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Cracked seat tube on new bike, move-in day bummer.

Old 08-22-11, 11:04 PM
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Cracked seat tube on new bike, move-in day bummer.


First day back at college, happy with my new room and move in, and I spotted this as I was sitting on my bed. Now I'm going to lose sleep over it. Bike is a month old and I worked all summer for it, quite the bummer. I've only used a torque wrench on it at 4 Nm and the carbon seat post is perfect.

Calling tomorrow morning to see if/how it can be warrantied, 2.5 hours away from my bike shop.

I'm tempted to keep riding it. I weigh 135 and had 2 50 mile rides planned this weekend. Should I let this hold me back? Is it something I shouldn't worry about for now or is it suicidal?
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Old 08-22-11, 11:15 PM
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Looks like it should be warrantiable... don't ride it in the meantime though, as this will almost certainly void any warranty. You shouldn't have to go see the dealer you bought it from though, just find a dealer close to your school. Probably a relatively simple fix as well if the claim is denied for some reason.

And yes, you are crazy to keep riding that. No, you probably wont die... but you have a somewhat inconvenient situation now which would probably become a very inconvenient and very expensive situation if you try to ride it.
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Old 08-22-11, 11:15 PM
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I don't see a crack.
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Old 08-22-11, 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by danvuquoc View Post
I don't see a crack.
It didn't crack through the paint, but that's what's causing it to pop up like that, took out the seat post and felt the inside and it's just barely there.
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Old 08-22-11, 11:29 PM
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Not sure that I see a crack either - maybe a gob of paint??

Your seat clamp looks like it might be on back to front though - the bolt should be around the other side from the slit at the back of the seat tube.

Edit: just saw your repy. Bummer.
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Old 08-22-11, 11:49 PM
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Old 08-23-11, 02:57 AM
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Life can suck -feel sorry for ya chap.What frame is it,surely it shouldn't crack that easily unless it's a carbon fame j/k,but seriously,If it broke at 4nm def send it back
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Old 08-23-11, 07:55 AM
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Sorry to hear that! I hope it gets resolved quickly. What brand of bike is it?
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Can't really tell from the photo... next summer, save up for a decent camera! Haw haw!

Agree with post #2 -- it's either nothing or it's a warranty issue, so stay off of it until you get it resolved.
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Old 08-23-11, 12:25 PM
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What kind of bike is it?
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Old 08-23-11, 01:52 PM
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Dang.. hope it works out.
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I think its a Scattante.
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Probably is not a crack, w/o taking the paint off there is no way to know. Looks like one but i would take the paint off 1st to be sure. If you got the bike new call the store and let them know. Warranty.
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Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
Your seat clamp looks like it might be on back to front though - the bolt should be around the other side from the slit at the back of the seat tube.
Wait, I thought the bolt is supposed to be on the same side as the slit, i.e. the back of the seat tube. That's how mine came, and how it appears to me in the picture. It appears off-center, but on the right side.
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Old 08-23-11, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Brew1 View Post
I think its a Scattante.
Ding ding ding.
It's a Scattante Elite. I worked for a new Performance store this summer and saved up for that bike and lots of other stuff. (spent all my money back on bike things...)
I called my store manager in the morning and they have one of those in my size on the floor, so that'll be my replacement. Sending the bike back to my shop and getting the new one back here will be a pain, but luckily it happened the day I moved in so my parents were able to take it back with them.
I'm guessing there was a weak point there for some reason, and I didn't have the seat clamp positioned optimally. Who knows why it cracked, working at the shop I adjusted and tightened a hundred seat posts and this time I was using a torque wrench nonetheless.
Paint I didn't take off because I could see the lip of the crack on the inside using a flashlight and felt it with my finger.

Oh well, employee and customer there, marking it up to warranty and 100% satisfaction guarantee shouldn't be a problem, especially since I bought it 34 days ago. I'll let you guys know how it goes.
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Originally Posted by tadawdy View Post
Wait, I thought the bolt is supposed to be on the same side as the slit, i.e. the back of the seat tube. That's how mine came, and how it appears to me in the picture. It appears off-center, but on the right side.
Your understanding is the same as mine. I.e. with the bolt positioned on the back side with the slit like this:

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The good news is that while your bike is traveling back and forth to the bike shop at home there's less chance it will get stolen out of your dorm room.
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