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Damaged ORBEA frame


IvanHoll
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Sorry, will remember next time to post tech QA under this section...

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I recently started hearing a small cracking noise comming from my crank.  The last 2 weeks, the noise became all the more irrititating.  After close inspection, I noticed a hairline crack on the crank (BB).  Does anybody know whether this can be fixed or will have to buy a new frame.  I know Orbea has got a lifetime warantee on their frames, but do they cater for our terrible roads in South Africa?
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I can't figure out where the crack is. It is certainly not on the crank or BB - chainstay perhaps? Anyway, your frame is kaput. Get a new one.

 

Our roads are not a contributing factor to frame cracks.

the odd bump you experience is nothing to the frame. You'll bend your rims long before any damage is done to a frame and how many rims do you bend?

 

Frame cracks come from fatigue, manufacturing faults and the fact that frames and other bike components are essentially disposable items, thanks to the very powerful trend of ultra lightweight stuff everywhere.

 

When you bought that bike you didn't ask how strong it was, you asked how light it was. Right?

 

 
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Do orbeas have a lifetime warrantee? But I guess you have to be the original owner right? (sorry for the mini- hijack)

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Managed to get hold of the distributer in SA (Planet Cycles - Booysens)  Yes, Orbea has got a lifetime warantee on their frames.  I mailed some pics as well as the original invoice (those invoices sometimes comes in handy) which they will forward to Orbea (Spain).  They will then analyse and if found to be "fatigue" - replace! Hold thumbs....  According to Planet Cycles, it can also be repaired! 

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