Death of Tallboy

Whenever you have to saw in half the frame of a $3000 bike, you die a little. Indeed, I never thought I would see the day when anyone would commit such a crime. However, in light of the situation at hand, it was a necessary evil.

Whenever a carbon frame develops any sort of defect or crack, it must be destroyed if being sent in for warranty replacement. Often, the bike company, in this case Santa Cruz, will request that the bottom bracket shell be sawn out of the frame for return. This is to ensure that the manufacturer gets proof of the serial number being exchanged for warranty. It is also to ensure that the damaged or defective frame doesn’t get rebuilt into another bicycle. If that were the case, a catastrophic failure can occur, injuring or even killing the rider. So we had to sacrifice the carbon for the greater good of the mountain biking community.

What is done with the rest? Do you have any suggestions? Let us know!



3 thoughts on “Death of Tallboy

  1. Ouch! One of our staff members ended up with a crack in one of the chain stays on a carbon fiber road frame. Apparently there was no warranty on the frame, and told me he found some one to repair the cracked stay. I told him I didn’t think carbon fiber frames could be repaired and then be considered safe, but he was led to believe the technology for repairing carbon fiber frames had been perfected. The frame in this blog was sawed in half for warranty purposes, if a carbon frame is out of warranty, can it be repaired and considered safe?

    • I guess it depends on where the crack or failure is on the frame. Certainly, all portions of a bicycle frame are considered load bearing. Also, on any carbon bike, flex is greater around the BB shell and the stays. But even if the crack is on the top tube, theres just sonething about it that i cant trust. I would think that the cost of a repair is not worth injury or death. Save up and get a new frame.

      • He bought a whole new bike after the stay cracked. But he still had the cracked frame repaired and is riding it again. I don’t get it, and agree it’s not worth the risk.

        I have a friend who about got killed when his carbon fork failed — the resulting crash broke his frame. After he recovered and decided he wanted to start riding again, I sold him my Dean titanium bike with a straight-blade steel fork. He’s feeling quite secure now;)

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