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    Broken Tracer 29 linkage

    I always appreciate when others post frame failures, so I think I'll share mine. Out at Vail Lake in SoCal today riding the 12 hours of Temecula route to gauge my fitness and the bike starts wallowing a bit, clicking, and skipping gears. I pull over and find the upper shoulder link is broken off. Sadness set in immediately, especially as I was at the furthest point possible from the parking lot (thats when frame failures always happen...). If you are familiar with this terrain its not exactly aggressive so I'm very surprised this happened on a pretty new frame. I usually ride this route on a carbon hardtail that takes it like a champ. I'll see what my dealer can do with it this week, but next time I want to go big I think I'll leave the Tracer at home and take out the XC race bike, its proven more durable.Broken Tracer 29 linkage-small-link.jpg

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    oh no.

    Quote Originally Posted by JakeSch View Post
    I always appreciate when others post frame failures, so I think I'll share mine. Out at Vail Lake in SoCal today riding the 12 hours of Temecula route to gauge my fitness and the bike starts wallowing a bit, clicking, and skipping gears. I pull over and find the upper shoulder link is broken off. Sadness set in immediately, especially as I was at the furthest point possible from the parking lot (thats when frame failures always happen...). If you are familiar with this terrain its not exactly aggressive so I'm very surprised this happened on a pretty new frame. I usually ride this route on a carbon hardtail that takes it like a champ. I'll see what my dealer can do with it this week, but next time I want to go big I think I'll leave the Tracer at home and take out the XC race bike, its proven more durable.Click image for larger version. 

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    Oh man, sorry to see that, thats kind weird hu ? What do you think happed ?
    Bad design , bad metalergy, super hard landing ?

    I ride xc hardtail in florida but i use overbuilt wheelset and forks.

    I put a x fusion slide fork on a gt karakoram frame then built groupset around it.

    Altho i run sram x9 hubs and mavic 319 rims i have not had any frame issues. Im 220 with gear and i take some jumps but not more than 2 or 3 foot.

    Thats a weird place for a brake.

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    I think the rear end flex caused enough dissimilar load on that link that it snapped it apart. The break occurred on a rutted out section of trail and I think the high frequency of movement did it in. I had this bike built up for lighter duty than most I've seen. Definitely did not expect to crack the frame before the Arch wheels or XC group set...

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    Did it break on a weld? I can't tell by the pic.

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    Nope, it's broken at the arm of the pivot link that the seatstay bolts into. This is the weakest looking part of the whole CNCed link but I've never seen one break like this before.

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    That's the same link that broke on mine. In fact it is the same side as well.

    When you take your bike back to the shop to have them replace the linkage, make sure they inspect the weld joint on the frame just about the linkage. When mine link broke it also broke that weld joint and went unnoticed.

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    Jake- Shoot me an email and I'll help you out ASAP

    sam@intensecycles.com

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    Ouch!! Ive had frame failure on my T29 also, Sam at Intense will take good care of you.; )

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDaugherty View Post
    That's the same link that broke on mine. In fact it is the same side as well.

    When you take your bike back to the shop to have them replace the linkage, make sure they inspect the weld joint on the frame just about the linkage. When mine link broke it also broke that weld joint and went unnoticed.

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    Mine looks exactly like this:

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