Just received my new 19" 2005 Dakar XC Expert frame today. Looks like a very nice frame, and I love the red color. It weighs in at 6 lbs and 6 oz with the shock and seat post clamp.
After inspecting the frame I discovered to my horror this crack in the non-drive side pivot. The crack goes right through the metal to the other side. I'm just wondering if this is something anyone else has encountered on this particular model? To me it looks like a manufacturing problem, probably caused by the pivot bearing being pressed into a slightly undersized hole, perhaps due to paint over spray. I'm concerned that if I get another frame or replacement chain stay that this could happen again, perhaps out on the trail.
Appreciate any experience of thoughts on how best to address this.
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