Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - Breaking a Frame
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Has anyone broken a cyclocross frame? If so where did the frame actually break?
03-30-08, 08:02 AM
That's a tricky question, because the answers are "yes" and "any number of locations." Cyclocross frames aren't magic - they're just like any other bike frame and can break for numerous reasons, either because of specific crash damage, a flaw in manufacturing or both. They're normally a bit tougher than your average road bike but not as tough as your average mountain bike. You've got to consider the riding conditions though and really dozens of other factors. This isn't something that you can make a broad generalization about other than "every frame can break."
The only frames I have seen break have been Red lines. All had broken at the bottom bracket. 2 of them had snapped the weld at the seat tube and 3 had broken at the chain stay. I am pretty sure that they have beefed up this area with the last 2 years. And all were lower end models, that had been ridden pretty hard.
Now that said I am not bashing Red Line bikes, I know a good number of people who ride them and love them.
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