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  1. #1
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    how many frames have you broken?

    i just posted a thread with a warranty question; that got me thinking, how many frames have you guys and gals broken in your time?

    this one is my first out of eight bikes owned over a period spanning from 1992.
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    None...but a few frames have broken me.

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    Never broke one of mines... can't afford it

    btw, nice housing

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    I have broken one frame....It was a long time ago.
    How did your frame break. How far in did the seat post go?

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    Four.

    2002 KHS FXT, swingarm snapped near the nondrive drop out
    2004 Santa Cruz Heckler, swingarm snapped at the pivot
    2008 Trek Top Fuel 69er, cracked at toptube-seattube weld
    2010 Gary Fisher Rumblefish, swingarm snapped at the yoke and driveside chainstay

    It is to be expected- the lightest I've ever been as an adult is 235, and my bikes are really ridden, not babied. Interestingly, all the frames I've broken were full suspension, never broke a hardtail, and the only bike I ever rode for a long period of time (over a year) that didn't break was my trusty old Santa Cruz Blur. I loved that bike, the only problem was that the wheels got too small.
    Worked at Trek/Fisher dealer 2008-2013. Only a little biased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El_Duderino View Post
    I have broken one frame....It was a long time ago.
    How did your frame break. How far in did the seat post go?
    i dunno how my frame cracked, i wash washing it this morning and noticed the crack. the seatpost went in far enough, the shop made sure of that when i purchased it.

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    5, I think. 2 crappy department store bikes, 2 Oryx Equipe 4000 frames as a result of gross abuse (duh, let's go do worldcup DH runs on an XC bike, what could possibly go wrong?), and a Trek 7000 that cracked apart at the bottom bracket.

    For the record, the 1st Oryx frame was written off when I slammed a tree riding around at night while completely intoxicated at my friend's cottage. The 2nd one survived Bromont years ago but had 10 years taken off its life and died last year.

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    Zero since early 80's. Go through 5 or 6 bikes a year, maybe I dont keep them long enough.

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    I threw one out because it had a French-threaded bottom bracket.

    I broke a ski a while ago.

    I haven't done structural damage to a bike frame yet. This includes manuals and occasional singletrack forays on road bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    I threw one out because it had a French-threaded bottom bracket.



    You can re thread a french BB to Italian, hope it wasn't a nice frame.

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    I've cracked two aluminum XC frames since 2002.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    You can re thread a french BB to Italian, hope it wasn't a nice frame.
    Total garbage. It came from a pile of bikes in my friend's garage, and I was using it as a commuter. When the cotter pins holding the crankset together started getting beat up, I investigated it a little more and decided that trying to keep it rolling would be throwing good money after bad. I only bought used parts to try to restore it, so not too expensive a learning experience. With a contemporary 26" up front and an old 26 x 1 3/8" wheel in back, and front disc brake, it was actually sort of cool.
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    Looks like 7.


    '97 GT Zaskar Cracked top tube/seat tube
    '98 GT STS DS1500 Cracked the rear link arm 2 times
    '04 Fisher Sugar 293 Cracked top shock mount at top tube
    '06 Felt F60 Cracked seatstay/yoke/seattube aluminum to carbon
    '08 Fisher Paragon Cracked top tube/seat tube
    '10 SC Tallboy Cracked lower link arm
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    Just one, a 94? Aluminium Giant frame. Cracked the head tube.

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    Four, my frist bike that I really rode in the dirt I broke at the dropout . My second breakage was on my Ibis Bowti it broke at the top tube flex stay ,had it rewelded it broke again after about 10 hours of riding. Replaced it with a Intense

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    The whole broken frame thing I think often comes down to bad manufacturing. Unless something is over-built, it is probably gonna break eventually. I doubt it is my bad azz riding.

    1989 RockHopper (steel) - not broken (still got it)
    1993 Univega Boralyn (metal matrix composite) - broke downtube 1994
    1994 Univega Boralite (metal matrix composite) - broke seat tube from bottom bracket 1994
    (These bikes were plagued by an inconsistent distribution of the Boron-Nitride and Boron-Carbide particles used to stiffen the aluminum matrix, resulting in some very brittle areas in the material. The particles tended to float in the liquid aluminum before it would solidify. This is so early in the mfg. process - you cannot tell until you begin to extrude the frame tubes. Before they broke they were light, very stiff frames, and even after they broke the stiffness was evident as they were still ride-able... barely)
    1996 Specialized StumpJumper M2 (metal matrix composite) - broke DS chainstay 2003 (they gave me a brand new 2004 SJ M4 to replace it - no questions despite some wicked looking chainsuck marks - still got it - awesome frame).
    2007 Niner MCR9 (steel) - broken DS rear dropout 2009. Since repaired.
    I also have an '08 Iron Horse MkIII that I am told will inevitably fail no matter what I do.

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    Only 2 for me.

    First was 99 Cannondale F2000 hardtaill - cracked the disc brake tab. Cannondale sent me a new frame no questions asked. They really stood by the lifetime warranty.

