Shawn Small, owner and chief engineer of Ruckus Composites, displays an A-scan reading on the 45MG thickness gage while conducting an ultrasound inspection on a carbon fiber bicycle frame. This reading displays the amount of received ultrasonic energy as a function of time. Source | Olympus
An undetected crack in a carbon fiber bicycle frame or component could present a large catastrophic liability to a cyclist, leading to potential injuries. Despite this, according to carbon fiber inspection and specialty repair shop Ruckus Composites (Portland, Ore., U.S.), a carbon fiber bicycle frame is one of the best bike investments a cyclist can make, due to the light weight, comfortable design, long life and repairability of carbon fiber bicycles.
Ruckus Composites’ technicians use an Olympus gage to map out damaged areas of a bike frame. Source | Olympus
Ruckus Composites has evaluated more than 13,000 carbon fiber bicycles and repaired more than