- Is my frame about to die?
Been for a ride today and was cleaning my bike and found these marks. Im not sure what they are, there are some frame stickers in that area so could be mud under the stickers although there are no signs of this anywhere else. Only got the bike before christmas brand new cube stereo pro 2011. Hoping its not a crack but wondered if there were any better trained eyes than mine out there able to offer advice
thanksPosted 6 years agogsp1984Member
Seems very odd, you should be able to tell fairly convincingly from looking at it if that is done by a sticker.
To me it looks like a crack though.
I managed to bend a Cube frame… the replacement frame was sent under warranty very quick, and everything was swapped over within a week.Posted 6 years agotimmysSubscriber
Enhance, enhance, enhance…
Surely that continuing curve is the edge of a sticker that goes under the down tube and then has the same shape edge on the other side – hence the “crack” being the exactly the same curving shape on both sides? But it that was the case I would have though it would be totally bloody obvious if the bike was in front of you so perhaps not.Posted 6 years agoo96192083Member
The paint ‘inside’ the crack (which is convieniently symmetrical) is whiter than outside the crack. It’s a a non-stickered area I think.
Look at the furthest left the crack goes, second picture. The two textures either side are totally different; one matte, one shiny, one white, one off-white…Posted 6 years agoMark NMember
The shading variance suggest that there is protective tape on all but the par where the head tube joins the frame. My money is the line you can see is a dirt line at the edge of the protective tape. As has been said you should be easily be able to feel this with a finger nail.
As with anything like this if you have any doubts take it back to where you got it and ask then to check it.Posted 6 years agohaggis1978Member
id drop the forks out and spray some GT85/TF2 externally on it and eyeball the inside. if its a crack, which it looks like to me then your finger will be wet when it comes out the headtube. If it was the sticker then surely it would run parallel to the black decal whereas that tends to curve away from the decalPosted 6 years ago4ndy BMember
Cube don’t place stickers there, all the decals are paint on Cube’s
There is a downtube protection sticker on all Cube’s, but it starts much lower down the frame
If it is a sticker it’s been put on by the shop or the owner
If it’s a crack it’s warranty time & back to the shop you got it fromPosted 6 years agoOCBMember
It looks like the edge of a sticker / decal.
There is a clear difference in finish ‘twixt the two sides and the line appears to follow the black coloured section rather consistently on both sides.
Poke about with a fingernail before taking anything apart / going back to the shop.Posted 6 years ago
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