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 21.69%
  • i've never broken one and i find it amazing

    69 36.51%
  • About one per year

    9 4.76%
  • One every other year or so

    20 10.58%
  • I have a doozy crash sometimes, but the bike was already old

    1 0.53%
  • Less frequently than 5 year intervals

    49 25.93%
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  1. #101
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    I rode with a guy for 5 years who went anywhere from 235-265, from his first day. We watched as he broke things; shocks, bars, seatposts, seats, frame, wheels.... and gradually built up a bike that would hold together. No light-weight XC weenie stuff, no bargain basement stuff, just the right stuff.
    I don't rattle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arphia View Post
    This is what I was thinking. I don't break frames (yet), and I don't bend rims (well, rarely).
    I've never bent a rim, clearly you are doing something wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    I rode with a guy for 5 years who went anywhere from 235-265, from his first day. We watched as he broke things; shocks, bars, seatposts, seats, frame, wheels.... and gradually built up a bike that would hold together. No light-weight XC weenie stuff, no bargain basement stuff, just the right stuff.
    Yeah, same experience for me- 20$ seatposts and low-rent shimano freehubs never hold up, and designed-to-a-price-point parts are a gamble. Now I get quality kit and haven't broken a component in years, although every now and then you get a surprise- i had a pg991 cassette 'mushroom' out where the chain loads the gear face and become worthless.

    Quote Originally Posted by DrDon View Post
    \ I just made the mistake of going with a dropper post that a gut feeling told me to pass on. Now I'll probably have to ante up for a expensive post from a company that's fanatical about its reputation.
    4 years on a gravity dropper and i've pulled it apart to grease it once. Pretty happy!
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    I agree with Mike. You have to buy frames and parts designed for your weight and how you plan on riding. I recommend a visit to the clyde section.
    There is not much choice between rotten apples.

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    Then, there are also kids who just break stuff; it's just how they are.
    I don't rattle.

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    This poll has successfully made me jealous of people that don't break stuff. I bet you never have to take a month off waiting for warranties, do you? Jerks.

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    How often do you break a frame?

    Quote Originally Posted by vitale232 View Post
    This poll has successfully made me jealous of people that don't break stuff. I bet you never have to take a month off waiting for warranties, do you? Jerks.
    I learned the hard way to only buy from companies with good customer service. If a company doesn't have the item back to me in less than 10 days then no more money from me. If I'm generous I'll allow 15 days. I've always had the biggest push back with the large companies with the "life time guarantee/30 day return" policies.


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    When do you learn to look at frames and realize that they aren't robust enough for you?
    I don't rattle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    When do you learn to look at frames and realize that they aren't robust enough for you?
    Last 3 frames i broke were a 5.5lb hardtail, 7.5lb "trail" frame and a 8.75lb "all mountain" frame. I picked them for strength, but they all got hairline cracks next to welds after about 1.5 seasons of use. How do you know which frames are robust enough? Your question illustrates that there isn't enough information (or choices, i need XL!) out there.

    As i said, i am now riding a 12lb AM frame... but the stiffness feels so good... I feel safer and more adventurous on it and maybe i'll break it too. Hope not.
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    How often do you break a frame?

    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    When do you learn to look at frames and realize that they aren't robust enough for you?
    For me several times. I did have to start ignoring the advice from smaller riders.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    When do you learn to look at frames and realize that they aren't robust enough for you?
    I finally have. That's why I'm riding this now:



    Seems way sturdier than my Bandit was.

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