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Carbon Fiber Options

1- Composition choices

2- Finish choices

 

To help with your purchasing decision, we have compiled a set of photographs to highlight the different construction and finishing options we make available. See our Color Options tab for our color offerings.

1- Composition choices

On many models, we offer both the less expensive fiberglass backed carbon fiber product and the more expensive, lighter and stronger 100% carbon fiber product. Both appear identical on the outside finish but can be visually distinguished by the weave pattern ( or lack thereof where there is a fiberglass inlay)) on the unfinished side of the piece.

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Buyer beware: There are numerous vendors touting their products as carbon fiber products in their product descriptions, which are either omitting to mention that their products are the less expensive fiberglass backed products or burying this detail somewhere within their website. Also,some manufacturers use Polyester resins which are far less expensive than epoxy resins, will crack easily and will yellow over time. Fitment problems associated with lower grade products are common as the cost-cutting materials used to make their moulds are often inferior.For greater details on this, you may consult our "Product Specifications" and "FAQ" sections.

2- Finish choices

Traditionally, most carbon fiber offerings for motorcycles have been of the glossy plain weave type given the attractiveness of this tighter weave on smaller pieces.

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With new matte paint schemes on some of the latest sportsbike offerings, matte finish carbon fiber has become increasingly popular and we are proud to offer this option. Here is the matte plain weave:

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Also gaining in popularity is twill weave carbon fiber, a slightly larger weave distinguished by its diagonal pattern. This is the weave pattern found on BST carbon fiber wheels. It is much more difficult to produce a consistent and symetrical pattern, hence many manufacturers shy away from it. Here is glossy twill weave:

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and matte twill weave:

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For a better perspective, here are a few larger parts:

Glossy Plain Weave

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Matte Plain Weave

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Glossy Twill Weave

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Matte Twill Weave

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In some cases, our product descriptions include presentations of the same product in different finishes. We offer the color finishes in our 100% Carbon products only, described in greater detail under our color options tab.

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