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Have you ever seen Cervelo carbon rear dropout break off?

Old 07-03-11, 12:29 PM
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Have you ever seen Cervelo carbon rear dropout break off?

My rear dropout broke off yesterday on my 2011 Cervelo R3 during a ride. It is now attached to my free standing derailleur. Has anyone see a failure like this before?


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That sucks.

Why I ride titanium now.
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It should still be under warranty.
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I take it your OK, but that is a total bummer. Never heard of this on a Cervelo although I have on a Orbea Orca and another Orbea the front fork splintered under a 200 lb. rider sprint.
I will stay away from Orbea
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It just broke like that? Yowza.
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Wow, that's a warranty new frame coming, I bet! Good thing you weren't hurt, right? Did the wheel fall off, or what?

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Wow. Tough. Never seen that one "yet", but it's not uncommon for Cervelos...
(but can you really trust another Cervelo after that one has failed you?)












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Originally Posted by 2ndGen
Wow. Tough. Never seen that one "yet", but it's not uncommon for Cervelos...
(but can you really trust another Cervelo after that one has failed you?)











Seriously dude?

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Originally Posted by nosaj
Seriously dude?
Seriously. I think the OP should reconsider getting on another Cervelo.
He might not be so lucky the next time it fails him (if it happens again).
I would do some research into the incidents of Cervelo carbon failures
(they are the most prominent bike on BustedCarbon.com ).

Edit: Specialized has the most fails/Cervelo comes in 2nd.

BTW: Cannondale EVO's are stronger than metal.

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If you're scared of the warranty replacement Cervelo going bad, I'll trade you bikes...
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OP, I wouldn't give much thought to a website where folks post pictures of their bikes that were damaged in unknown ways. Didn't come across a Cervélo in the first 4 pages anyway.

I hope their warranty takes care of you, which I'm sure they will. A lifetime warranty is a nice thing to have.
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Search Function on Broken Carbon:
https://www.bustedcarbon.com/search?q=cervelo

OP, consider your safety, please...
https://tinyurl.com/6cjbxje

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That's eye-opening. Car vs Cervelo and car wins? Hmmm... Rocket science.
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Sometimes bikes break, that wouldn't keep me from buying another one unless a brand has a history of issues with the reliability of their products. The other factor would be poor customer service when attempting to get a replacement for a bike under warranty. Seems pretty irrational to dismiss a brand just because something was defective, we wouldn't use a lot of products if we applied those standards to everything.
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Originally Posted by kenji666
That's eye-opening. Car vs Cervelo and car wins? Hmmm... Rocket science.
Don't interrupt 2ndGen's agenda.
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Originally Posted by 2ndGen
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BTW: Cannondale EVO's are stronger than metal.
quit it with the cannondale bandwagon thing please dear god.
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That sucks.

It's not like Cervelo is the only brand that makes carbon fiber bikes that fail though. Cervelo failures are just more prevalent because they sell way more bikes to competitive riders that punish their rides than most other manufacturers.

For those of you that are familiar with firearms, you've probably heard Glock pistols are rumored to "kaboom" (chamber failure) more than any other brand of handgun. It's only because they sell 1000x more firearms than any other manufacturer so the horror stories turn up more often. Then the internet just fuels the fire exponentially to the point where people are scared away from a great product. Just the way it is...
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Originally Posted by hodie21
That sucks.

Why I ride titanium now.
I've seen ti frames snap before as well.
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It all breaks kid.

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Pretty much any frame can fail under the wrong circumstances.

Though it does seem likely that this will be covered under warranty, stuff like this is why I have a rule not to buy a bike I can't afford to replace.
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Originally Posted by ThinLine
I take it your OK, but that is a total bummer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3y5lmtZ1Cw
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Originally Posted by 2ndGen
Seriously. I think the OP should reconsider getting on another Cervelo.
He might not be so lucky the next time it fails him (if it happens again).
I would do some research into the incidents of Cervelo carbon failures
(they are the most prominent bike on BustedCarbon.com ).

Edit: Specialized has the most fails/Cervelo comes in 2nd.
Any idea on what the failure % of Cervelo frames is relative to the competition or do you base all your decisions on anecdotal 'evidence'.

I suppose you'd never buy or drive a Toyota either. I've heard they're very dangerous.
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Originally Posted by ilovecycling
That sucks.

It's not like Cervelo is the only brand that makes carbon fiber bikes that fail though. Cervelo failures are just more prevalent because they sell way more bikes to competitive riders that punish their rides than most other manufacturers.

For those of you that are familiar with firearms, you've probably heard Glock pistols are rumored to "kaboom" (chamber failure) more than any other brand of handgun. It's only because they sell 1000x more firearms than any other manufacturer so the horror stories turn up more often. Then the internet just fuels the fire exponentially to the point where people are scared away from a great product. Just the way it is...
OT... Glocks are not designed with a fully supported chamber, it is a design flaw. Albeit, one that is only going to be exposed by a manufacturing defect with the ammunition, an extremely rare occurrence.
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The bike is only 3 months old and I had it serviced by a Cervelo dealer last Tuesday. I did a 2 hour spin Thursday, 1 hour spin Friday and was at 2.5 hours with a group hammering it out when I heard a horrendous noise. The wheel stayed on but I did end up bending up a brand new carbon aero rear wheel. The shop said they would file a claim with Cervelo but they were not confident that they would cover it. So I guess I will wait and see what they say.

I couldn't find anything on Google about this type of failure so assume it is not common. Has anyone seen this type of failure on any other brands of bikes?
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