View Poll Results: How often have you broken a frame?

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  • I've never broken one, but i'm a conservative rider

    41 21.58%
  • i've never broken one and i find it amazing

    70 36.84%
  • About one per year

    9 4.74%
  • One every other year or so

    20 10.53%
  • I have a doozy crash sometimes, but the bike was already old

    1 0.53%
  • Less frequently than 5 year intervals

    49 25.79%
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  1. #51
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    ^^At least they made the chainstays short. Should be cake to ride a wheelie.

    I've trashed frames to an unsafe condition five times, but when someone says 'break' I think of something actually 'breaking', i.e. a 'catastrophic' failure. Your dropout breaks, your rear wheel might be toast, your rear derailleur gets wrapped up, whatever. You come in nose first and your headtube snaps off, much worse. I think of pain when I hear 'break', not "aww look, now my frame is f$#ked up".

    Sounds like you could use a burlier frame and some handling lessons...

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    How often do you break a frame?

    Never in 20 years.
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    7 broken frames in 20 years.
    Pro-Flex 855
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    How often do you break a frame?

    Never in my 3 months of mountain biking have I broken a frame

  5. #55
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    not counting encounters with cars i've broken:

    early 70's schwinn stingray
    late 70's diamondback bmx
    hutch trickstar
    karate monkey (twice)
    niner one9
    gary fisher mt. tam
    gt rts3
    voodoo azian

    the azian was the nastiest. while ripping down some singletrack at about 25mph there was a loud "pop" sound which resulted in this:

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    Nasty

    Bent DT JRA??

    All the beheadings I've seen are @ HT welds. That looks,, not good.. tuck and roll out?

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    Right? That is a hell of a break. How did you fare on that one?

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    @deerhill - yeah, JRA. it was at the transition of rolling singletrack. there was a small runoff trench at the bottom and i had a rigid fork on the bike. loud POP and the front end disintegrated under me and tossed me more or less OTB about 10 ft out. the people behind me stopped and i hopped up and said, "i think i just broke my fork". mike smirked and said, "i've got some good news and some bad news. the good news is you didn't break your fork. the bad news..."

    @zowie - walked away with minor scuffs and all my teefs.

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    I keep hoping that I'll break my cheap nashbar frame but it won't break :-(

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    Jra

    Designer should be castrated for those cable guides too

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    yeah. they caused "interference" on a couple of occasions.
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    17 years and one hairline crack in a chainstay (which was a known problem with that bike and replaced the rear triangle by the mfgr). That's at 220-255#, plenty of DH, bike park/lift days, 4-6 ft drops, and rough, rocky trail riding.

    I'm not sure how people break so much stuff around here -- that break above looks nasty -- but I'm glad that my mechanical issues are usually pretty minor.
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    Is thread desertion a crime?
    To start a thread then desert said thread when asked any questions. Seems very strange to me and something's not quite right.

    I'm going to start a thread with a poll asking:

    Have you ever started a thread then deserted the thread once people started asking you questions.

    Poll options:
    Option one: No / once I start a thread I stick with it through thick and thin answering as well as asking any pertinent questions.

    Option two: Yes / once I start a thread I'm afraid to field questions so I turn tail and run.

    Option three: I start threads with a fake story line then run like hell just for the fun of it. It's what I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Is thread desertion a crime?
    no. but then again neither is being an abject idiot.

    resultant to both we end up with some "unique" threads and posts.

    be sure to desert your poll thread after starting it...
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    I've never broken a mountain bike frame. I would say that I ride pretty hard and have no problem sending 4-6 foot drops (usually to transition) and hit up to 15 foot gap jumps. That said, I think I'm pretty smooth.

    I broke several Titan titanium bmx frames growing up. That was mostly because I was hitting dirt jumps on them when I wasn't racing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monogod View Post
    no. but then again neither is being an abject idiot.

    resultant to both we end up with some "unique" threads and posts.

    be sure to desert your poll thread after starting it...
    True!
    True!
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    Finally true, be sure to desert any thread not just poll threads that you start.

