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Old 06-11-05, 03:37 PM   #1
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bending axles

Well I bent the axle on my Suzue ProMax the other day I guess. Has anyone else done this? I nailed a pot hole which managed to pop my chain off and I put it back on and thought that was the last of it. WRONG! took my wheel off and there is a noticeable bend and the cups had somehow been tightened down ridiculously hard. I don't really get how just hitting one pothole would have bent my axle, I'm not that heavy, 140 lbs. But I didn't see the pothole as I was more worried about the car to my left with it's right turn signal on, so all my weight was on it.

Bah, I'm just rather frustrated that this would happen, I would have thought that the wheel would have come much more out of true rather than bending the axle, maybe that's the sign of a good build....
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Old 06-11-05, 04:17 PM   #2
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Well I bent the axle on my Suzue ProMax the other day I guess. Has anyone else done this? I nailed a pot hole which managed to pop my chain off and I put it back on and thought that was the last of it. WRONG! took my wheel off and there is a noticeable bend and the cups had somehow been tightened down ridiculously hard. I don't really get how just hitting one pothole would have bent my axle, I'm not that heavy, 140 lbs. But I didn't see the pothole as I was more worried about the car to my left with it's right turn signal on, so all my weight was on it.

Bah, I'm just rather frustrated that this would happen, I would have thought that the wheel would have come much more out of true rather than bending the axle, maybe that's the sign of a good build....
The good news is that a new axle should be cheaper that a new rim.
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