Seriously, three frames in one year. I should be paid to test the durability of frames. I’m stunned. And this one didn’t last but maybe 10 rides.
The Top Fuel bit it today. Not a mile into the Tidewater MTB Challenge course I was suddenly having wierd shifting issues when I tried to climb. Mike from East Coast Bikes was riding right behind me. He adjusted the rear derailleur. It happened again. He adjusted the front derailleur. It happened again. I looked down and saw some wierd flex in the cranks. He looked and said “Dude, it’s cracked.” All around the bottom bracket shell the red coat was cracking and carbon fiber splintering. Thankfully he’s my dealer and saw it fail and Trek will warranty the frame.
I don’t know what the deal is. I cracked my old Schwinn road frame at the bottom bracket last November. In May, I cracked the K2 MTB at the rear shock attachment. Those were both older bikes. But this one was brand new, never crashed. I have no idea why it failed. Too bad though, I really liked how it rode.
Kevin says there’s nothing easy about how I ride. I sort of plow through the woods rather than finessing things. I admit it. I’m tough on my bikes. But I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary to this frame. Today, I was out rolling a first lap easy, trying to get a feel for what is a rooty trail. Instead I found my self hiking for the second Sunday in a row.