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    '96 Mongoose Rockadile SX, headtube cracked x3

    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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    yeah you have to be careful when buying off craigslist. i sit there like an ******* looking things over so i know i'm not getting ripped off. i have a nashbar frame right now, its been good so far. i got it dirt cheap when they had a sale, so yeah... that's always an option. i see frames pop up every now and again. i bought this frame to hold me over until i found something i liked cheap, but until then i'll keep rocking this one. i feel like fixing that is just kind of dangerous.

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    The Rockadile is an average frame that is 16 years old, easily replacable with a $100 frame that should fit all the parts.

    Sette Reken Alloy Hardtail Frame at Price Point

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72 View Post
    The Rockadile is an average frame that is 16 years old, easily replacable with a $100 frame that should fit all the parts.

    Sette Reken Alloy Hardtail Frame at Price Point
    How would you compare the Sette/Reken (4.5 lbs for 18") with the Leader (4.21 lbs for 20"):

    BlueSkyCycling.com - Leader 510H MTB Frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by chimpanzee00 View Post
    How would you compare the Sette/Reken (4.5 lbs for 18") with the Leader (4.21 lbs for 20"):

    BlueSkyCycling.com - Leader 510H MTB Frame
    For that price...take the Leader(assuming you need a 15" or 21"), looks like most parts will swap and you need a new headset anyway based on your pictures.

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