Sometimes i wander into "the 41" (road forum). I seem to notice quite a bit of talk about frames cracking and breaking, as if it's a common thing.
Don't get me wrong, if i could afford it, I'd love to own some crabon. But having a stable of 20yo bikes with frames that are mechanically not much different from the day they left the factory, sometimes i can't help but giggle at spending thousands for what is essentially a disposable bike.
I do wonder though.. how much of it is the carbon, and how often would you read about people destroying steel/aluminum/whatever if it were also as popular? I suspect the average C&Ver doesnt push their bikes quite as hard here in C&V, though I'm sure that's not true for everyone