
4 - Full payment is required before the repaired frame is returned to you. You may send a check with the bike, or pay via PayPal.
5 - Reassemble… and ride!
How strong are repairs?
Repaired areas of the frame are stronger and tougher than the original frame. I use my expertise to evaluate each repair, rebuild it and improve upon the existing carbon fiber layups to maximize strength and durability.
How durable are repairs?
The repair will outlast the rest of the bike.
Do I need to remove all the components from my bike?
No! I need clear access around the entire damaged tube. Often, this is as simple as moving a cable, or removing the crank. Often times, nothing needs to be removed! I try and make it as simple as possible for you. When shipping your bike, I recommend removing as many components as practical to reduce shipping cost and minimize the possibility of damage.
What is your repair warranty?
Appleman offers a 10 year warranty on carbon fiber repairs. Work involving metal like adding cable stops or water bottle bosses are not covered under warranty.