Snapped fork steerer – anyone ever seen this happen?
😯 That is odd.
I would have though that overtightened bolts would cause a clean shear, not the shape of the the break shown (but that’s guesswork on my part)
Possible that weather had something to do with it? Maybe some water got in there, froze, and caused extra pressure?Posted 5 years agoparkedtigerMember
Did the same a couple of years ago coming off Blencathra:
Apologies – it’s not too clear an image, but the steerer broke just above the star fangled nut in a very similar fashion to the OPs. Forks were 140 Bombers, about five years old; no other signs of damage from the SFN and the stem bolts weren’t overtightened.Posted 5 years agoPacemanSubscriber
This happened to my riding buddy a few months ago (Darkcyan on the forum). The steerer on his Fox Talas forks snapped in the same place with a very similar looking tube breakage. Incidentally he was also using a Chris King headset although there was no evidence that it had casued any damage or scoring to the steerer tube. Since the tube was now too short to use with his frame he had to send the forks back to Mojo to have the whole fork uppers replaced; they come as one unit steerer, crown and stantions. I don’t think this was mega-expensive and was far more economical than replacing the forks, especially as they serviced them at the same time. The breakage occured landing a small log jump but certainly nothing that should cause a steerer failure. More importantly he wasn’t injured!Posted 5 years agogiantx4Member
Yep i had exactly to same mate!….Posted 5 years ago
Christ knows how….was your mate using a headlock bolt through thingy instead of star fangled type topcap????…. if stearer was a tad too long the headlock would effectively squash headtube when tightening the capbolt,thus cracking headtube….thats the theory i came up with re mine anyway……i cut damage off stearer & sold fork as was perfect after damaged part removed from steerer,& bought nother pairv forks with longer steerer….what a pisser it was!…. new years eve 2 yr ago i discover it..ARRGGGHHHHH!michaelbowdenSubscriber
ti_pin_man – Member
you were lucky. My alu steerer tube snapped 100mm up from the fork crown within the headtube, I have a false tooth and about 48 stitches because of this, about 25 inside my mouth and the rest on my face. Plus a hatred of a certain fork manufacturer.
^^^^^^ OUCH!Posted 5 years ago
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