- Just snapped my frame!
The V brake mounts would suggest its not of a recent vintage. So you may struggle with warranty. May be worth a punt though. Ask Hora. He’s an expert on warranty claims 😉
If it was me, I’d just be thanking my lucky stars that it didn’t go at a far less opportune moment. Glad you’re ok. Could have been nasty, thatPosted 5 years ago
Your experts are wrong about the weld in my opinion.
Its a shame, but as said brake mounts suggest it isn’t new, it had an owner before, maybe he didnt run enough insertion & the rest has happened over time.
Think of it as a blessing, your not too hurt & you can buy a new shiny frame. 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Beacause the tube that snapped, is just that, a full tube, its of quite considerable wall thickness as its the seat tube, the weld that was connectiing it to the top tube is intact but the thin walled top tube has actually broken away.
A weld has not broken there, yes its broke near a weld, but a weld has not broken.
Can you see if the area of top tube that broke has a thinner wall thickness than say 25mm away from the weld?Posted 5 years ago
It looks like the failure started around the hole in the seat tube/top tube junction (basically because that’s the darkest bit suggesting it’s been cracked longest and therefore oxidised most) – that may well have been caused by overheating during welding but it doesn’t look like the weld itself failed (though maybe that’s semantics) until it was overloaded due to the cracked seat tube.
But it’s very difficult to say for sure from pics so your experts may have a clearer view and therefore explanation.Posted 5 years ago
I have to say I agree with Tinsy, although I do not claim to be any sort of expert.
Simply, the tube that has snapped has not been welded onto anything. It’s part of a complete tube which has the top-tube and seatstays welded onto it.
As you’re not the original owner, you’ll not get a warranty claim. Also, from my experience as a former Trek dealer, they won’t deal with you direct.Posted 5 years ago
You’d be best taking it to your local Trek dealer and seeing if they can sort you out with a reduced price replacement through Trek. You’re in no way entitled to it, so I wouldn’t be that surprised if they say no. However, it’s of benefit to them if you keep riding their bikes, so they may be willing to work something out for you. Having dealt with them a lot in the past, they’re a pretty reasonable company and they’re generally pretty accommodating.
I think the weld has failed, this has been backed up by some engineering experts who I work with. Now I am not the original owner of the bike. Shall I contact Trek or chalk it up as being unlucky. Luckily I was just at a set of traffic lights and the cars didn’t run me over. I have twisted my ankle though 🙁Posted 5 years ago
Plenty of seat-post in the frame, and well bellow the minimum insertion
You can see here that the weld has failed:
and the other side has just collapsed.
thats a gary fisher rig isnt it ?
i must have one of the last remaining purple ones that havnt snapped like that.
most of em did it.
you had plenty in the seat tube but not enough beyond the seat tube top tube junction – iirc and ive not checked on my frame but the tubes butted and the post below the top tube wasnt supported – like it was shimmed up almost.
iirc lifetime warrenty from trek but that frame is at least 8 years old now. – do you have the reciept – trek are sticklers for that.Posted 5 years ago
ive not checked on my frame but the tubes butted and the post below the top tube wasnt supported – like it was shimmed up almost.
My GF Ferrous was the same – internally butted so only the top 100mm or so of the seat post was supported.
Seat tube rusted through before it could snap.Posted 5 years ago
trail_rat – Member
thats a gary fisher rig isnt it ?
i must have one of the last remaining purple ones that havnt snapped like that. most of em did it
I’ve got a very well ridden one in good nick too. Rich, I don’t mean to be rude but, how much do you weigh?Posted 5 years ago
Good luck with Trek, fingers crossed.
12.5Stone? I doubt that as the average weight of a UK man is 13Stone
Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s around the 19-20 stone mark. Thing is, a 10yr old frame won’t handle 20 stone as well as a new frame.
It’s all academic really, as you’re not the original owner. They’re not gonna cover it under warranty. I certainly wouldn’t have warrantied it if you’d brought it into my shop. I’d chalk it up to bad luck and see if a Trek dealer will maybe be generous and do a crash replacement deal.Posted 5 years ago
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