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    3M frame protection for my SB95c?

    Hi guys, I'm looking for your advice on an issue that's been on my mind for while.

    I'm expecting the delivery of my SB95c imminently and I've been speaking to a company in the UK that specialise in frame protection using 3M vinyl. It would be tailored to fit the Yeti but unfortunately as there are no SB95c frames in the country apart from the distributors launch bikes they don't have the templates so would need my frame sending down to them.

    The cost would be 56 for the vinyls and about 30 for the carriage and insurance. Obviously not too cheap but some would say that it is a small price to pay for protection of a 2699 frame, however I feel a little nervy about essentially sending a guy my brand new frame. Also I get a bit more nervy as I'm not sure how he cuts the initial template, if a scalpel knife goes anywhere near my frame I wouldn't be interested. Also when I emailed to ask the guy for his phone number (neither his address or number is on his website) he didn't get back to me when in the past he's been more than prompt...

    Other concerns are whether or not the frame actually needs this protection. I would at the very least protect the vulnerable areas including areas susceptible to cable rub and I could just by some 3M Helicopter tape and do it myself for a fraction of the price although not the finish that this guy could offer. ?

    What would you guys do, in my situation? Saying all this, I could be adding roughly a quarter of a pound to the weight of my bling carbon frame by doing this. Heck it's a mountain bike, it's supposed to have certain scuffs and scratches due to the nature of the beast, maybe I'm just being a little bit anal and just ride the damn thing? This is my first carbon bike by the way!

    First world problems to the extreme I guess but your advice would be appreciated.
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    I'm sure it's probably legit, but I wouldn't be sending my frame. I used Frameskin on my ASR5C. Definitely a good idea in my opinion - has protected against rocks, crashes etc. So I recommend doing it. I think you could do a good job just buying the blank sheets and cutting your own. You would be able to cover all the key spots (esp. stays). Maybe buy a kit for the alloy, and just trim as needed? Frames are of course a bit different, but maybe similar enough for your needs.

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    3M frame protection for my SB95c?

    Yeah I thought about buying the alloy kit, I think I would be more confident doing this too. Oh I'm sure the guy is legit too, but well you know, you can't be too careful can you? Thanks for your thoughts
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    I bought some 3m product from Clear Defender on Amazon. $20 US dollars, plus shipping. I applied it myself. It really is fairly easy and the product is great. All you need is a pair of scissors and spray bottle filled with water and and a few drops of baby shampoo. You can measure and cut to your specifications.
    I strongly recommend this product as well as applying it to your high gloss carbon frame. The order provides enough to cover several bikes.

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    Would this turn a matte carbon frame glossy where it is applied? Going for the black option to show off the carbon layup but don't want it to go all glossy on me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock rover View Post
    Would this turn a matte carbon frame glossy where it is applied? Going for the black option to show off the carbon layup but don't want it to go all glossy on me!
    Good point! Most clear bra applications I've seen have been glossy to better match the paint gloss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock rover View Post
    Would this turn a matte carbon frame glossy where it is applied? Going for the black option to show off the carbon layup but don't want it to go all glossy on me!
    I believe the black frames come with a gloss coat.

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    Here's a closeup pic. Almost no difference in the "glossiness" with and without racer's tape. There is tape on top of the top tube but not on the top of the down tube. For the original question, I went with just cutting my own tape. It's easy and you can replace pieces if you need.

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    3M frame protection for my SB95c?

    Thanks for the advice guys, I spoke to Frameskin on Facebook last night and they will be having a SB95c kit ready in the next couple of weeks which could work out nicely. Failing that I'll buy myself some 3M tape and do it myself.
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    Are you sure the black 95c is glossy? I thought it was a matte finish (?) Dunno' why I think that though. Just sorta' assumed.

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    It is a clear coat over raw carbon fiber. Definitely not matte.

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    I have seen black in person and it is glossy vs matte on sb66c

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