I ride an Ibis Mojo carbon bike, and to protect the frame from dings and scratches, I have always used protective tape in any areas that are susceptible to abuse. The tape is usually some form of helicopter rotor tape (protects their leading edge) or automobile clear bra tape. It provides adequate protection, and keeps minor scratches and rock dings from getting to the clear coat of the frame or deeper. Whenever some major rock crashes happen it sometimes creeps its way past the tape, and chips the clearcoat, and on rare occasions it even gets to the top surface of the carbon fiber. Fortunately, it never does much beyond superficial damage to the frame.
I just became aware of this very interesting product, which is supposed to have some pretty amazing impact absorption characteristics. The accompanying video is sort of cool, but I would need to do some real world testing before I can make any sort of judgment call.
Shelter is an impact absorption medium, which contains 50 layers of a visco-elastomeric material-like a memory foam that absorbs energy before it gets through to the frame. It’s also clear so it doesn’t hide your bike.
There are many abrasion resistant products, like “Helicopter tape” or “duct tape” but none of them provide shock absorption. Shelter is the first shock absorption and abrasion resistant bicycle frame protection product of its type. Shelter is also pretty much invisible so your bike graphics are not hidden from the world.
Great places for a Shelter Impact Absorption Strip:
- underside of down tubes,
- chain stays,
- along head tubes to protect from cable housing abrasion and the sound of the housing slapping against the tubes.
This is a video showing how Shelter works, by using it to protect a fluorescent bulb from hammer impacts:
Shelter Package Includes => 2 Strips (strip size: 55mm X 500mm)
Visit the Shelter website at http://www.CantitoeRoad.com/Shelter