Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes: 08 Specialized Hardrock Comp Disc
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Looking at the design of the frame, it doesn't surprise me that it failed like that. The top, down, and seat tubes do not form a triangle, leaving a weak point in the middle of the seat tube to fail and allow the top and down tubes to fold together. Put the stress of the rear suspension directly on that weak point in the frame, and I'm not at all surprised it broke. It's a lousy design, regardless of materials. The longer seat tube shouldn't make much difference, unless maybe if you moved the seat way further to the rear (putting even more stress on that joint due to the extra weight on the rear suspension). Even then it would just have contributed to the main problem, which is the design of the frame.
EDIT: I just noticed that according to the picture it has a disc brake in the front and a V-Brake in the rear...
Last edited by T3hk1w1; 12-29-08 at 06:45 PM.