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    ASR5-Carbon, Should I be concerned?

    At what point do I start to get concerned about chipping on my ASR5-C? I just noticed today after my ride this nice chunk missing. I have a lot of other chips but none this deep. Can these chips lead to serious cracks? The bike was a demo, but I have had it for only 3 months. Could the easy chipping all over my frame be due to previous riding?


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    That begs the question. I just bought an ASR5, and i'm wondering the best to protect the rear triangle. Clear tape? bike tubes?

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    Owning a 66c, I'm also curious about this (I've got a few dings on my top tube). My guess is that the lighter gray is the stronger structural layer (unless the rear end of the ASR-5 is carbon wrapped aluminum?) The paint/cosmetic layer has chipped away. Those who know better -- is this still safe?

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    I think you're good. If the carbon fiber was cracked or chipping you would see the fibers. That looks like enamel or some other type of cosmetic finish.

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    Nice camera work! Good detail!

    I have a similar sized outer layer chunk missing from the top of my top-tube, above the point the swing link mounts. Was there when I bought it; factory painted over it and everything. The paint doesn't look cracked after some riding. Are you worried that it might be a stress riser? Do you really have any choices but to just ride it? I'm thinking about protecting that spot on mine now, in case I get sloppy re-installing my wheel and the cassette bashes into it.
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