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We're 25+ year experts in repairing carbon fibre, trusted by insurers & customers across Sydney & Australia. Carbon Repair Sydney, Australia - Carbon Bike Frames

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About carbon repair

We can preserve your bike’s appearance and performance without compromising safety. We utilise Pre-Preg Carbon Fibre and state-of-the-art custom-made equipment and processes to provide Sydney and Australia’s best Carbon Repair services. Our services include repairing carbon fibre fractures, cracks, delamination, or gouges in frames, seat and chain stays, top, seat and down tubes, wheels, and other high-performance carbon fibre components.

Inspection & Assessment

To assess and identify damage in carbon fibre, we use non-destructive testing (NDT) methods, which include ultrasound flaw detector scanning and acoustic techniques. Ultrasound helps us determine the extent of the damage and design the appropriate carbon fibre layout to ensure your bike looks and performs as well as new and safe to ride.

Pre-preg carbon fibre

We ensure that the carbon's original thickness is maintained using the same carbon lay-up. Pre-preg carbon fibre is cured with heat and pressure to create a strong thermoset bond. The ratio of carbon fibre to epoxy/resin is controlled in pre-preg carbon fibre, making it lighter and stronger than wet resin carbon fibre. Using high-quality aerospace products and processes ensures that it is as strong as the original part.


The broken carbon fibre component first undergoes paint removal in the damaged area. The damaged carbon fibres are carefully removed with the right equipment, and the surrounding carbon is prepared (scarfed) for repair. We can now see the original construction's individual carbon fibre layers and orientation. We never remove cross sections of tubes of the frame as this would cause more damage to the frame integrity. We often see other repairs causing further damage during this process. Pre-preg carbon fibre is templated and precisely cut at the correct orientation for each layer for the repair laminate.
A clean, temperature-controlled environment is needed to avoid contamination, as a good repair bond is paramount. .

carbon fibre & refinishing process

Pre-preg carbon fibre is applied to your bike in thin layers that match its direction and structural requirements. The repair process involves heating and preparing it under high pressure to cure and form a strong thermoset bond with high consolidation. The repair is essentially the same since carbon fibre bikes are initially made from many individual pieces. Therefore, carbon fibre is considered very repairable. We offer various options for repairing the paint, which can be customised to fit your budget and needs. Carbon fibre should generally be sealed and protected from the elements to ensure its longevity.

Carbon fibre repair techniques


Most of the damage sustained by carbon fibre bikes are cracks / fractures of one of the carbon fibre tubes. These cracks / fractures may be either be transverse or longitudinal cracks.

Ultrasound is used to determine the extent of damage, including the thickness of the part of the bike and map out the damaged section. We then develop a tailored repair strategy for each repair. We never cut out sections of tubes to “repair” them (unlike some competitors) as this is structurally unsound and does not meet the criteria for safe repair recognised by the aerospace industry.


To prepare the site, the damaged carbon fibre is removed by abrasion & sanding to form a crater until the crack or damage has been ‘chased out’, i.e. no further damage can be seen. The sides of the crater are sloped (very shallow) so that each to the layers become visible in concentric like circles or ellipses. We look to achieve a minimum of 30:1 overlap of each of the carbon fibre layers. This will re-establish the original strength when replaced by carbon fibre plies. This method is called a ‘scarf’ repair.


A number of repair plies (i.e. carbon fibre layers to be used in the repair) are cut from a roll of pre-preg unidirectional carbon fibre to the shape of the ellipse in increasing sizes with the correct orientation of the carbon fibre.


The ply location template is used to trace the shapes of each ply onto the pre-preg carbon fibre ensuring the correct angle of orientation. The plies are then arranged in order and pressed into the scarf site and ‘de-baulked’ – i.e. air removed – and ready for curing.


A localised heat (hot-bonding) process is used to create a strong thermoset bond and cure the repair under pressure, resulting in a uniform & level repair with only the minimum of finishing required. The repair becomes fully integrated with the original structure.

We use proprietary localised hot bonding equipment and techniques rather than using an oven for your complete frame. Total immersion of bike frame in a commercial oven for curing the carbon fibre repair risks further damage due to different thermal expansion rates of metal and carbon fibre and potential paint discolouration and damage to thermal graphic transfers.

Tech talk: Carbon Fibre Bike Construction


Your Carbon Fibre bike frame, tube or part is made up of many different layers of carbon fibre and epoxy resin. The direction & orientation of each layer decides the structural properties of the product. Having many different layers helps take loads coming from different directions, so you can design the material to be strong in the direction that the product needs to be while being as light as possible.

When we repair your bike matching the existing layup of the repair area is therefore important to retain the designed characteristics of the bike, i.e. seat stay may be designed to flex or the top tube needs to have torsional stiffness.


There are two main methods to produce the carbon fibre composite - use of pre-preg carbon fibre or wet layup of carbon fibre.


The thermoset resin is impregnated into the carbon fibre by the manufacturer in a controlled environment. In this controlled environment, the resin has the viscosity of water, this ensures the fibres are “wet out” soaked in resin and not just coated.

The exact/ optimal fibre to resin ratio is achieved 33% resin to fibre (no excess resin required). Which gives the product the best strength to weight ratio. This is why bikes, formula one cars, planes and any other quality carbon fibre product is made using this material and method. It costs more but is roughly 70% lighter than wet carbon fibre of the same strength characteristics.

Thermoset resins in pre-preg re-soften (Glass Transition Temperature Tg) at a higher temperature – 120 Degrees Celsius.


Traditional hand / wet layup is when a dry fibre/ fabric is used and is wet out with a two-part room temperature cured (chemical reaction) resin. The maximum strength properties of the composite material in wet/ hand layup cannot be reached due to 50% resin content being the best that can be achieved. This means that the finished composite weight is 50% fabric and 50% resin.

Typical hand laminates, even when vacuum bagged, end up with a significant amount of excess resin. Excess resin increases the brittleness and reduces overall properties. On the other hand, most pre-pregs contain around 33% resin. This is the ideal resin to fibre ratio for optimal strength/ stiffness/ lightweight properties and generally impossible to achieve in normal wet/ hand lamination.

Wet lay-up resins used in hand layup re-soften (Glass Transition Temperature Tg) at a lower temperature – 80 Degrees Celsius.

​Searching for Carbon Fibre Repair on the internet often results in products advertised for DIY carbon fibre repair, which includes a little jar of resin. This is a wet layup technique and should not be attempted by the home user. There are lots of videos of people who have repaired their own bikes, but this is a recipe for disaster. We don't recommend you ever do this. Talk to us - we are experts in carbon fibre repair.


  1. It is what the frame was originally made from.
  2. Superior mechanical properties – resin to fibre ratio.
  3. Will not re-soften in a hot car.
  4. Takes out the human factor of mixing resins and hand wet out/ excess resin.
  5. You can be much neater and more precise with pre-preg.
  6. Lighter and stronger as per original – resin to fibre ratio.
  7. No extra material needed so the shape of your frame can be retained. No bulge or over wrap.
  8. DIY kits using wet layup bought on the internet will not deliver a safe or reliable result.