Those two words are like nails on a chalkboard to those of us who "must" use the infernal material. Oh how I would love to stick with an alloy, or with anything other than over-rated paper mache. But in order to remain competitive it's almost required.
No, not my handlebars. Saw this last year at OVRR a crash in the cat 4 field, and pretty sure that's the owners blood across the SCOTT logo.
In reality I think(know) the market has opened up to carbon manufacturing and you can find things like carbon rims for 1/3 the price they used to be. (hint: cheap wheels )
So I'm getting ready to race at Olympic View Road Race in Brady, WA and what do I discover by 2 cracks in my carbon fork:
Though this one is the worst:
Of course given that I've got about 20 minutes before our race rides away there's zero chance to do anything about it. So being a dangerous risk taker that I am (*ahem*), I go looking for the right teamate to ask. "Oh that's just a surface crack, no worries. But get it changed out after the race", just the response I was fishing for. Opted to race, and low and behold just fine.
However, now I know about the cracked fork and if something did happen I would never relent on the mental I told you so's.
So I found a sweet used fork at Recycled Cycles, got it installed all in one mighty swoop, and learned from the mechanic how to change a fork, cool. Less than $100 for the whole operation, and now conscience assuaged I feel free to hammer to my heart's content again. Albeit, a bit uglier for the time being.