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    Down tube protection????

    Does anybody know if trek is going to sell the down tube armor that straps on the down tube that was shown on there top fuel and session 88. I would like to get my hands on one. It looks like it would work great for carbon protection. thanks to anyone with real info..

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    according to my LBS, when I called last week, Trek is now offering it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhale
    according to my LBS, when I called last week, Trek is now offering it.
    I too am very interested in acquiring this armor for my aluminum Fuel EX. Any part numbers?

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    A part number would be great!

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    thanks for the reply....will call the lbs and see whats up....

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    Did anyone end up buying one of these? If so, how much did it run you? I'd like to put one on my Scratch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doeman
    Did anyone end up buying one of these? If so, how much did it run you? I'd like to put one on my Scratch.
    they are available, and cost about 30-35 bucks. donno if they're available for fuels or remedys, but the scratch an session are the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by William42
    they are available, and cost about 30-35 bucks. donno if they're available for fuels or remedys, but the scratch an session are the same
    From Trek?Part Number?I NEED one of them. Thnx

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    To Trek.....
    On your 9.7 9.8 and 9.9 models there is a carbon armor guard on the down tube near the crank. I get alot of debris that fly up and hit my bike on the down tube. I am very interested in this part. My ? is I am riding a fuel ex 9 09, will this part work for my bike? If so what is the part number so i can order it from my local LBS? Thanks in advanced!

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    Thanks for writing in. The part number 299864 is the carbon guard for the carbon Fuel Ex bikes. There are a very limited quantity of these parts left. The part was designed for the carbon bikes and would not perfectly fit the Fuel Ex Aluminum bikes. It may require some trimming and is applied via a pressure-sensitive adhesive. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

    Take care.

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    I have been quoted $16 + shipping from my LBS
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    Sorry I was told no shipping! :-)
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    You gonna order one? Curious to know how it turns out...

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    I just ordered one for my Scratch for 39.99 from the LBS. I had them check in on one for my wife's Fuel EX but being that it was made for the carbon model, and is applied with an adhesive, (not zip ties), I didn't order it.

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    Yea i ordered one. Said they don't place the order till Thursday because of the holiday weekend. So I should be getting it sometime late next week hopefully. I will post pix once I put it on!
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    1/16" Diamond plate 2"x12". I bent it myself with a vice and mallet. A rag helps so it doesn't initally scratch. I found some heavy duty Velcro at Lowes which acts as padding too. It's super sticky tape on one side and coarse hook-and-loop. It wont vibrate off, fall off, or be effected if it's wet either. It keeps the DP about 3/8" from the DT itself.

    There's a radius on the down tube. The Velcro will wrap around it fine. The DP won't though. When you push the DP on, rock it back and forth some so all of the hooks grab as many loops as possible. I put the hooks on the DT since the mud shoots up. It will wash off easier than getting into the fabric of the loop. It's easily removable and the tape side doesn't pull off. It's VERY strong. A heads up- The radius on the down tube will allow the DP to "rock" side to side a little bit only when pressure is applied. This actually helps with deflection. The Velcro is strong enough so it doesn't dangle.


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    Shop called! Carbon armor is in. Going to grab it after work. I will post pix once it is on.
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    Ok so I got the guard and put it on the bike. It is really just a piece of rubber with adhesive on it. If you look in the first picture there are two rubber nipples on the bottom side of the guard. I had to cut one of them off so that the other fits into one of the holes on the down tube and it lines up ok. It cost just under $16 from my LBS.






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    I have a layer of real cf on the dt of my '09 R9 and a loose rock popped up and made a pretty big dent in the dt, right through the cf. I am pretty sure it won't be a problem as the cf stopped it from puncturing the frame but damn... you NEED dt protection on any of todays light frames.Larry's idea is heavy but I think I'll do something similar nect time. Luckily I have a custom heavy duty cf dt protector for my Session 88...no thanks to Trek, who should've had a solution back in '09.

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    @DansDaMan561 - hey, that looks pretty nice - does it line up / fit good? Do you think the edges of the rubber would start to peel off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chronic64 View Post
    @DansDaMan561 - hey, that looks pretty nice - does it line up / fit good? Do you think the edges of the rubber would start to peel off?
    Chronic, Yea it fit ok. I had to cut one of the tabs off of the bottom and the other went into one of the cage holes. You are correct tho. The edges kind of wrapped around the bottom tube and it eventually started to un-peal from the down tube on the sides. It got debris build up throughout rides and now it won't adhere. Tho it is stuck on the flat part very very well and will not come off any time soon. I don't really mind the little debris that is on the guard. My bike is never clean anyways so it blends right in. I would say for the $16 it is a good investment than a chipped, dented, or even cracked down tube!
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    Lizard Skin has a thick clear tape type of coating
    that is cheap and works really good. Check them out.

