Hi, I thought I would post here an issue I had yesterday riding before taking my ride to the LBS.
During my ride I went up this sort of jump..about a four -5 ft. rise up to another level of terrain, not fast enough to get air, just the front end off the ground. When hitting the rise I heard a buzzing sound from the rear end, kind of a metal on metal sound. I looked the bike over well but didn't really see anything, shifting was ok, albeit a bit noisier than usual. I rode back the last 4 miles. Got home and noticed the derailleur was tweaked out of shape, In one gear it wanted to rub one of the derailleur sprockets on the cassette ( smallest gear) and figured I had hit a rock and bent it. Now that I think back though I think this happened when I went up the jump. Weird I know...but I have the Trek red shield policy and if I didnt hit a rock I want the policy to pay to replace this. I can't imagine why hitting the jump would cause a bent derailleur, unless you all have heard of this and it is a common/ uncommon occurrence.
I have only been MTB'ing for about a year and on the base model 2012 Rumblefish for about 3 mos. This is the first time I have had any issue like this...I am 52 and don't really ride fast enough to do much damage or catch mush air. Nor did I bottom out the suspension hit the rise. I have ridden over much worse without issue.
Anyway, I am pretty sure the shop will tell me I hit a rock...lol. Though I am positive I did not. I have no problem whatsoever paying for the repair...and I was just going to tell them replace it, I hit something, no big deal. However the more I think about it...the more I think it may be an issue with the bike.
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