OK – so what frames have failed on you then?
1. Peugeot Road bike – both dropouts snapped (pretty sure the second when the first one broke
2. 1995 Kona Kilauea – snapped RH dropout (since repaired and still in use)
3. GT Edge road frame – seat tube snapped just above the BB weld
4. Dolan Road frame – RH dropout snapped
5. Scott G-Zero – cracked at the seat ‘tube’
6. Pace RC303 – cracked at the top of the seat tube/top tube gusset weld (Pace replaced under warranty)
7. Rocky Mountain Element – broke at the dropout
8. Giant NRS – Grrr… pretty sure it was already cracked when I bought it second hand off here…
Hmmm I’ve broken a few dropouts, haven’t I…Posted 6 years agoLSMember
Raleigh 501 road frame – head tube cracked
Sirius 653 cross frame – down tube snapped (during a race)
Cannondale 2.8 road frame – seatstay snapped
Kinesis ally road frame – b/b shell came away from frame (during a race)
Raleigh Ti road frame – chainstay cracked
Kinesis Evo ally/carbon cross frame – chainstay cracked
Ambrosio carbon road frame – seat tube cracked
Van Tuyl Ti cross frame – chainstay cracked
I think that’s it 😳Posted 6 years agomessiahMember
1993 Rocky Mountain Blizzard – bottom bracket stretched – warranty
1993 Rocky Mountain Blizzard – Rear brake boss bent from factory – warranty
1995 Rocky Mountain Blizzard – seatstays cracked – warranty
1995 Trek 9900 OCLV Team Issue – brake boss snapped off – warranty
1995 Trek 9900 OCLV Team Issue – bottom bracket fell out – warranty
1997 Kona Explosif – dropout cracked after 11 years – welded up as my singlespeed
1999 Intense Uzzi SL. Seatmast snapped, 2 x chainstay cracked, 2 x seatstays cracked – I ran this for 6 years
2004 Balfa Minuteman – seat-tube cracked
2010 Whyte 19 steel – cracked dropout – warranty
I tend to keep my bikes for a few years… I’ve only owned two frames that I’ve not broken. The Nicolai Nucleon I just sold and the Nicolai Helius AM which I’ve only had for a year. There is one other frame I didn’t break which is a Trek 8900 from 2002 but I wore it out – the threads in the bottom bracket seemed fine but bottom brackets always got loose in it even with PTFE tape or threadlock etc.
I’m on the lookout for a new hardtail… certain Ti frames are off my list :o)Posted 6 years agojohnnersMember
Cotic Soda. 3 smallish cracks on bottom of downtube propagated from creased dents (rock strikes).
I large crack across seat tube/top tube junction which I didn’t notice, attributing the creaking noises to the cracks I knew about. I gave the frame to a mate to have a go at welding the downtube cracks and he spotted the big one straight away.Posted 6 years agoD0NKSubscriber
?? Emmelle californian ridden into a parked car, warranty replacement(!)Posted 6 years ago
94 kona lava dome, drive side drop out cracked/split was over 10years old by then tho
97 GF montare, cracked top tube warranty replaced with…
00 GF supercaliber, cracked seat tube in 09, probably still under warranty I found out just after I binned it 🙁
?? Kinesis xc>120 cracked chainstayshortcutSubscriber
Fundamentally, having seen Trailquestgraham’s post about his broken Lynskey and seen various others on here, and in the spirit of sharing the heartache (having a Lynskey myself) I want to know who else has had what frames fail on them.
So bring out your dead.
For me:Posted 6 years ago
1998 GT Zaskar – Frame replaced under warranty
2000 ish Airborne Lucky Strike – I bought it second hand.
Various Cove Paint Failures (too many to mention) – 3 frames replaced and 1 respray under warranty.ScottCheggMember
Ritchey P22 – fell to bits after 12 months. Light though
Marin Pine Mountain Full sus. Pivot failure
Early Yeti 575 – Carbon flex joint cracked
Santa Cruz Heckler – Swingarm split at disc tab
Specialized Enduro – seat tower cracked.
