Saving weight with Carbon Fiber?


11 replies to this topic
  • CyclePro238

Posted April 05, 2009 - 03:29 PM

#1

I am gonna start rebuilding my bike at the end of April and want to replace all the stock guards with Carbon Fiber parts from Light Speed. I am just wondering how much weight I could take off my bike doing this?

Thanks, Nick

  • yamaman1

Posted April 05, 2009 - 04:14 PM

#2

Not enough to make it worth it. I doubt you could save more than a pound or two.

  • 642MX

Posted April 05, 2009 - 04:37 PM

#3

You could probably shed more weight by eating salads for a week..... :confused:

In all honesty, CF looks good and its lighter, but the majority (maybe all of us) are not good enough riders to tell any difference. But, you should go for it, if its what you want. :thumbsup:

  • Kyledvor61

Posted April 05, 2009 - 05:08 PM

#4

the pimp factor would add about 5hp easy

  • adamdf

Posted April 05, 2009 - 05:39 PM

#5

It really is more about the bling than performance gain. My opinion is if you already have guards, then dont waste the cash.

  • KJ790

Posted April 05, 2009 - 05:45 PM

#6

The weight savings will be small if any, since CF weighs about the same as the plastic guards. Good CF is much much stronger than plastic though. I wouldn't go with lightspeed though, their stuff looks good, but in my experience it has all been junk. Lightspeed parts are what give carbon fiber parts a bad name.

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  • Birdy426

Posted April 05, 2009 - 06:57 PM

#7

Density of AL is .100 lb/Cu In...density of Graphite/Epoxy (carbon fiber) is .65 lb/cu in...so you will save 35% of whatever the aluminum weighs. Those aluminum guards probably weigh about 2 pounds all up.

  • KJ790

Posted April 06, 2009 - 03:41 AM

#8

Density of AL is .100 lb/Cu In...density of Graphite/Epoxy (carbon fiber) is .65 lb/cu in...so you will save 35% of whatever the aluminum weighs. Those aluminum guards probably weigh about 2 pounds all up.


I think you mean .065 lb/cu in. Most of the stock guards are plastic though, which has a density somewhere around .045 lb/cu in.

  • Birdy426

Posted April 06, 2009 - 09:33 AM

#9

I think you mean .065 lb/cu in. Most of the stock guards are plastic though, which has a density somewhere around .045 lb/cu in.


Yup...damn those significant figures...

  • oeder8140j

Posted April 06, 2009 - 02:33 PM

#10

the pimp factor would add about 5hp easy


:thumbsup: :confused: :excuseme: :banana: :moon: :moon:

along with every sticker that adds 2hp

  • FinchFan194

Posted April 06, 2009 - 03:07 PM

#11

:thumbsup: :confused: :excuseme: :banana: :moon: :moon:

along with every sticker that adds 2hp


LOL hell ya my bike was definately faster with new graphics!:prof:

  • CyclePro238

Posted April 08, 2009 - 04:59 AM

#12

The more I think about it I would be better of just taking a drill to the glide plate..





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