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    dented top tube.... how safe?

    so this happened on my ride today..... thoughts?


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    It looks like you should still be able to use it. Ugly perhaps, and I would not go jumping cliffs with it but for the average trail user it should be fine.
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    Send the pics to Turner, they can give best advice. Got a dent in my '11 5 spot top tube and they said no problem with strength, but your situation could be different than mine.

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    Turner is the best source for answers. I had a Cannondale 1fg with a baseball size dent in the down tube and I rode that ugly little bike for 3 years; I'm sure there is a structural difference between a down tube dent and a top tube dent but I don''t know what they are.

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    Whoa! How'd it happen? I have 2 small dents on my top tube as well. But as the others have said, send pics to Turner so they can asses it.

    Looks like you were having a hoot testing your new fork!

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    A friend of mine did almost identical dent on his '04 Spot (he was closing the hatch in his car while bike was half way in the trunk ). He was riding hard (hucking, jumping etc) for next 3 years without issues.

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    I feel so sorry to see that has happened to your new pride. You just had it al together.

    I am pretty convinced though that it will not have decreased the frame's strength significantly. The down tube area and chainstays near the bottom bracket and both tubes joining the head tube in that area are stressed most. It is pretty far away from the headtube, so I would not worry. Once I had a frame that had a serious dent in the downtube near the bottom bracket and the frame cracked at the connection between the chainstays; totally unrelated and it took nearly a year before that crack was recognized as a crack and not a scratch in the paint.

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    yeah, I'm going to ride it while saving up, but there's a small amount of "worry" in my mind on this that will affect my riding.............sucks for sure!! ........... I sent a pic to tech@turnerbikes and got an "out of office" so it'll be a few days before I hear from them..........thanks though, it was pretty lame to have happen..........
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    on the "rock" section in the picture, I came down the little "steep" ump and hit a rock wrong, I decided to bail off and the bike caught one of the rocks.....rode the same section 3 more times that day at speed, but the first time through is intimidating.....
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    as long as there's no cracks, the frame should be good but no more hucking for sure :-)
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