So this is kind of a link off another thread I started, but I wanted a more direct survey from others.
I just go my 429c on Friday. Color is green. I ordered red and black but Competitive Cyclist sent green. Whatever. Set up the bike pretty nice and added some Lizard Skinz frame patches where I thought cables would slap, etc. Also have Jag Wire cables with the rubber boots to add to the frame protection.
So I took it out for the first ride on Saturday. Wetish conditions. Enough that it was gritty for sure, but not wet enough to wash the grit off easy. About a 20 mile ride to dail in the suspension. No crash, etc.
Got home Saturday night and rinsed my bike off and my wife pointed out a few spots where the cables had rubbed all the way through the clear, green and into the carbon base ! Ouch! Even the place where the top of my water bottle was had worn. WTF?
So I added more protectors to these places and called it lesson learned. Sunday, same ride but dryer and less gritty. Again, no crash or anything. The frame is all kinds of scratched up on the chain stays. I didn't lay it down or anything.
So has anyone else had any issues with this? I am by no means one of those guys who babies their bike or freaks when they get a ding, but this really has me questioning the durability of this bike in the long run! I would expect the surface treatment on a $6,000+ bike to be a little tougher! This is technically the first carbon MTB that I have owned, but I have plenty of buddies with carbon bikes that don't seem to be so fragile. I have also ridden carbon road bikes for a while and I beat them without similar results.
Has anyone else had these problems or is it just me? If I am the only one, I am thinking about contacting Pivot to see if there is anything I can do. The worst part of this is I absolutely love this bike!
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