BikePedia - 1996 Mongoose Rockadile SX Complete Bicycle
I bought the above bike on Craiglist for $80 (loaded with high end parts):
- Deore LX front & rear derailleurs
- Deore XT crank
- Mavic 238 rims
- upgraded GT stem & bar
- upgraded Manitou Forx U front fork (stock was Manitou Mach 5 XC..there was a recall for cracked dropouts)
onlyl 26 lbs.
Unfortunately, I shortly discovered 3 cracks in head-tube!! 2 on top, & 3rd on bottom (long one, goes almost to middle of head-tube). See pics.
I scanned the Web, & 90% say the frame is kaput. There were some instances of repair: drill a hole at end of crack to stop any further cracking. Use dremel bit to gouge a valley in crack & weld it up. I DID find an interesting thread on weld repair:
Cracked Head Tube - FIXED - evolutionm.net
They cut the metal beyond the crack (getting rid of the fatigued Al), & filled it in via weld.
The Mongoose Rockadile SX is a NICE frame, so I'm considering a repair. But, THREE cracks! Maybe better to just find a new frame (Nashbar, Performance, Leader) & start over.
Any ideas of a lightweight frame..good price?
BTW, I approached the seller about getting some sort of resolution..he refused!
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