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Old 10-30-04, 01:39 AM   #1
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Trek Fuel frame breakages

Quick question, anyone know of people who have broken Fuel frames.
A mate of mine has just had his third (Fuel 90) frame replaced. The logical progression is does this affect all Trek products, i.e. Gary Fisher, Klein etc. I have a sugar 1 and no problems but I am not as agressive as `me filthy cobber`
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Old 10-30-04, 01:41 AM   #2
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Broken frames happen when people are too heavy or are doing stupid things. We've never had a problem when sending back a GF for a warrantee issue
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Old 11-01-04, 05:29 PM   #3
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The rider in question would be about 70kg (154lbs), and he does not do massive drops. Anyway, the Rolf Satellites (rims) should have gone before the frame if he was doing big drops. I think its a frame design/build quality issue
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Well what style of riding is he doing? Maybe its not that type of bike. Ex. downhill on an XC bike is not the smartest idea. Maybe he should not keep replacing it with the same frame instead get a new one of a diffrent style.
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A mate of mine has just had his third (Fuel 90) frame replaced.
Well, if it's his third frame, logic would suggest that HE is the problem, and not the frames.
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A fair bit of the guys riding is commuting to work (18x5=) 90km/week. I have heard that road riding is pretty hard on bikes, and presumably frames, which could be due to sharper bumps or something.

He is meticulous with maintenance and keeping the bike clean and always dries it off after riding home in the rain, much better than me! We ride the same single tracks around Melbourne, Aust., and Melbourne is pretty flat to boot. I am about 10kg heavier, he is on a Trek, I ride a Gary Fisher Sugar 1 and the bikes rear triangles look pretty much identical.

The reason for getting the same bike/frame is that that is all Trek will supply (pretty obvious I guess). Re-sale value would also be s--t so upgrading would cost, and other than the breakages, the bike is good, climbs well, fast and agile.

I was just wondering if the frames are prone to breakages in general, or road riding on rock hard tyres is a good way to f**k a bike.

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I was just wondering if the frames are prone to breakages in general, or road riding on rock hard tyres is a good way to f**k a bike.

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I wouldn't think that riding a full suspension mountain bike on the road would lead to frame failure, they are designed to ride on surfaces much tougher (as in jarring, I know pavement is harder than dirt) than pavement. Frames shouldn't fail if ridden as designed and not overly abused. Strange problem, I have not heard of Trek Fuel frame problems, and 70kg isn't that much.
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I have heard of numerous cases of fuels breaking. Id say its not your friend, but a design issue with Trek. People will defend them until they day they die, but the fact is, Fuels break more than once in a while.
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They break alot, I can't wait to see the carnage now that Trek upped the travel in them.
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Thanks for the replies.

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remind me to NEVER get on a fuel then. LoL 70kg guys are breaking them, uh ohhhhhhh
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