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    What do I need to build a carbon bike?

    I'm planning to build a carbon bike and have most of the tools. A couple questions I have:

    I'll need remove the crown race on my current fork -- how tough is it to remove with just a hammer and screw driver?

    What do you recommend putting on the bottom bracket (teflon tape?)

    Should I pick up some carbon paste or anything that's carbon specific?
    Last edited by bank5; 08-03-2013 at 06:17 PM.

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    I've pulled the crown race several times without any special tools. Start with a putty knife, then work up to something thicker and finish with a screwdriver. It's not that tough, just go slow.

    Grease or teflon tape. Both work

    Yes, get some carbon paste for the seatpost. If the fork has a carbon steerer, you'll need it there too. Grease for all threads.

    Clean and regrease any bolts that are getting used again.

    Good luck!

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    Don't use a screwdriver. Drive razor blades in between the race and crown on each side, and drive in a second set. Then remove them and you should then be able to slowly and evenly lever it off with a slotted screwdriver.

    I wrap the BB cups with teflon tape (make sure you wrap it the correct direction!) and then apply anti-seize on top of it. It's pretty much guaranteed to prevent BB squeaks.

    Put anti-seize on any bolts which don't require thread locker.

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    Grease any metal-on-metal surfaces. Bottom bracket threads, bolts, stuff like that. Teflon tape just gets cut up by the sharp threads if you are using a quality bottom bracket and it really doesn't do anything at that point. If you cover the threads in grease, you will be good.

    Get carbon paste for your seatpost (apply it with your finger in the seat tube). What this does is create friction between the post and tube to prevent it from slipping. If you are using a carbon bar, apply some of the paste to the clamp surface of the stem and the bar. Same purpose here. It will make a crackling noise when you tighten the stem, but that's just the grit in the paste being crushed...not the carbon.

    I'd recommend going to your LBS and having the crown race removed from the old fork if you care about keeping it all nice and pretty. Removal and installation can be done without the correct tools, but installing them with the right tools (LBS has them) eliminates any issues you may have.

    Let us know how it turns out.
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