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Carbon Bike Repairs


In the world of cycling, carbon fibre has emerged as the material of choice for its unmatched strength-to-weight ratio and aerodynamic properties. 

With the growing popularity of carbon bikes, the need for specialised repair services has become increasingly crucial. Carbon Bike Repairs (CBR), a pioneering company in the field, stands at the forefront of addressing this demand. 

Founded on the principle of extending the lifespan of carbon bikes through expert repair and refurbishment, CBR has revolutionised the cycling industry. This case study looks into their innovative approaches, strategic decisions, and the impact it has made on both cyclists and the environment. 

From developing proprietary repair techniques to fostering partnerships with leading bike manufacturers, CBR has navigated the complex landscape of carbon fibre repair. Through meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to quality, the company has earned the trust of cyclists worldwide, establishing itself as a beacon of reliability in an industry characterised by constant innovation. 


The overall objective for adopting 3D scanning was to elevate the repair and customisation services offered, increase customer satisfaction and efficiency, and give a competitive edge by providing the following: 

Precision Repairs: Accurately capture the geometry and contours of damaged bike parts, to ensure that the repaired parts fit seamlessly with the original structure, maintaining the integrity of the bike. 

Quality Control: By scanning both before and after repairs, to ensure that the repaired parts match the original specifications. This helps in quality control, ensuring that the repaired bike parts meet industry standards and customer expectations. 

Time Efficiency: Reduce the time required for measurements and design. Instead of manually measuring each part, technicians can simply scan the damaged area and quickly generate a digital model, expediting the repair process. 

Reduced Waste: Accurately assessing the extent of damage minimises material waste. This is particularly important with carbon fibre, as it’s expensive and excessive material removal can weaken the structure. 

Archiving and Documentation: To create a digital archive of bike models and repairs, which can be used for future repairs, warranty claims and creating digital records for customers. 

Advanced Analysis: Obtain detailed data about the bike’s structure, so it can be used for advanced analysis, including stress analysis, fatigue testing, and aerodynamic simulations, enabling specialised services like performance optimisation to be offered.

The Challenge

Repairing carbon fibre bike frames presents unique challenges due to the complex structure of the material and the need for the utmost precision, it also requires meticulous attention to detail, especially in maintaining the frame’s structural integrity and original geometry. 

Traditional repair methods often struggle to achieve the level of precision required for optimal performance and safety, which is why CBR looked to find an alternative solution for their repair process and adopted 3D Scanning technology as an integral part of it to ensure increased accuracy and quality of repairs.

“If technology is required to make carbon bicycles then technology is required to repair them”. 

Rob Granville, Owner CarbonBikeRepair (Ind Dsg Dipl) 

The Vision

CBR envisioned a solution that would streamline their repair processes, enhance accuracy, and ultimately deliver superior-quality repairs to their customers. 

They aimed to integrate cutting-edge technology that could optimise their workflow and ensure consistent, high-quality outcomes setting a new standard in carbon fibre frame repair, providing cyclists with durable and reliable solutions. 


The Creaform HandySCAN Silver was introduced into CBR’s workflow to revolutionise their repair processes. This advanced 3D scanning technology allows for precise measurements and comprehensive inspections of damaged bike frames, enabling technicians to identify even the smallest imperfections. 

CBR utilises a unique reconstruction process for their frame repairs, setting them apart from traditional repair shops. Unlike the majority of carbon frames that are repaired without the bikes specifications, CBR’s frames are reconstituted by replicating the exact mould to deliver an x-ray invisible restoration with a lifetime warranty that is valid.

The Repair Process

The repair process at CBR begins with scanning two frame sets using the Creaform HandySCAN Silver. This allows for accurate measurement and comparison of geometry between frames and provides detailed data, ensuring precise replication of the original frame geometry.

Initial Assessment: Upon receiving a damaged bike frame, technicians conduct a thorough inspection to assess the extent of the damage. 

3D Scanning: Using the HandySCAN Silver, technicians capture high-resolution 3D scans of the damaged area, ensuring accurate data collection. 

Analysis: The scanned data is analysed to identify the precise areas of damage and plan the repair strategy. 

Repair: Technicians use the 3D scan data to guide the repair process, ensuring precise restoration of the bike frame. 

Quality Control: After repair, the repaired area is scanned again to verify the accuracy of the repair and ensure quality standards are met. 

Final Inspection: The repaired bike frame undergoes a final inspection to ensure it meets the highest quality standards before being returned to the customer. 


Precision: The HandySCAN Silver provides precise 3D measurements, allowing technicians to assess damage and execute repairs with unparalleled accuracy. 

Efficiency: By streamlining the repair process, the HandySCAN Silver reduces turnaround times, enabling CBR to deliver repairs to customers faster. 

Quality: The use of advanced technology guarantees the highest standard of repair, enhancing the durability and safety of repaired frames. 

Versatility: The portability and versatility of the HandySCAN Silver allow technicians to perform scans in various environments, making it an invaluable tool in the repair workshop. 

Innovation: CBR’s adoption of the HandySCAN Silver demonstrates its commitment to innovation and excellence within its industry. 

The Final Outcome

With the integration of the Creaform HandySCAN Silver into their processes, CBR has achieved remarkable improvements in efficiency, accuracy, and quality.

Their ability to deliver superior repairs to customers has strengthened their position as a leader in the industry, while also enhancing customer satisfaction and loyalty.

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