Well, it happened. My beloved XL 5spot cracked. Right at the bottom weld of the rocker pivot. It went on me mid way through a ride as I stood up to crank a short hill. I suspect the crack was there for a while before it went completely, but with the muddier conditions here lately, I obviously missed it developing. Looong walk home.
I had seen posts by aquaholic some time ago re: his 5spots and I know that while this break isn't exactly common, it seems that when XL 5spots do break, this is where it happens. So I'm gonna call Turner on Monday and see what my options are. Thanks to their CS reputation, I'm not the least bit anxious that I'll get a fair shake, one way or the other.
But this has got me thinking: should I consider "upgrading" to an RFX front tri? I weigh about 220lbs and, while I don't ride anything more than 2" drops (if you could even call them "drops" ), I don't shy away from hitting nasty terrain at speed---I'm not happy unless I'm going fast. At my weight, I figure this has got to add up.
In short: I'm wondering if I'm simply asking too much of the frame given my weight and riding style.
I did notice that 2006 spots have a dual taco (mine is a 2005 w/ 1 taco). Did the XL spots after 2005 get beefed up a bit in a way that would help prevent this kind of failure?
And weight aside ('cause I don't care about 2-3 pounds), what kind of "feel" might I expect from a spack setup? Bottom bracket height & cornering comparable to a pure spot?
I'm eager to hear what Turner has to say on the matter, but I'd really appreciate some feedback from you guys as well.
e-i-o: You ride bigger stuff than I do, but I know you went from 5spot to 5pack. whaddya think after a season on it?
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