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Just curious as to how long a carbon can will last. I would think that a Titanium can will probably last longer just due to the carbon braking down. Am I off base here?

I've got a carbon Akro with about 4000 miles on it. I've got no problems with it, just curious. Is there any thing that I should be doing to take care of the can...ie preventive maintenance?

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I don't think it will, at least not in your life time.
 

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I have heard of carbons breaking down, but never seen it first hand. I would guess you are more likely to lowside and grind the cans down before you need to start worrying about the half-life of the carbon used to make the fibers.
 

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wax the clearcoat periodically... but the carbon itself will last generall longer than your intentions... )ie,crash on it, replaced cuz you like those new ones, sell bike, etc)
 

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I have seen fading of the black coloration on older CF cans, but never heard of any structural problems. Maybe they have improved their techniques since then.
 

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I put a carbon fiber MIG slip-on on my R1 about 75,000 miles ago. I've had to repack it twice, but the carbon fiber is perfectly intact. I doubt you are going to really have to worry about it too much.

Grady A. Dunham
Long Distance R1 Rider
 
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