Ti 465 – Yes
Orange Vit-T – Shame that.
Best warranty? Specialized. They couldn’t have been better. Worst? Santa Cruz. If you have a Blue frame, you don’t want a red swingarm.Posted 6 years agojimwMember
2006 Trek Top Fuel 110- cracked at alloy BB/carbon seat tube junction after 18 months- warranty frame replacement was:
2008 Trek Fuel 9.8- cracked at carbon suspension mount/down tube junction after 38 miles – warranty frame replacement was:
2009 Trek Top Fuel 9.9SSL – cracked at rocker pivot on seat tube after 4 months- warranty replacement was:
2009 Trek EX9 whole bike for frame replacement ( didn’t want the replacement carbon frame they offered, very good of them to give credit towards whole new bike)- all the bits left over are now on my hardtail
All I can say is I was unlucky with carbon frames and that Trek UK were brilliant in sorting it all out (thanks Colin) and I am still very happy with the EX9 two years onPosted 6 years agovoodoo_chileMember
1983 raleigh burner seat stay crack
1983 mongoose californian chainstay snapped
1984 haro master headtube crack
1989 diamond back topanga u brake mount weld come away
1993 alpinestars al mega dx seat stay crack
1999 GT sts d/h crack bottom bracket shell (4 days old )!!!
must be more ! cant believe not snapped a bike in 12 years !Posted 6 years agodocrobsterMember
I’ve never broken a MTB frame. Must try harder.Posted 6 years ago
Late 80s Raleigh 501 steel road bike, snapped at downtube/head tube junction in approx 1993. Replaced under Warranty. Bought first mountain bike 1994.
Numerous steel road frames broken doing jumps n stuff when I was in my early teens- replaced by skip scavenging.flyingfoxMember
What I’ve done (surprised because I don’t break bikes):
Gary Fisher Big Sur (new frame after crack left BB hanging off almost!)
On One Ti 456 (still no answer after emailing and calling all day so don’t know yet)
What I’ve maybe contributed to (bikes I’ve ridden as little as once in some cases):
Cube Fritzz (chainstay broken right through)Posted 6 years ago
Yeti ASR-5 (chainstay broken after a few rides by the customer)whyterSubscriber
1997 Zaskar – crack slowly spreading round seat tube (still riding tho!)
2003 Blur – clean through seat tube. One of the dodgy weld batch. 2006 Blur XC as replacement – had to pay for swingarm tho 🙁 – still, kudos to Jungle for sorting me out as it was just out of warranty.
Must be something about my riding style that busts seat tubes?!?!Posted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Broke my Hemlock at the chainstays… Known issue of course so I wasn’t that surprised, especially considering the use the bike gets put to… what did surprise me was that Cotic couriered me a free set of the upgraded chainstays, even though I told them I’m the second owner so no warranty. Had it built back up 3 days after it broke. Never has a broken frame made a man so happyPosted 6 years agojonnyrobertsonSubscriber
Whyte PRST-1 in 2003. The disc bake calipers were mounted onto cheap cast plates which attached to the frame and forks. Riding down a single track road braked to move out of he road of a wee 7.5 ton tipper. Bridging plate on front forks failed jamming caliper into the wheel, snapping it clean off just above the caliper and folding then snapping away to the right closer to the headtube on the right hand fork leg. Proper face plant! Nice bloke in the tipper stuck the bike on the back and took me home. ATB were gonna replace the forks but Chris at J.E James in Sheffield where i bought the bike said to them “you wanna see the state of his face, I think you might want to make some kind of goodwill gesture”. Few weeks later they’d put all the parts off the PRST-1 onto a PRST-4 which is still going strong. Luckily that’s all that’s screwed up on me…Posted 6 years ago
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