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Old 04-21-08, 04:53 PM
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Iron Horse frame broke today

I have a circa '99 Iron Horse ARS 2.0 and the right chainstay broke right behind the cross member that sits behind the bottom bracket. I felt the back end swaying, saw the tire wobbling like it was out of true, and got off the bike and saw that the chainstay had broken right off. I limped it home and contacted an Iron Horse dealer and they will contact the company.

So the question is, will the company do anything for such an old bike and/or is this fixable? I'm thinking it's junk but I want to make sure. The bike is old but I really like it. It climbs like there's no tomorrow and I have mostly all new components on it. Any advice appreciated.
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Old 04-21-08, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by dougp4158 View Post
I have a circa '99 Iron Horse ARS 2.0 and the right chainstay broke right behind the cross member that sits behind the bottom bracket. I felt the back end swaying, saw the tire wobbling like it was out of true, and got off the bike and saw that the chainstay had broken right off. I limped it home and contacted an Iron Horse dealer and they will contact the company.

So the question is, will the company do anything for such an old bike and/or is this fixable? I'm thinking it's junk but I want to make sure. The bike is old but I really like it. It climbs like there's no tomorrow and I have mostly all new components on it. Any advice appreciated.
First, it is not fixable.

Second, look here. As per their warranty, it only covers the frame for 5 years, meaning that you're out of luck. You've got your money's worth for this frame, and it's time to move on.

However, this does not mean that it's useless contacting IH. They may have some sort of crash replacement program that will allow you to get a discount on some new IH frames, which you can than transfer some of your parts to (I'm saying some since chances are, not everything will fit).
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Old 04-21-08, 06:00 PM
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there are frame builders out there that would disagree with it being unfixable, it could be put in a frame jig and re-brazed or welded, depending on the material.
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Old 04-21-08, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by taos biker View Post
there are frame builders out there that would disagree with it being unfixable, it could be put in a frame jig and re-brazed or welded, depending on the material.
Noted, though the question of whether this procedure is worth it is another question all together.
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Old 04-21-08, 07:06 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I agree, even if it is fixable, it's probably not worth it. It was only a $400 bike when it was new and I bought it used, rode the hell out of it and here we are. I'll see what IH has to say, of course but here's the new wrinkle. I found a '99 Specialized M2 Stumpjumper frame that I could probably swap out most of my components to. The big questions are the steering tube/headset size, threaded or not and bottom bracket size. Everything else should be easy to swap. Any idea on the interchange on the headset and bottom bracket?
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Old 04-21-08, 07:32 PM
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yeah, worth it? you would have to like your bike, but I have done it to a hardtail I love and it is still letting me beat the crap out of it years later. I guess I hate to throw stuff away.
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Old 04-21-08, 07:46 PM
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duck-tape and liquid welder.
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