It is much cheaper than a new bike or crash replacement; we have a pricing sheet for reference but it can fluctuate up and down from there, depending on a few different things like damage extent, paint, and decals etc.
It all depends on how long it takes for you to get your bike to us. But once we get it the average turn around time is about two weeks for full carbon repair and repaint/decal. If we have the availability and you would really like to get your bike back sooner we can try to do that but we never want to rush the process.
In most cases actually stronger. We tend to overbuild the damaged area to make sure that the same problem doesn’t happen again. With that being said you will not notice any weight issues or having one part being flexier or stiffer than the other.
From the addition of new carbon you might catch a small rise where the damaged occurred. With that being said we try to take the extra steps to make sure that it is a unnoticeable as possible. We can carbon match almost any bike out there and if you have a bike with a very unique weave we can track it down and get it to match. Also we have a large array of paints to help match the original color or the frame.
If you think it is unsafe than don’t ride it. With that being said, a couple of quick inspection techniques are first, run a cloth lightly over the top of the cracked surface, if the carbon area is damaged any small cracks will pull threads out of the cloth. Another test that you can use is acoustic feedback, tap the tube around the damaged area with a small hammer, the sound should be consistent throughout the entire tube, if it gets lower and sounds “dead” it has some damage.
Ultimately the easiest way for us to work on a bike is to have it completely stripped. If you are local we do take bikes that are not completely stripped down but most of the time we will than just strip down the bike ourselves to get at the damaged area easier, and to keep your shiny components clean. Also if you have your bike stripped shipping is cheaper.
In a perfect world you would bring it to your friendly local bike shop and they would tear it down and pack it for you and ship it to us. I know that it isn’t a perfect world but I would still suggest taking it to your LBS and asking them for a frame box, packing it up and sending it our way. It is also appreciated to have the shipping info emailed to us so we know when to expect frames.