Asking Cannondale won't be a useful exercise.Ramjm_2000 said:Not sure I'd be as cavalier about it as kuiwing. How much do you value your teeth/health? IMO it looks pretty bad considering CF gets a very large percentage of its strength from the use of continuous fibers. From the pics it looks like you've rubbed through a layer or more of the CF sheet. That said the big issue will be if the area effected is either a cosmetic or structural layer. I'd email c'dale with pics and if they say its toast I might look into sending it to Calfee for repair if it's possible. Better to be safe than sorry.
Agreed. Gotta tow the company (and lawyers) line.NS2000X said:Asking Cannondale won't be a useful exercise.
To protect themselves their answer can only be that it is not safe.
If you had to have an issue in the carbon I agree this would be the place to have it (versus below the bottom clamp). That said, I can still envision charging down an off camber/sketchy downhill and the tube snapping causing either damage to the internals or just enough loss of control to send you flying. As I mentioned before I'd probably speak with Craig Calfree or Brent Ruegamer, both carbon gurus who repair carbon frames, for their sage advice (Come to think of it I believe Bret has actually done some custom lefty stuff if memory serves me right).NS2000X said:To me it looks to be between the clamps. Meaning there is a natural redundancy in the steer tube. It isn't as safe as the day it was new, but if it did fail, who knows it might not be instantly catastrophic.
The velcro is good, but I have been using electrical tape. Electrical tape does not leave any sticky residue behind either. Plus, one roll will cover all of you bikes, for a long time.MendonCycleSmith said:Two of mine look like that, no problems to date....
I'd get some loop side velcro sticky strips, and use them for protection. The clear scuff pads wear out too fast....:thumbsup: