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Carbon fibre reinforced plastic can be recycled to some extent but not to its original level of structural performance. It's becoming increasingly common to chop carbon fibre structures up and use the material as filler for plastic moulded parts. This is similar to the idea of glass reinforced nylon and results in stiff plastic parts.
As said above, it would be interesting to repeat the test with something like a santa Cruz nomad or a specialized demo, where it seems that there is a little more experience in using carbon fibre for frame construction.
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