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After today's ride I was cleaning my bike and found my bike had cracked at the seat tube toptube junction.
To make matters even worse my LBS is away this week.
IMG_0011 by Quattrings, on Flickr
Getting a replacement frame would mean getting really bad colour combo on frame, forks and components. Are there any experienced metallurgists or welders or something out there that could fix this?
will get some better pics in natural lighting
The crack just happened spontaneously. As a matter of fact, I had the seatpost out a week prior to this and there was no sign of the crack. I went on a couple of training runs this week and 80 km yesterday an suddenly it was there.
The new paint jobs are horrible in my opinion.
Just go with the warranty frame. If you really don't like the color, just sell it. Or, if you're all about voiding the warranty on that one, strip it down to brushed aluminum, which never looks too bad.
Budget 26" HT build viewtopic.php?f=10&t=110956
Cosmetical damage is something I can live with. A mountainbike is not going to be factory fresh forever.
I've also found this picture online so I would hazard a guess that this particular spot is a stress riser in the frame's design.
Anyway, it will need to be checked out thoroughly before I'd feel confident riding it again.
Haven't had time to take better pics.
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In your matter, stop use the frame, get a replacement frame and don´t use the cracked frame more.
I think I found a replacement 2011 frame, but I don't know if it's a financially sound idea to go this route.
What I'd like to know is, what is a good price point to sell a new 2013 frame for?
The new frame would be a size large, so less seatpost out of the frame equals to less stress on the TT/ST junction.
It would require a 90 mm stem to replicate the contact points' position , and the wheelbase will be slightly longer. Will this ride less "twitchy"? I liked my medium frame for the really fast turning singletracks.
I just never thought I'd be finding out, since they are outstanding bikes, even this incident does not make me doubt that one bit.
I've taken the liberty of purchasing the size large 2011 frame I found in the same colour. My LBS told me it was possible they would have the same frame. He also didn't see any immediate danger in me riding this frame apparantly, but I left it in the shop.
Hope all goes well.
Yesterday had a head on "collision" on my Caad4Aero with a moped. bike is alright. It's pretty mysterious but I think I elbowed him right in the chest, magicly dodging any contact with the bike, only managed to drop the chain somehow. hurt like a SOB though.
I hope this was all the bad luck for 2012.
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