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    Catastrophic Jekyll failure

    Was riding with my buddy this weekend when this happened to his bike. Some background on the circumstances:

    • Bike is about 3 years old
    • Strictly cross-country rides only. No abuse of the bike from that perspective.
    • However, he pushes big gears all the time (never uses granny), thus exerting a lot of twisting torque on the BB.
    • The break occurred on a short uphill after a creek crossing, where one would keep it in a higher gear and just power through the hill. Again, high torque on the BB.

    Still, that's quite a remarkable break! Luckily no one was hurt.
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    Ohh well. He knew what he bought.

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    I'm glad your buddy didn't get hurt... got any pics?

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    It broke because his fork boots are stuffed all the way up to the top of the stanchions= Seriously though, your buddy is heading for a new Prophet, lucky guy! Glad no-one got injured=
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Colossus
    Ohh well. He knew what he bought.
    What does that mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vitaccop
    What does that mean?
    I'd safely assume it's referring to the fact that he bought a Cannondale. Many are just jealous, and cannot find a way to verbalize it without being negative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vitaccop
    What does that mean?
    What do you think it means? I think Cannondale bikes suck. Is THAT clear enough for you?

    Although I do want to try a lefty on the 29er...

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    Any chance of posting some closeup pictures? I never seen wall thinkness. Does it look like the thinkness is uniform or does it change. I heard it is different at the ends. When it broke did it give any indication or did it just happen quickly.

    Thanks

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    What do you think it means? I think Cannondale bikes suck. Is THAT clear enough for you?

    Although I do want to try a lefty on the 29er...
    There's commitment for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Colossus
    What do you think it means? I think Cannondale bikes suck. Is THAT clear enough for you?

    Although I do want to try a lefty on the 29er...

    nice attitude

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgordo
    nice attitude
    No big deal... I just don't like the bikes or the company. It isn't the end of your world or anything.

    They are trying to recover from their past transgressions anyway. I hope they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vitaccop
    What does that mean?
    Another member heading into my ignore list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Colossus
    What do you think it means? I think Cannondale bikes suck. Is THAT clear enough for you?



    Although I do want to try a lefty on the 29er...
    Don't get your panties all in a wad.. if you stop reading the CANNONDALE forum you might stop being such a smart a$$. Go buy another brand of bike. I hope THAT'S clear enough for you to understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vitaccop
    Don't get your panties all in a wad.. if you stop reading the CANNONDALE forum you might stop being such a smart a$$. Go buy another brand of bike. I hope THAT'S clear enough for you to understand.
    Me? I can dislike a bike or a company without panties. It doesn't bother me. The wad is up to the shills. I didn't buy the Cannondale that is now broken. I know better than to buy it in the first place.

    Like I said: No big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Colossus
    Me? I can dislike a bike or a company without panties. It doesn't bother me. The wad is up to the shills. I didn't buy the Cannondale that is now broken. I know better than to buy it in the first place.

    Like I said: No big deal.
    Bored eh?

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    I was asking myself if KleinAttitude didn't change his name...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmkp621
    Was riding with my buddy this weekend when this happened to his bike.
    Yikes. Yer boy must be quite the torquer!

    Does C'dale still have their no questions asked replacement policy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CdaleTony
    Bored eh?


    Broken frames are scary. Gotta stay on top of them. See all those broken Rocky Mountains? Wow... they have issues over there.

    I want to see Cannondale brought back to the triumph of the glory days! Cutting edge and conceptually avant garde. A company owned by the proud common man! A company ran by the common man! Frames made of cardboard fiber and epoxy resin with replaceable poly sleeves just because we roll like that!



    Cannondale is a public company. It can pay to pay attention. You just never know.

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    3 years without a Lefty or Headshok, I would have broke too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Colossus
    Me? I can dislike a bike or a company without panties. It doesn't bother me. The wad is up to the shills. I didn't buy the Cannondale that is now broken. I know better than to buy it in the first place.

