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    Broken kona Operator..anyone else????

    This was a 2012 operator ridden by a smooth expert rider weighing approx. 140 pounds. yikes !!!!
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    Did warranty replace?

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    wow im in at 165-170. That could have gone so bad. Seems it didnt. Im glad.

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    Seems like an odd place to crack behind the weld. Too lazy to look up spec, dpes Kona still use scandium frames?
    Keep the rubber side down

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    I've seen a pretty gnarly rider who's 220, mid pro, total plow rider, and his operator is holding up just fine. Must've just been unlucky.

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    it's always the smooth, light riders that crack the frames, isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini2k05 View Post
    I've seen a pretty gnarly rider who's 220, mid pro, total plow rider, and his operator is holding up just fine. Must've just been unlucky.
    mid pro??? Please....
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    Do he do that "just riding along..."? Seems a pretty common accurance.
    The guy yo' momma "act" like she don't know!

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    Looks like the ziptie isn't tight enough...causing excess cable-slap against the down tube
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    pffft it's a Kona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS View Post
    mid pro??? Please....
    You so silly.

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    Well, a broken bike is a broken bike, I guess it happens, maybe the frame was invalid, who knows...

    Nothing the warranty replacement frame cant fix :P

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    Is there a dent on the other side of the frame? Looks kinda like the crack was caused by a lateral force. Like in a crash or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khartik View Post
    Looks kinda like the crack was caused by a lateral force. Like ...
    ...Like cable slap?
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    Quote Originally Posted by toni31 View Post
    Well, a broken bike is a broken bike, I guess it happens, maybe the frame was invalid, who knows...

    Nothing the warranty replacement frame cant fix :P
    hopefully they are better then my chainstay replacement...what a fricken pain and costly too....another rider just gave a way his too...because you could buy a complete kona at wheelworld at a cheaper place then a replacement
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    My Kona held up perfectly fine , im 200lbs with no armor , and im not the smoothest rider lol ..

    From that pic im assuming he must of been hitting some serious drops with it ? How did it happen..

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    Roof rack incident?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    Roof rack incident?
    riding
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    220lbs here and mines holding up so far. Tell your little buddy to warranty the frame and use the saved money for some food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khartik View Post
    Is there a dent on the other side of the frame? Looks kinda like the crack was caused by a lateral force. Like in a crash or something.
    Yeah. I think that hitting a tree would cause a crack like that!

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    Meh, all aluminum frames will break at some point. Some frames have a flaw that makes it happen quicker. That's why they come with a warranty.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Looks like the same area of the frame where all those intenses were breaking a couple years back.
    You have a very rigid junction of tubes as the tt dt and ht are all welded together. There is stress on the tubes just before they all come together as they are more flexable than the joined tubes.
    Not that it should break, but it is easy to see why it could break there.

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    It's also where the butting stops.

    ........and where I've seen at least one of almost every single kona dh bike ever made fail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS View Post
    This was a 2012 operator ridden by a smooth expert rider weighing approx. 140 pounds. yikes !!!!
    Smooth Operator. Sade's BACK.

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    So are you saying that frames last longer if you don't shave?
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