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    Cracked Kona Unit dropout?

    I was just pulling down my unit after 300km of very muddy solo 24 racing when I noticed something odd with my drive side drop out (the non sliding bit). There is a hair line crack about 15mm long (not sure what that in inches). Anyone got any thoughts? Ride it until I end up on my ass?
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    In is a steel frame? and I am not an expert, but we fixed many broken machines parts in the woods by drilling a hole at the end of the crack and welding it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dstepper
    In is a steel frame? and I am not an expert, but we fixed many broken machines parts in the woods by drilling a hole at the end of the crack and welding it.
    Yep it is a steel frame. It is a 2004 frame, that has only been ridden since the start of the year (sat in a shop for a year).

    Do Kona warranty frames?

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    I see........

    Quote Originally Posted by positron
    Yep it is a steel frame. It is a 2004 frame, that has only been ridden since the start of the year (sat in a shop for a year).

    Do Kona warranty frames?
    No reason that You should have a problem getting that warrentied(sp?) No way would I weld it Myself when You can get a new frame for free.
    Last edited by gearless; 10-13-2005 at 08:59 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by positron
    Yep it is a steel frame. It is a 2004 frame, that has only been ridden since the start of the year (sat in a shop for a year).

    Do Kona warranty frames?
    Kona has a 4 year warranty, and if they won't warranty it for some reason like you aren't the original owner or something go and get it welded.

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    I'm no expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I made the mistake of knowingly riding a cracked steel bike (driveside chainstay behind the bb) exactly once. When it gave way it wasn't pretty, it wasn't fun, and it was a long walk home. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
    Yours is broke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by positron
    Yep it is a steel frame. It is a 2004 frame, that has only been ridden since the start of the year (sat in a shop for a year).

    Do Kona warranty frames?
    Should do, I know of a couple of others that have had frames replaced here.

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    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by positron
    Yep it is a steel frame. It is a 2004 frame, that has only been ridden since the start of the year (sat in a shop for a year).

    Do Kona warranty frames?
    I warrantied a 1999 Kaboom frame in the fall of 2002. The frame cracked on the downtube just below the headtube. Kona warrantied the frame without any problems.

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    Page Kona Joe on the Kona forum, he can get you started on a warranty claim or at least let you know how to proceed.

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