    Like I said: No big deal.
    In all seriousness- why do you read and post on a Cannondale forum when you don't enjoy them? I don't like green vegetables. Have I ever signed up to a health food forum and then began posting to the "veggie lovers" subforum about how much they suck? How I think eating a salad is like pulling leaves off a tree and stuffing them into your mouth (which it basically is)? Do I assert that celery and onions have no place in modern society (YUK)? Do I claim that anybody that wastes valuable stomach space on a nasty-a$$ salad when they could be eating steak is an idiot? No- instead I simply DON'T SIGN UP FOR VEGETABLE FORUMS. If there was a steak or macaroni and cheese forum I might register- but only if there were good pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Colossus
    I want to see Cannondale brought back to the triumph of the glory days! Cutting edge and conceptually avant garde. A company owned by the proud common man! A company ran by the common man! Frames made of cardboard fiber and epoxy resin with replaceable poly sleeves just because we roll like that! Cannondale is a public company. It can pay to pay attention. You just never know.
    Hate to go with the griper, but Amen brother. vitaccop, you're making me hungry= Peace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Colossus
    I want to see Cannondale brought back to the triumph of the glory days! Cutting edge and conceptually avant garde. A company owned by the proud common man! A company ran by the common man! Frames made of cardboard fiber and epoxy resin with replaceable poly sleeves just because we roll like that!



    Cannondale is a public company. It can pay to pay attention. You just never know.
    Just when I thought you were beyond redemption.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Colossus
    Broken frames are scary. Gotta stay on top of them. See all those broken Rocky Mountains? Wow... they have issues over there.

    I REALLY hope you don't have an aluminium bike , because , guess what ???? it's gonna break one day....... Cannondale , Giant , Rocky Mountain , that's the nature of aluminium.
    If you have a 8 pound alu frame , it's gonna last longer but still gonna break one day..

    I bought my first CDale in '89 . It broke 3 times. That original frame is now a 2002 CAAD5. I now have 3 of them
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    Quote Originally Posted by vitaccop
    In all seriousness- why do you read and post on a Cannondale forum when you don't enjoy them? I don't like green vegetables. Have I ever signed up to a health food forum and then began posting to the "veggie lovers" subforum about how much they suck? How I think eating a salad is like pulling leaves off a tree and stuffing them into your mouth (which it basically is)? Do I assert that celery and onions have no place in modern society (YUK)? Do I claim that anybody that wastes valuable stomach space on a nasty-a$$ salad when they could be eating steak is an idiot? No- instead I simply DON'T SIGN UP FOR VEGETABLE FORUMS. If there was a steak or macaroni and cheese forum I might register- but only if there were good pictures.
    You are making me hungry...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous
    You are making me hungry...



    Oh man.. that's just yummy...

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    You can find just as many breaks with other companies...locally we have had 3 titus bikes break this season...Ellsworth bikes break a lot as well, seen quite a few of them...same with the Trek's....they had a bad run last year and many where breaking at the piviot.

    Tom
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    Look at the bright side..at least Cannondale will help you towards a new frame ( still you broke a frame, boo hoo )....UNLIKE Ellsworth...they will BS you for months untill you decide to take them to court and then they will work with you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29Colossus
    No big deal... I just don't like the bikes or the company. It isn't the end of your world or anything.

    They are trying to recover from their past transgressions anyway. I hope they do.

    Just out of curiosity 29Colossus, how many Cannondales have you actually owned throughout your extensive cycling career?
    I'd hit it, but I bruise like a peach.

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    From the looks of the fork boots, it kind of looks like the bike took a big hit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpnic
    Just out of curiosity 29Colossus, how many Cannondales have you actually owned throughout your extensive cycling career?
    A couple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmkp621
    Was riding with my buddy this weekend when this happened to his bike. Some background on the circumstances:

    • Bike is about 3 years old
    • Strictly cross-country rides only. No abuse of the bike from that perspective.
    • However, he pushes big gears all the time (never uses granny), thus exerting a lot of twisting torque on the BB.
    • The break occurred on a short uphill after a creek crossing, where one would keep it in a higher gear and just power through the hill. Again, high torque on the BB.

    Still, that's quite a remarkable break! Luckily no one was hurt.


    Prolly a stress crack that finally gave. I had that happen a couple years ago with my Titus, and also with an i-drive in 2000. The funny thing is, I don't troll the Titus or GT boards telling people they deserve their broken frame because of the brand they choose. I just choose not to buy their bikes, keep my mouth shut, and ride.
    Glad to hear he was not hurt, and I hope he enjoys his new Prophet.
    I'd hit it, but I bruise like a peach.

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    Lucky for him that cannondale has an awesome lifetime frame warranty. Excellent company. Hope he enjoys his new prophet.
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