Hi all. I just saw this pic of the 2004 Specialized rockhopper frame. I have the 2003 one and i heard some stories for the 2002 model that the seatstay collapsed under heavy disc brake loads. It was said that this was refined in 2003 by adding an extended weld that run up the seatstay for about 20mm from the discbrake mount. However i came up to this pic that shows a new reinforcing brace between the chain-seatstays for the disc brake mount. Is that needed to reinforce a possibly lighter seatstay for 2004 or this means that the 2003 model has problems and that i might see my seatstay cracked? Here is the pic.
Any feedback will be wellcome plz. ALso what are the chances to get a 2004 frame as a replacement if the 2003 design is indeed flawed and an extra brace was needed?
By the way here is a link with most of specialized 2004 lineup.