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Hirobel’s Carbon Frame Clamp Aims to End Costly Compression Damage

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Hirobel's Carbon Frame Clamp

Carbon fiber is a wonderful thing for today’s cyclists, allowing us to ride road, cross-country or even downhill frames with a previously impossible balance of high strength, ride compliance and low weight. It also allows manufacturers to get creative with frame designs in the pursuit of their structural and aesthetic goals. However, these unique frames have made life more difficult for mechanics.

The simple act of putting a bike into a repair stand suddenly became a bit of a head-scratcher with aero tubing and odd designs becoming commonplace. More importantly, traditional repair stand clamps leave delicate carbon frames vulnerable to compression damage. After watching a shop mechanic struggle to safely secure an aero-framed bicycle to a repair stand, Brandon Hirokawa and partner Marc Bellet created Hirobel Cycling Components’ flagship product, the Carbon Frame Clamp.

Get a grip on how it works after the jump…

Hirobel`s Carbon Frame Clamp holding bike upside down
The Carbon Frame Clamp rotates 360 degrees, and is designed to stay snug in any position.

Introduced at Interbike 2014, the Carbon Frame Clamp is designed to eliminate compression damage to expensive carbon frames or seatposts that can occur with traditional work stand clamps. The clamp is an add-on for your existing stand that clamps in itself where the frame or seat post normally would.

Its octagonal tubing fits securely into all repair stands, and prevents the assembly from rolling side to side. The bike can be rotated 360 degrees, and will hold firm in any position to allow clear access for any kind of repair.

Hirobel`s carbon frame clamp rubber wheel
The grooved wheels can be positioned for the best possible fit on different frames.

The bike frame rests on rubber wheels, and stretchy rubber straps hold it in place (quite similar to a car carrier). The specially grooved wheels are the key component, as they’re designed to spread pressure over multiple contact points to hold your frame tight with minimal compression on the frame tubes. The grooves also help the clamp work around cables, braze-ons, etc.

Hirobel`s carbon frame clamp holding triathlon bike

The Carbon Frame Clamp supports the bike’s weight from a structurally sound position inside the front triangle. Adjusting the clamp to fit the frame does not require you to hold up the bicycle- You can conveniently hang it first, then fine-tune the wheel positions. It’s also a time-saver for professional mechanics since you don’t have to remove seat bags, raise a seat post or remove wheels to get a bike on your repair stand.

The clamp is designed to fit open-triangle framed bikes of nearly any size and frame configuration. While intended for carbon bikes, it’s suitable for any type of frame- including bamboo. Hirobel’s Carbon Frame Clamp sells for $249.99 USD.

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Chader
Chader
7 years ago

Great idea, but that price is out-of-this-world ridiculous for what the product actually is.
At best, it is worth half that price.

I don’t know if they just have horribly expensive manufacturing, are pulling way too much margin, or some combo, but it seems unlikely to sell well at that price.

If they don’t have a patent application or other protection, someone will do this for a more realistic price.

zombinate
zombinate
7 years ago

Absurdly expensive

as to being a time saver, how is attaching this device any faster than removing the front wheel for platform mount repair stands? Possibly more convenient, as you can turn the bike sideways or upside-down, but mounting time would be about the same.

AbelF
AbelF
7 years ago

Good idea but whats up with that price!!!??? I would pay 60 bucks tops for this.

wako29
wako29
7 years ago

I applaud these guys for trying something different, but I fail to see what the advantage would be over something like the Feedback Sprint Work Stand? They hold a bike extremely well (at least those troublesome aero road/TT bikes in question), won’t potentially mar up the paint liek this one, and costs almost the same (retail is $260). I’ve had one for years and it’s been AWESOME.

BubbRubb
BubbRubb
7 years ago

Has the whole world gone mad? What’s wrong with clamping the seat post?

Apothecary
4 years ago
Reply to  BubbRubb

my seat post is like an aircraft wing, typical clamps won’t work.

lewisy
lewisy
7 years ago

Just cause I ride carbon doesn’t mean the price has to be so high
Like the idea. my mountain bike won’t fit my wheels off bike stand
with larger axles

NotGoneMad
NotGoneMad
7 years ago

Yeah those aero seat posts clamp up real nice…

cracked-frame
cracked-frame
7 years ago

@ BubbRubb – How you gonna clamp to that TT bike seat post in the photo.

Cool idea, expensive price.

Jake
Jake
7 years ago

@cracked-frame – EVT right arm repair clamp.

That Guy
That Guy
7 years ago

Be a good mechanic. Clamp it to the seatpost like any normal mechanic worth a d*mn would do. Failing that, use a professional style workstand and clamp it by the fork’s dropouts.

Don’t use this Fred (deleted) here. And yes, it’s absurdly expensive. Feedback Sports’ Sprint stand is $10 more than this monstrosity.

Steve
Steve
7 years ago

@cracked-frame
“How you gonna clamp to that TT bike seat post in the photo.”

By using virtually any modern repair stand.

Gixxer
Gixxer
7 years ago

Uh, Yakima top tube adapter costs $39..comment image

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