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    Pivot wear on 2011 Carbon Element MSL

    I am in the process of replacing the bushing and pivots on my 2011 Element MSL. I noticed some heavy pitting along the rear chain stay pivot meets the bottom bracket. See pics below.

    It could possibly be wear from dirt and debris build up getting sandwiched between the chain stay and the bottom bracket. There seems to very space between them. The bike has been well cared for but has seem many days of poor riding conditions.

    Is this normal wear in this area? Should I be concerned?
    Last edited by rhett101; 08-11-2013 at 02:46 PM. Reason: typos
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    That looks like bits of pea gravel or coarse sand getting caught in there. It's just chipping off the paint, no damage to carbon.
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    I just looked at mine and there is only a couple of millimetres spacing and can see how you can get that paint damage if dirt was trapped there. At least you can't really see it when put together.

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