    Best, John

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    Dave, The weight isn't too bad. Altogether it weighs 62g's. Though I'm sure the CF is lighter, it works out really good. I've heard some big rocks kick up, but don't have any damage yet. I think that the space between the guard and frame is helpful. Since the DT has a radius and the guard doesn't, it allows the guard to float/rock side to side which deflects the rocks. The Velcro holds up in the wettest and muddiest conditions too. ttyl, Fahn

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryFahn View Post
    Dave, The weight isn't too bad. Altogether it weighs 62g's. Though I'm sure the CF is lighter, it works out really good. I've heard some big rocks kick up, but don't have any damage yet. I think that the space between the guard and frame is helpful. Since the DT has a radius and the guard doesn't, it allows the guard to float/rock side to side which deflects the rocks. The Velcro holds up in the wettest and muddiest conditions too. ttyl, Fahn
    Looks good!

    I wish I had done something similar... I rode my Remedy for 2 years and had lots of rocks ping off the downtube with no harm done until a couple weeks ago... big rock came up made a big dent. Oh well, I plan on breaking the frame and getting a warranty replacement eventually anyway.

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    What about these Carbon Guards?

    I saw them on ebay when looking for 'Carbon Armor' as found on Trek Carbon bikes..

    I have a Remedy 7 and am considering one of these if my LBS can't sort me out with a original from a Remedy 9..
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    Quote Originally Posted by dansmac View Post
    I saw them on ebay when looking for 'Carbon Armor' as found on Trek Carbon bikes..

    I have a Remedy 7 and am considering one of these if my LBS can't sort me out with a original from a Remedy 9..
    I have bought from this seller. Got a carbon guard for my ex8. I had it in one week, not bad from UK to US. $59.00 delivered.

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    I have one of these on my remedy, its shaped so it just sort of clips on and holds itself in place. So far its done pretty well in preventing rock strikes etc. The guy only lives a few miles from me, so bought it on ebay and went to his house to pick it up. His main busness is carbon parts for racing motorbikes, but he does a lot of mtb so decided to do some guards after denting his reign downtube.

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    I got a Remedy Carbon Armour from my LBS for £12..

    I got the Carbon down tube protection from eBay.. and basically they overlap..

    I used some Velcro ( the soft furry side) and put it on the tip and sides to precent scrubbing against the frame from the Carbon protector..

    I put a bit of velcro on the top of the carbon armour and stuck the Carbon Protector to it!

    I also stuck a few Lizard Skins Carbon leather patches on the bottom of the rear triangle..

    all in all it serves pretty well!

    I'll attach some pics..
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    The Remedy Carbon Armour, do you have a trek part #? I got on for a scratch but it doesn't cover the bottom bracket like that one does.Thanks

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    Part number...

    Quote Originally Posted by knoob View Post
    The Remedy Carbon Armour, do you have a trek part #? I got on for a scratch but it doesn't cover the bottom bracket like that one does.Thanks
    I threw the packaging out.. but i'll ask my LBS if they can get me another, and I'll get the number..

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    Downtube protection for top fuel frame

    I've just got some hot off the press. Black in color and weigh about 44grams. See my pics in public photos.
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    Finished building up my 2011 Epic Expert carbon. To protect the frame I installed a prototype carbon-kevlar downtube guard which was custom molded for my frame and wraps around the downtube. The pictures show the first prototype- It came out well and perfectly matches the contour of the frame. With a layer of kevlar sandwiched between two carbon layers the guard is super light and incredibly strong. The guard is held on by the two cable clamp bolts without any adhesive needed.

    It will be going into production and will have even better fit and finish.






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    Has anyone ever tried painting their down tube with rhino liner truck bead liner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhaskell View Post
    Finished building up my 2011 Epic Expert carbon. To protect the frame I installed a prototype carbon-kevlar downtube guard which was custom molded for my frame and wraps around the downtube. The pictures show the first prototype- It came out well and perfectly matches the contour of the frame. With a layer of kevlar sandwiched between two carbon layers the guard is super light and incredibly strong. The guard is held on by the two cable clamp bolts without any adhesive needed.

    It will be going into production and will have even better fit and finish.





    Uuuhhh.....A Specialized in Trek thread? Photos say it all. WOW! Very expensive bike, with some needed protection. Again....wow.

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    I use this and it's great. Bike Armor

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    Was looking for a 'generic' one that would fit a number of bikes, and came across this:

    Amazon.com: Zefal Down Tube Armor Frame Guard - MTB, Transparent: Sports & Outdoors

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    Anyone recently find anything? Most of the old links are dead. My Fuel EX 9.8 has a pretty weak system and I would like to protect it a little more so I don't end up like this again:


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