Carbon steerer breakages, statement from Trek Bicycle

(Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to VeloNews technical editor Zack Vestal in response to questions about Madone steerer tube breakages.) Zack – We appreciate VeloNews looking into this issue as the racing community needs to better understand the consequences of ignoring installation instructions when dealing with carbon fiber parts. As the technology going […]

Carbon steerer breakages sidebar: More to Vaughan’s stem situation than meets the eye

(Return to main story) Although Brian Vaughan and his teammate were both using FSA stems when their steerer tubes failed, the photos of Vaughan’s bike and his teammate’s bike both show evidence of incorrect installation. Neither appears to have used correct spacer placement, and both appear potentially over-torqued. But Vaughan doesn’t blame his FSA stem. […]