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    Specialized Crosstrail seatpost tube snapped off!

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    Any suggestion for a cheap fix? Bike is otherwise in great shape... Am thinking to buy an extra long aluminum tube same diameter as seatpost and weld into place..(Already tried a weld once, failed, and I am aware of the challenges of aluminum welding and the expensive heat treatment route, which I am trying to avoid, though it may no longer be viable anyway) Would greatly appreciate workable solution as am somewhat heartbroken..and without large budget...

    Thanks in advance

    Steveinnyc
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    I think most will say that the frame is broken beyond reasonable repair and it's time to move on. I suppose you could try to adhere a longer post in what's remaining of the ST. Epoxy or LockTite? Really just move on.

    BTW it looks like a classic example of the seat post not being inserted deep enough into the ST. Can you fill us in on the situation? Andy.

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    Thanks!

    Andy thanks for helping me get through the stages of grief.. Probably right about the seat tube as I am tall. Using a trailer hitch on post also probably contributed. I loaded it pretty heavily a few times.. Haven't done anything yet, am trying to figure out most economical way to salvage everything but the frame...

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    Steve- the most economical way to recycle the parts is to remove them from the frame using tools and methods that don't harm the parts. Them you can go through each part and clean, inspect and lube as needed for any future use they are right for. If you've never done this before you can get a lot of mechanical advice/instructions on line (Park Tool or the Sheldon brown sites are good starts). I also suggest taking photos of the before and during removal process. Andy.

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    Andrew is right on in my book.
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    +1 on transferring the parts to another frame. Repairing that, and the necessary heat treat, which would ruin the paint, will cost more than a new, complete bike of similar quality. Sounds like you need a bigger size anyway.
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    Original owner and have the Receipt?

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    Don't have receipt.... But have already asked specialized to give me a new frame they declined....

    thanks everyone one for your kind help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveinnyc View Post
    ...But have already asked specialized to give me a new frame they declined...
    Just be glad they didn't sue you, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveinnyc View Post

    Any suggestion for a cheap fix? Bike is otherwise in great shape... Am thinking to buy an extra long aluminum tube same diameter as seatpost and weld into place..(Already tried a weld once, failed, and I am aware of the challenges of aluminum welding and the expensive heat treatment route, which I am trying to avoid, though it may no longer be viable anyway) Would greatly appreciate workable solution as am somewhat heartbroken..and without large budget...

    Thanks in advance

    Steveinnyc
    Steve -

    First; For sure the frame is a recycle bin candiate...but be sure to cut it into 2 or 3 pieces so some kid doesn't pull it out and try to ride it. That would be a good way to get sued by an angry parent.

    2nd; Really, really long aluminum seat posts start at about $11 on Amazon. I think the last one I bought was about 18 or 20 inches long (I wanted that because my last build was an AL frame and I didn't want to break off the seat tube 2 years down the road). Even with that, getting the next frame in a size closer to your body size would be great idea. Even with that I don't recommend those seat post mounted baggage rack things (at all and especially not on an AL frame -- understand that some swear by them; they can do as they please).

    Hope that helps

    /K

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