- Frame snapped at chainstay
Yes, the El Mar! I’m absolutely inconsolable as that’s the only bike I’ve ever really properly become attached to, it’s such a wonderful thing.
I was on a bit of trail that’s slow, rocky with a topping of turf, goes up and down a bit. Pedalled, heard a bang, thought I’d broken a spoke. Took me a minute or two to realise what’d happened.
As it happened, my wife had left her phone at home that day so I couldn’t call a rescue in. She was due home before too long but as it happened, I’d brought her phone with me in case the school called due to snow. So I had to walk. I was on a tiny little road that’s pretty difficult, and I assumed that the chance of meeting a car was virtually nil however within about ten minutes a van came past. Thumb out, he stopped, turned out he was an MTBer too. He brought me all the way home!
The frame’s already a warranty replacement, but I’m still inside the warranty period of the original one, so here’s hoping they don’t deny my claim by blaming it on chainsuck. Even if they do agree a replacement they don’t currently make anything similar. The Fargo is the closest but I’d need new drop bars and appropriate levers/shifters from what I can tell.Posted 10 months ago
The first one bent during a big ring/big sprocket/too short chain incident. They replaced the frame, and gave me a new fork too because the old one was the wrong colour to match the new frame. I told them about the too short chain so they could have refused a replacement but they didn’t, they felt that the frame should not have bent regardless. They were extremely generous and that give me a very positive impression of the company.
They may have designed this particular bike a bit on the light side but I’m prepared to forgive them. If all their bikes snap though, that’s another issue. But I can’t fault their commitment to their customers.Posted 10 months agocynic-alSubscriber
Looks like £120 at Argos cycles to replace a chainstay and chainstay bridge.
Unless the frame is worth a lot (to you) I’d try to find the “bodge” repair mentioned above that is likely to be perfectly serviceable (had it done myself) if you have the clearance.
The first one bent during a big ring/big sprocket/too short chain incident. They replaced the frame, and gave me a new fork too because the old one was the wrong colour to match the new frame. I told them about the too short chain so they could have refused a replacement but they didn’t, they felt that the frame should not have bent regardless.
Interesting, did you rip the hanger off? How was the stay too short?Posted 10 months ago
Flippin ‘eck. Took it apart for some pics and the chainsuck damage is WAY worse than I thought. I don’t think I can summon up the cheek to ask Salsa for a new one, it’s trashed. The gouge top right is really deep. Genuinely no idea how it got that bad – it’s not like chainsuck has been a recurring problem on this bike. I’ve had recurring problems before and not had anywhere near this kind of damage. Maybe because of the tyre clearance there’s less room for the chain when it does get sucked.
I think I need to go 1x.
Posted 10 months ago
Anyone got any tips for chainsuck protection?
I’d be looking at prevention first. Is it something to do with the soil type in your area that it happens so much?
A bit of inner tube wrapped around the chain stay (the way you’d wrap handkebars) will offer some protection and is easily/cheaply replaced.Posted 10 months ago
Chainsuck prevention; stop chain getting hooked up on chainring, so clutch mech best option, keep chain clean or replace chain before too worn and wears drivetrain, replace drivetrwin before too worn. Use chainrings that dont wear too quickly (eg FSA).
Lessen impact; check spacing between chain rings and chainstay so if does happen chain doesnt get so jammed. Protect chainstay with something tough.
Tbh since going to 10 speed clutch mechs I havent experienced it at all.Posted 10 months ago
I’m gutted for you, mol.
Appreciated – and yes, if I could only have one bike that’d be it. If I won the lottery, I’d keep it and just upgrade the components.
Is it something to do with the soil type in your area that it happens so much?
Yeah, there’s lots of sandstone so you get thin gritty mud when it’s wet enough. Of course I do take precautions, and it hasn’t happened a lot – just a few times. But apparently it was enough. I used to have regular issues on other bikes and never had any negative effects.Posted 10 months ago
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