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    2009 GF HiFi Chain Stay Crack (please share your photos)

    I just got a used 2009 GF HiFi (thought it was a 2010) and I have read all the horror stories about the chain stays or seat stays cracking/breaking...

    I took off the chain stay cloth cover and there is a scratch/crack and I just cannot tell what it is. I do not see how such a think knife like scratch could happen with the cloth cover on it... it is very thin and scratch like, but man it has me worried.

    Anyone else watch one of these cracks progress from a small hair to something deadly?

    Anyone have photos of theirs? I will try to put up a photo once my camera charges.

    I was hoping to be riding with a smile... now im just and

    Just cannot believe it...
    Last edited by vaisnava; 11-20-2011 at 11:21 AM. Reason: update

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    So...

    The world has not ended. Either your chainstay is broken or it's not. Try flexing your "scratch" to see if it opens up. Cracks are usually somewhat irregular and not like scoring with a knife.

    If it's fine, go ride. If it's broken, get a replacement and go ride. Great bike and worth the investment. Parts wear/break. Fix it and go ride.

    Dangerous? Could be. But mine let go nice and easy while I was riding. Was able to ride (gently) home on rugged trails.

    Good luck. Go ride.

    --Greg
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