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Old 06-07-2007, 04:54 PM   #1
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Default Carbon Fiber in Short Supply

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Old 06-07-2007, 04:58 PM   #2
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Maybe we might start seeing some aluminum, fiberglass or plastic chassis on our cars, as a cheaper option. Anyway, it was a good read.
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Old 06-07-2007, 07:30 PM   #3
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Is this a global shortage, or just U.S.A? I could easily see $600 for new TC in just a few short years, Hope this wont be the case.
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Old 06-07-2007, 08:01 PM   #4
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Most of the shortages stem from Europe and China. Can't remember what the deal was in China but in Europe it was the aero industry using so much to build some pretty interesting planes (mostly carbon fibre).

The shortage shouldn't last forever because there are several new plants being built that should help.
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I think I remember hearing sometime last year that part of the 'Short Supply' was in part due to the larger than expected Demand.

It seems so many things now are being offered in 'Carbon Fibre' from hoods on Tuner cars, Skis, and just so many other things...my son came home the other day (he's 14 and been racing for 6 years now, so he's heard the name carbon fibre and graphite, etc. for a long time) He came home and said one of his best friends was telling him the NEW HOT Skate Board...has some Carbon Fibre too.
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:54 AM   #6
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hey joe,
I'm also into biking, mountain and road,
these bike are now totaly carbon. my mountain bike is all carbon, except the rear triangle. the onroad bike's are the same including, components.

although my onroad rc car is plastice, tao5r. except for the chassis stiffeners and suspension pieces.

everything is carbon now days.

I can live without it, I have before. all steel bikes, all alloy components fiberglass rc cars, athletic shoes with fiberglass stiffeners. etc...

but is shore looks nice. maybe the cabon sticker sheets will sell well.
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i just weighed all of the carbon fiber chassis pieces on my TC5. 3 ounces. It probably was 4 ounces before excess material is scrapped. Therefore, at $20 per pound of CF, my chassis cost must be around 5 dollars in material alone. That compares to 1.25 dollars at the previous 5 dollar per pound rate. With this calculation in mind, I do not think that the RC car market is going to be serverely affected.
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