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Homemade Carbon Wickedness

This is the second frame I built by joining tubes with fibers and epoxy. Accelerates super easily and climbs wonderfully

Frame:
Homemade Frame / 44mm Paragon Machine Works Headtube / Paragon Machine Works 68mm English BB Shell / Paragon Machine Works Track Dropouts / Rock West Composites tubes

Fork/Headset:
Columbus Pista Leggera (drilled) / Chris King Inset 7

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Dura Ace 7710 / Shimano Dura Ace 7710

Pedals:
Crank Brothers Eggbeater

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
1/8 in / All-City 19t / All-City Pursuit Special 48t / Izumi V Super Tough

Handlebars/Stem:
Race Face Next SL XC / 100mm Thompson x4

Saddle/Seatpost:
Fizik Arione Ti Rails / Kcnc Majestic Seat Mast Topper

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
DT Swiss RR411 20h symmetrical / laced radially to / DT Swiss front track 20h / with / Wheelmaster 1.8-1.5-1.8 spokes & brass nipples / Shwalbe Pro One 23mm / 30ml Velo Cafe foaming sealant / Stan's tubeless rimtape / Stan's 33mm tubeless valve

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
DT Swiss RR411 24h symmetrical / laced 2 cross to / DT Swiss rear track double fixed 24h / with / DT Swiss Competition 2.0-1.8-2.0 spokes & brass nipples / Continental 4 Seasons Grand Prix

Accessories:
Black Cork bar tape / aluminum barends

More Info:
just for fun, I don't ride breakless on the regular anymore. Also IDK why it's no letting me upload photos but I'll add them for this stage when I can

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Century set up
  3. HHSB?
  4. HHSB v2

Added by hwattsnola. Last updated about 1 year ago.

12 Comments

Kyono

Kyono says:

kudos for the work, please don't die on it :^)

Posted over 1 year ago

alleycatfish

alleycatfish says:

this is amazing! how many people have build their own carbon frame at home? also I dig your style: I can't say I haven't done zipties over inner tube before (:

PS those chainstays look scary thin

Posted over 1 year ago

hwattsnola

hwattsnola says:

Thanks dude! It wouldn't be nice to have some thicker chainstays but these are stiff enough for the power I'm putting out. I'll be shaping my own chainstays on my next frame which is exciting

Posted over 1 year ago

twieleba

twieleba says:

Why tubeless for a road/track set up?

Posted almost 2 years ago

hwattsnola

hwattsnola says:

Because I wanted to give road tubeless a try, the lower rolling resistance and puncture protection sounded quite appealing

Posted almost 2 years ago

DuddyJ

DuddyJ says:

So for the joints what other material did you use? did you use like uni stand and wrap it around the joint?

Posted over 2 years ago

hwattsnola

hwattsnola says:

Yep, it was unidirectional 24k? carbon ribbon

Posted over 2 years ago

hwattsnola

hwattsnola says:

I'll try to find some pictures of the build process to upload

Posted over 2 years ago

DuddyJ

DuddyJ says:

Build process pics and links to the uni carbon ribben and epoxy!

Posted over 2 years ago

hwattsnola

hwattsnola says:

So here's the epoxy I used. https://entropyresins.com/product/super...
I had it left over from the bamboo project which I was trying to keep nice and eco friendly (which is kind of a moot point on a carbon frame) but I've seen people use West System 105 which I think is cheaper

The carbon ribbon was from these guys http://www.fibreglast.com/product/24K_C...

and I'll post the build pictures for this one and the bamboo frame when I have the chance to track them all down

Posted over 2 years ago

pearleen

pearleen says:

interesting bro.

if u have a blog with step by step info i'm interested :-)

one thing i'd like to do is CF parts like canti brakes for instance

Posted over 2 years ago

hwattsnola

hwattsnola says:

Here's the method I used to make my bamboo and carbon frames. https://bamboobike.wordpress.com/
To make things like canties the easiest thing to do is to wrap and compress carbon around a form. The main problem with this method is that you can't control your outer tolerances. That being said If you took your time and did your research it would be plausible to make some carbon components, even without a whole lot of expertise. If you do decide to make some let me know, I'd be happy to give advice where I can

Posted over 2 years ago