I got the bike nice and dirty over the weekend so I finally decided to clean it up because I was planning on riding some trails tomorrow instead of the boring road bike. Once I cleaned all the mud off the bike I noticed a little crack on the drive side chainstay by the main pivot. I know this won't be covered under warranty, but I was wondering if I'll even be able to get a new stay and what it will cost, or if anyone else has had theirs crack like this?

The crack was not there a last week because I cleaned it up after another muddy ride, and I would not have missed something like this.

This first pic is pretty clear that it's cracked. I checked everywhere else on the bike, and this is the only area that's messed up. The sad part is I've only been on the trails twice so far this year because it's way too wet to ride. I've been riding the bike around town, and on the bike path with my girlfriend because I'm way too fast on the road bike for her to keep up.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4480149438/" title="Cracked Chainstay by sixate, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4480149438_a19b22f026_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Cracked Chainstay" /></a>

This second pic looks like a scratch, but in person it almost looks like the beginning of a crack.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4480148920/" title="Cracked Chainstay by sixate, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4046/4480148920_b353e0a18b_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Cracked Chainstay" /></a>