    Sorry I'm sick in bed and a little irritable.
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    I have broken 4 frames in the last 7 years. 3 of those in the last 2 years. Warranty replacement on 2 of them, so not too bad. It's tough being a clydesdale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Is thread desertion a crime?
    To start a thread then desert said thread when asked any questions. Seems very strange to me and something's not quite right.
    I've been reading the replies. Thanks to everyone who has shared their experience, keep it up!

    It sounds like my experience is typical for about 15% of the folks active on this site, but for everyone else it's ludicrous. My interpretation is that frames are built to tight strength tolerances, generally QC on frames is quite good, (or else everyone would be having some breakage) and that some riders, particularly clydes, consistently load their bikes with larger loads than the frame was designed for. I'm a younger (31) clyde who isn't afraid to crash occasionally (never had a break from deformation or crashing, though), so it's not surprising I'm in the 15%, even if i'm not a great rider.

    I've broken 4 production frames, i broke one of the ones i built (which i counted accidentally and was definitely poorly constructed), which puts me at 1 every other year. Still way too much, but for a manufacturer there's probably not enough of us to justify building heavier frames.

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    Hope that tank frame solves the problem.
    Me too! It sucks finding a frame you think will work out, getting all the ancillary parts to get it going, spending a half-dozen rides twaddling with knobs and adjustments... just to have to go and do it all over again. So far I'm happy with it and haven't been bothered by the extra weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post
    I'm not sure how people break so much stuff around here
    I used to ride in ways that voided manufacturer's warranties. Frequently. As in nearly every ride.
    I was pretty reckless in my youth, my balls were often too big for my skills.

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    How often do you break a frame?

    8 mountain frame failures and 1 road in 14 years. 1 carbon frame that developed an ovaiized seat tube - who knew? Yes, it is tough being a Clyde. Frames are better and I'm getting older so I have high hopes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    I was pretty reckless in my youth, my balls were often too big for my skills.
    Me too. It's more balls than brains at that age
    My favorite was hucking off loading docks. That works wonders for frames, forks and wheels.
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    How often do you break a frame?

    Broken 4 frames I'm the last 9 years. 7 of those years are in Phoenix. Been riding MTB for 15 years.

    1 - Kline Mantra, broke weld by rear detailed. From what I read a design flaw.
    2 - Fisher Cakes, XL. Top tube broken just in front of seat tube. Again design flaw.
    1 - RIP 9, broke chain stay just past the weld behind the crank. This break was a surprise as I thought going with an all mountain type bike, and a smaller company would prevent this.

    All were warranties except the RIP. (2.5 years after purchase) I now ride a big name brand with life time warranty. I find it hard to drop 4k plus on a bike that I can break in 3 years and have to walk away from.

    I ride at 240 to 250 w/gear. And my riding style is sit and spin over 80% of what I hit so I am a little rough on things. The terrain in PHX is very rocky so between weight and riding style I stress a frame almost every ride.

    Also no major drops or air time I'm fat, getting old, and gutless. If it were not for bikes I'd be the typical heart diseases American.


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    In over 14 years have only broken 1 frame, head tube crack from the bottom headset cup up.

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    I've broken a few but through different ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
    I've been reading the replies. Thanks to everyone who has shared their experience, keep it up!

    It sounds like my experience is typical for about 15% of the folks active on this site, but for everyone else it's ludicrous. My interpretation is that frames are built to tight strength tolerances, generally QC on frames is quite good, (or else everyone would be having some breakage) and that some riders, particularly clydes, consistently load their bikes with larger loads than the frame was designed for. I'm a younger (31) clyde who isn't afraid to crash occasionally (never had a break from deformation or crashing, though), so it's not surprising I'm in the 15%, even if i'm not a great rider.

    I've broken 4 production frames, i broke one of the ones i built (which i counted accidentally and was definitely poorly constructed), which puts me at 1 every other year. Still way too much, but for a manufacturer there's probably not enough of us to justify building heavier frames.


    Me too! It sucks finding a frame you think will work out, getting all the ancillary parts to get it going, spending a half-dozen rides twaddling with knobs and adjustments... just to have to go and do it all over again. So far I'm happy with it and haven't been bothered by the extra weight.
    Welcome back I'm glad to see you're not a deserter.
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