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Carbon care

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Accidents happen. We're here to help.

We want you riding your bike safely, so we make it easy to replace a damaged carbon frame or part through Carbon Care, a programme exclusive to Trek owners. Through Carbon Care, Trek offers a significant discount to replace a damaged carbon fibre frame, fork, or part.

What is carbon fiber?

Carbon fibre is a lightweight, strong material, making it the material of choice for the manufacture of high-performance bicycle frames, forks and other parts. Trek has been making carbon fibre parts since the early 1990s with our OCLV (Optimum Compaction Low Void) process. Carbon fibre is also used by many other industries, including automotive and aerospace.


Carbon fibre is not indestructible


But like anything, carbon fibre is not indestructible, and not all damage to carbon fibre will be visible. Compare a carbon fibre part to a metal part. When you damage a metal part, it will bend or deform. When you damage a carbon fibre part, it could break or it could conceal damage from the naked eye.

In other words, just because a carbon part looks normal after an impact or accident does not mean that it is safe to ride.

How can carbon be damaged?

While it is impossible to list all of the scenarios that can cause damage to a carbon fibre part, below are a few examples. If you experience any of the following, stop riding your bike immediately and take it to an authorised Trek retailer to replace the damaged part:

• You hit something in the road while riding - a kerb, guardrail, pothole, parked car or anything that causes the bike to stop abruptly.
• An object becomes stuck in the front wheel, causing the bike to stop abruptly.
• You get hit by a car or van.
• You have crashed your bike and it does not feel or sound “right”.
• Your bike is in a roof rack when you drive your car into a garage.

Of course, your specific scenario may be different. Remember, any carbon bike part has the potential to be damaged by a crash or impact. There are tests that can help to determine if a carbon part has been damaged, but here is the bottom line: if your carbon frame, fork or part has been potentially damaged and you have any doubt about its integrity, you should replace it.

What to do if your bike may be damaged

If you suspect that your carbon frame, fork or part has been damaged in any way, follow these simple steps:

1. Stop riding the bicycle.
2. Take the bicycle to an authorised Trek retailer. Don’t know where your closest retailer is? Click here to find out.
3. Replace the damaged frame or part through Trek Carbon Care.

Ride safely. For more information, see your retailer or read your Owner’s Manual.