Okay, I was riding my 2005 Fisher HKEK last week. I stopped to enjoy the scenery for a second. I threw a leg over her again and gave it two good pedal strokes and all of the sudden...my seat cocked backward.
I hopped off the bike (thinking that my binder bolt was loose) and got out my multi tool. I looked at it with tool in hand and noticed that the seat tube was cracked and bent backward about 45 degrees!
My seatpost is always at least 1" below the minimum insertion mark just to be on the safe side. On the 2005 Fisher HKEK, the seat tube sticks above the top tube / seat tube junction about 2 inches or more. My seatpost was inserted to slightly below the bottom of the top tube. ( I measured ) The seat tube broke off at a 45 degree angle.
Gary Fisher hardtail frames have a lifetime warranty against defects. I took my bike to the shop and just let her sit. I have been riding my Dakar XLT Porker on my normal climbing trails.
My first thought was that they would give me guff because they'd think my post wasn't inserted enough. Then I figured they'd send me a 21" frame so my post wouldn't stick out quite so far. Then I thought they'd send me a "Biggun's" hardtail frame that is tougher and much heavier.
All of these were not going to be too acceptible to me. So I just sat and waited for a response.
I just talked to my LBS and they said that Gary would be sending me a new ZR9000 hardtail frame like the one I had, but they don't have that color anymore. I get to pick from a bunch of colors and either black or white lettering.
Wooha!!! I'm stoked. I have always liked the '06 Excaliber metallic orange, and I love the orange Fisher Ferrous steel frame this yr.
I decided to go with metallic orange with black Fisher logo's. (X-cal orange / Ferrous black)
I'll post pic's when she's gets here and I put her back together.
Okay, I don't think Gary Fisher is God BTW. I just feel blessed to get a custom colored frame.