Our Carbon Fiber Repair Technology
Because of our commitment to provide only carbon repair and inspection services, we are light years ahead in repair research and application. Spyder does not see carbon fiber repair as just an additional service. Our competitors, however, consider this type of service secondary to their overall business model.
Currently, the industry standard is to lay a patch of carbon over the damaged area epoxy and go. At Spyder, we understand that this is not the best process and technology available. Spyder has developed several advanced proprietary methods for carbon frame and wheel repair that none of our competitors currently use. The use of our Internal Bladder Control System (IBCS) enables our technicians to build from the inside out.
In a lot cases, the damaged carbon has more severe unseen damage. In particular, through advanced inspection techniques, we have found hidden delamination’s and cracks between layers generated by low energy collisions. Because of the lower energy of the impact, the damage is typically unseen on the surface and the impact damage may propagate resulting in catastrophic failure. Additionally, carbon fiber is hydroscopic and unprotected, it may absorb water. Anytime you see damage on the surface, a qualified mechanic or technician should be consulted. Failing to do so could have detrimental effects to the strength of your frame. Therefore, an effective and reliable Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) suitable for impact damages is highly recommended.
With over 26 years of experience inspecting and building composite structures, our Level II and III certified technicians have the capability to detect and identify most unseen impact damage by using various NDT methods. By using Ultrasonic Inspection and Radiography (x-ray), we have developed specific proprietary techniques to detect the smallest inconsistency within the structure giving us the confidence that the damaged area will be completely repaired. X-ray is considered the gold standard and used as the inspection technique of choice for crack-like indications. As Lennard Zinn said; “why tempt fate”.