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    Cracked Spitfire

    What a sweet frame! Was bummed when I found this.
    Might I suggest a gusset at the Headtube junction on the V2.....please!
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    i say throw a helmet on and see how much more it will take

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    Mine went the same way.

    Warranty took 4 weeks.



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    Ah! Yes, a gusset up there would nice. How long ago did you have this issue?
    I am curious to know what the warranty will come out as since the V2 is right around the corner. V2 looks to have the same Top/Down Tubes....would be a shame to see the same issue on the 2013 frames. Spitfire is pretty much spot on and the refinement on this frame is exciting stuff....IMO
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    I bought the frame in May 2011, so when I took it to the shop cracked on July 5, 2012, I was well within the 2 year warranty. The unfortunate part was that I didn't get my new frame until August 4...a solid month. Although apparently the guy at the distributor who was working on getting me the new frame up and quit and my warranty went unnoticed until I started making phone calls.

    The bike shop ask'd me to pay for shipping for the broken frame, but that was my only expense. Banshee didn't bother to send me just a front triangle, they sent a new complete frame, minus shock. And I got to keep my old rear triangle with it's hardware, since they only required the front triangle to be returned.

    Also, I'm not yet sure that this is a real "problem" for these frames, since these two occurrences are the only ones of which I'm aware. Indeed, when I was talking with the rep about the delay in getting my frame, he was under the assumption that I was getting a warranty for bushing issues. He was shocked when I told him that broke it proper.

    Just for reference, I ride a large frame, I weight an easy 210-215 with gear, run a 160mm fork, and tend to enjoy the occasional 4-5 foot drop to transition...all while having the grace of a drunk donkey. And this makes the 7th mountain bike frame that I have broken (4 GF Sugars, one Giant VT & one Giant Reign are the other 6) in 10 years.

    How about you, are you regular a frame wrecker like me?
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    I'll also mention that I had about 1800 miles on the frame before it broke. And luckily, I've never had bushing issues. I've always greased it up about every 6 weeks.

    But given my history, I'll likely break this frame some time mid to late next year. And I'll be well outside of my warranty period by then. So I'll likely be very pleased to pick up the V2 at that point. I'm hoping that Banshee will offer me some type of reduced cost replacement deal for out of warranty frames...if not, perhaps the Ragley G6 will be available for a close look by then.
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    Don't worry, lostboyz always has the "grace of a drunk monkey" all the time.
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    lustboyz is smoooooth. like a shaved baby

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    This is the 2nd frame that i've broken in 15years of riding MTB's. Perhaps this is a sign of me turning into a hack and should just ride a dirtbike instead. Dunno...I guess that's what happens when all your friends are hacks an you let them lead out....you take the hack lines.
    I am not detered by this crack and look forward to getting back on a Spitfire....or perhaps a Rune. Still unsure of what the warranty situation is. I'm sure they will take care of me.
    As for now i'm riding my Chromag Aperture which should help straighten out my tendencies to take hack lines and clean up my riding a bit in the interim. Should be fun!!

    Now if I can just get the legs to push the 1x9....ouch!!

    What is this Ragley you speak of? Another hardtail or a full suspension perhaps?
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    Found a write up on the G6. Sweeting looking bike!
    Prototype Ragley and Nukeproof - Eurobike 2011 - Pinkbike
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    don't hold your breath for the ragley, the designer Brant Richards jumped ship and took with him all intentions of putting this bike into production.

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    Ah, that's too bad. I guess we'll just have to wait for the RFX then.

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