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    Frame damage - Trek Fuel Ex8 (my fault)

    I ended up washing my bike today, but in the process I discovered this HUGE dent near the bottom bracket. Do you guys think its still safe to ride on this frame? Not sure when the dent happened but I haven't noticed any difference in the bike handling. The frame is a 2010 Trek Fuel Ex8. Sorry if this isn't the right forum but any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    I would take it to a bike shop and have them look at it...but i think if it was mine I would still ride it and keep a good eye on it to see if you start developing cracks in that area..I would also keep both tires on the ground(no jumping)

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    Thanks for the advice...I just bought a new AM/park bike so this bike will be delegated to just XC riding from here on out. I just wanted to make sure this bike was still safe to ride on.

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    I had the exact same thing happen to my bike a few years ago, it was an EX7, but the same thing, and in the same spot. I actually sanded the area down to the bare aluminum, and added structural epoxy to it. I drilled a few very small holes so the epoxy had something to adhere to, in addition to the bare aluminum, and filled it in. Once it dried it was rock hard, and I have been riding it like that for years with no issues.

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    That sort of work will void the warranty. If you bought the bike used with no warranty for second owner, good to go. If you bought it brand new from a shop I would advise against home frame repair.

    To the OP, if you're worried/concerned about your safety have your Trek shop inspect and assist you in making a judgement call. Trek is always very helpful in these situations.

    Quote Originally Posted by nov0798 View Post
    I had the exact same thing happen to my bike a few years ago, it was an EX7, but the same thing, and in the same spot. I actually sanded the area down to the bare aluminum, and added structural epoxy to it. I drilled a few very small holes so the epoxy had something to adhere to, in addition to the bare aluminum, and filled it in. Once it dried it was rock hard, and I have been riding it like that for years with no issues.

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