    Second was a Transition Vagrant - cracked the seat tube right under the collar. Transition gave me a great deal on a Trans Am, even though my Vagrant was way out of warranty.
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    Fatigued three different MTB frames

    All in the same place, the chainstay pretty close to the bottom bracket on the drive side. All due to fatigue and my mosh happy fat guy pedaling style. None were cheap bikes although all were pretty lightweight:

    1999 Specialized M4 hardtail
    2001 Klein Adept Race - Full Suspension
    2004 Specialized FSR Anniversary Edition - which I was able to get a new chainstay from a dealer for $100 bucks.

    Still have an old KHS steel hardtail with no signs of fatigue. Bottom line is that just about all aluminum frames that are ridden hard will eventually fatigue.

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    4.5 frames.
    trek 7000
    klein rascal
    klein attitude
    klein attitude
    trek 69er
    The last frame. The attitude, Trek man said, was ridden to hard. No warranty.
    The 69er, with a cracked seat tube. LBS, on your own.
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    Never broken a frame, but I snapped 2 sets of Cook Bros. cranks back in the day. Both times they threw me over the bars on steep climbs. Both times were painful. Both times Cook Bros. replaced them but the second time I just put the replacements on the shelf and went to XTR.

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    dumber than a really dumb post
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    broken swing arm

    never broke a frame, but i have broke the rear swing arm going over a large log ,at tom brown park tallahassee riding some single track , bike was a jamis dakar xc , and jamis sent me a brand new swing arm ,and my local bike shop installed it , it cost me nothing ,other than a week with out my bike . not good but what do yah do .

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    92 Bridgestone steel MB-5
    94 Kona steel Kilauea
    99 Airborne Ti Lucky Strike

    Maybe I should be riding aluminum or carbon bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott O View Post
    92 Bridgestone steel MB-5
    94 Kona steel Kilauea
    99 Airborne Ti Lucky Strike

    Maybe I should be riding aluminum or carbon bikes?
    Well, it's been a while since you didn't broke one, so
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    two Evil Revolt frames. thankfully the third one didnt break before i sold it.

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    Glass half full!!

    Boy am I having fun in the general Dept. So around 87-8ish I had a rockhopper. At the bottom of a smooth hill, I had momentum, and tacoed my front wheel and fork into the ground on the way up. "No injury" I limped home, and pouted for hours. The wife said something like for crying out loud!! and took me to the LBS and I walked out with a 91 stumpy comp. I only payed for half if that. No broken frames for me.

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    2006 Mongoose Teocali Comp [base model]
    Cracked at the seat tube/top tube junction
    It was replaced no questions asked with a 2010 Teocali Super frame with RP23 shock

    No complaints here

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    Four

    Cannondale M800
    Airborne Lucky Strike
    Giant VT
    Santa Cruz Nomad
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    do seatstay's count?

    one...just did...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porkchop_Power View Post
    All in the same place, the chainstay pretty close to the bottom bracket on the drive side. All due to fatigue and my mosh happy fat guy pedaling style. None were cheap bikes although all were pretty lightweight:

    1999 Specialized M4 hardtail
    2001 Klein Adept Race - Full Suspension
    2004 Specialized FSR Anniversary Edition - which I was able to get a new chainstay from a dealer for $100 bucks.

    Still have an old KHS steel hardtail with no signs of fatigue. Bottom line is that just about all aluminum frames that are ridden hard will eventually fatigue.
    I agree, I have broken all but two of all alum frames that I have owned and I feel that both of those will break eventually. I think I have met my match in the steel cog 29r I bought a year ago.
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    Looks like you might have another crack on the bottom of the top tube seat tube joint as well. Those welds leave a little to be desired. That is one hell of a crater at the stop!

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    2 or 3 It's been awhile. I don't think I would have found that crack my bike is black. Now you did it. I gotta go look
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    5 or 6 i lost count

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    frames I have had that were cracked !!

    first cracked frame i has was a cannondale, cracked right at the bottom of the gap just below the seat post clamp , and the same thing happen on a older pro flex 857 fullsuspension , my buddy at work also has a older canondale that broke were the seat post down tube meets the top tube , all were 90's mtb

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    Four

    Specialized Roubaix (Road bike)
    Fisher Ferris (broke 2)
    Fisher Superfly

    The Roubaix was an issue over tightening a seat post clamp. The two Ferris frames were at the junction of the seat tube and chain stays. The Superfly broke wen I kicked a rock up into thhe bottom side of the frame - right where the new Trek's have armor.

    The first three were cracks that were almost too small to recognize. I would bet there are many people riding cracked frames without even noticing.

    Fortunately all the frames were replaced by the warranty.

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    One, a Kona King Kikapu about 2 years ago. Broke at a weld on the seat stay.
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    Proflex 855
    Santa Cruz Tazmon
    Santa Cruz Tazmon (replacement frame)
    Santa Cruz Superlight
    Titus Switchblade
    Yeti 575
    Yeti 575 (replacement frame)

    Worst break was the first Tazmon - sheared the head tube off but walked away without a scratch.

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