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Old 09-15-10, 12:22 PM   #1
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broken fork

the fork on my road bike snapped today causing quite a nasty fall.
just wondering are the manufacturers likely to provide a new 1 under warranty?
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Old 09-15-10, 12:33 PM   #2
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Did this break on a smooth surface? Brand of Bike? Fork? What were the conditions? Did you hit anything or did it break on a smooth surface?
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Old 09-15-10, 12:36 PM   #3
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hit nothing, smooth surface, carbon fork,
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New bike? Yes? call the Dealer you bought it from.

Consider a steel fork ?
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Old 09-15-10, 12:51 PM   #5
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Is it the original fork on the bike? If it is, you might have a chance in trying to get a warranty repalcement, depending how old the bike is. The big companies would rather fix the problem like this with the owner ASAP to avoid litigation and exposure. If it's one of those China made, no-name forks being sold out there for 35 bucks, it might be very hard to get a replacement or compensation, As I think a lot of those could be shadey back door deals at factories that supply the big bike comapnies.

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Old 09-15-10, 12:53 PM   #6
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yes... less than four months... wheels are pretty screwed up too.... not to mention my arm...
so you reckon getting a few parts under warranty should be no problem?
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Old 09-15-10, 12:59 PM   #7
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I would think (hope) that shouldn't be much of a problem...
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More fodder for Grant's rant
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Got it 3 and a bit months ago...
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Take all back to the Dealer .. the bandaged wounds may get quick attention , since you can show what happened ..
personal injury lawyers live for wounded consumers.
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Sorry for you injuries, I glad you're not in worse shape. What brand/model of bike? Any pictures?
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What kind of bike and fork? Where did you buy it? That can make a difference of course
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Why? I'm sure that for every broken carbon fork there is at least one broken steel one
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Why? I'm sure that for every broken carbon fork there is at least one broken steel one
Uhmmm....steel forks usually don't break (unless the brazing job was done really bad) or "blow up" like CF forks someimes do in accidents.........they just kinda bend......

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the fork on my road bike snapped today causing quite a nasty fall.
just wondering are the manufacturers likely to provide a new 1 under warranty?
I don't understand why you would ask - just go to the dealer and ask for a warranty replacement. Our opinion on whether the manufacturer is "likely" to replace it is irrelevant.
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We need footnoted data behind these opinions.. CPSC and so forth.
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...Our opinion...is irrelevant.
Speak for yourself, my opinion is highly relevant
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If you're a really big guy, you could even consider a different fork entirely, especially a beefy tandem fork. However, they're usually disk, so that may limit your options.
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Steel rules.
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Uhmmm....steel forks usually don't break
I don't know about "usually", but I've handled at least three where the steerer has failed, one that snapped off right below the threads, two which broke about 1/3 up from the crown race.
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