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dypeterc is 100% right, every carbon (and some alloy) Lefties have the clamps bonded permanently... You would have to replace the whole upper part, clamps and outer carbon tube.
 

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Dan Gerous said:
dypeterc is 100% right, every carbon (and some alloy) Lefties have the clamps bonded permanently... You would have to replace the whole upper part, clamps and outer carbon tube.
@DFYFZX you could paint them... though, matching the colors would be tough.
 

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I got my clamps painted. I had the carbon green clamps, but got them painted black instead of that green... No problem...
 

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painting the clamps voids the warranty???

I can see painting the frame, but the clamps for the lefty? Acutally, I didnt think you got much of a warranty for the lefty.

amillmtb said:
This will void the warranty though.
 

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I'll Chime in on this too... I don't think the problem is as much being painted, I think the problem is with the sanding and any solvents used. Cannondale engineers the clamps to be as light as possible with out compromising the integrity of the clamps. The black coating on most clamps is anodizing which bonds the metal and adds strength. The solvent used and sanding the clamps will weaken the metal, then the paint application will as well weaken the strength of the metal. Paint in most cases will just coat the exterior, in some cases it will leach into the metal and this is not good. The clamps may look CNC'd or one piece to a lot of folks but they are not, they are cast, then polished or anodized. Anodizing is a bit of a different process it will actually bond the metal and cause it to be stronger. I am sure folks are thinking well fine I'll get 'em anodized then! Well its not that easy because they will need to be stripped( if already colored ) or prep'd either way the processes involved will remove enough material that the affects could be Very Dangerous! I am not saying " Do Not Paint your clamps " or " It can't be done!" I am simply giving you the reason Cannondale gives for painting the clamps voiding the warranty.
 

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Thanks, that does make sense. So, I'll get the black sharpie out..........:D
two6labs said:
I'll Chime in on this too... I don't think the problem is as much being painted, I think the problem is with the sanding and any solvents used. Cannondale engineers the clamps to be as light as possible with out compromising the integrity of the clamps. The black coating on most clamps is anodizing which bonds the metal and adds strength. The solvent used and sanding the clamps will weaken the metal, then the paint application will as well weaken the strength of the metal. Paint in most cases will just coat the exterior, in some cases it will leach into the metal and this is not good. The clamps may look CNC'd or one piece to a lot of folks but they are not, they are cast, then polished or anodized. Anodizing is a bit of a different process it will actually bond the metal and cause it to be stronger. I am sure folks are thinking well fine I'll get 'em anodized then! Well its not that easy because they will need to be stripped( if already colored ) or prep'd either way the processes involved will remove enough material that the affects could be Very Dangerous! I am not saying " Do Not Paint your clamps " or " It can't be done!" I am simply giving you the reason Cannondale gives for painting the clamps voiding the warranty.
 
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