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RIP 2010 Moots PsychloX
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ChinookPass

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02/07/2016 11:49 AM
Vertical crack in the non-drive chainstay. Toasted her last night. She was a good bike. 5+ yrs and ~35k miles, most of them in the dark and in the rain. Not sure what did her in but I have some theories.
longslowdistance

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02/07/2016 12:20 PM
How good is the warranty?
Gonzo Cyclist

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02/07/2016 03:22 PM
Look into it, the warranty. When my buddy cracked the top tube on his Lynskey, he sent it in, and they replaced the tube, it was flawless, I imagine the Moots people can do the same with a chainstay, and they would want to find out why it failed also
ChinookPass

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02/08/2016 10:33 AM
I took it to the dealer immediately on Saturday. Should hear more today or tomorrow.

Frame failure is a huge turn-off for me and entirely the reason that I went with Ti. Of course a quick google of any frame manuf. and "crack" reveals the reality of today's bike frames.
Cosmic Kid

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02/08/2016 10:39 AM
Yeah, that should absolutely be fixable....and hopefully covered under warranty.

Now, if the goal is to justify a new bike purchase to Mrs. CP, don't show her this thread and say "Sorry honey....gotta get a new sled now."
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
ChinookPass

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02/08/2016 10:48 AM
Absolutely, CK. She was definitely the hardest hit by this catastrophe, cuz she knows where this could lead...
SideBySide

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02/08/2016 01:59 PM
Good luck! You have a backup bike, right?
Gonzo Cyclist

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02/08/2016 02:45 PM
from what I have seen, Ti tends to crack in certain areas, mostly the top tube, and one BB. I think it is because they are able to get the tubing very thin. But, you pay more for Ti, and I imagine a "Lifetime" warranty should be in there with the added cost. Still one of the best frame materials out there, that is for sure.
Yup, +1 on what CK said
ChinookPass

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02/08/2016 03:51 PM
Yeah today's spare is my summer bike since it's dry out, my other moots. Spare for rainy days until I get the frame back is a bianchi cx, a kludge as a true rain bike should be, zip tied plastic fenders, old ksyriums, and suicide canti brakes whose pads need to be replaced every 2 weeks.
smokey52

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02/09/2016 10:09 PM
I decide on winter road rides based on salt/ no salt, not dry/ wet. I change over to jogging/ trainer after the first salting of the winter and stay off of the roads until the first heavy rain after the last freeze of the end-winter start-spring transition. I have hopes of earlier rides this year since I saw a couple dozen robins hanging out in the front yard this week, but nothing is for sure.
KootnaMoots

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02/10/2016 08:54 AM
Yo Chinook, where is the crack, in the tubing or the weld. I have a 2002 Moots PsychloX and am looking for issues now.
Thnks
Jer
ChinookPass

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02/10/2016 10:40 AM
Crack is about an inch and half behind the bridge, (so about 3 inches or so behind the weld to the BB, vertical on the inside of the chainstay. The crack is full from bottom to top of the tube so I'm glad it didn't fail catastrophically. I have a pic but it's blurry. Might get another pic tonight. Frame is stripped bare except for one stubborn bolt holding the fender on. I'm going to have to drill out the bolt but didn't have time last night. I have to say, bare frames are scary light and it's a wonder that they don't all get cracks eventually.
ChinookPass

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02/11/2016 08:18 AM
The crack is right at the bridge behind the bb.
79pmooney

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02/11/2016 11:40 AM
Chinook, I have had chainstays fail there twice, It's really not a big issue. (Both of mine were right side which is far more common I believe.) First time it was my ancient Peugeot UO-8. Rode it as couple of flat miles home with the chainstay waving in the breeze. Second time was my Team Dumpster aka Jessica, another Peugeot, this time the ~$500 ~1989 Reynolds 501 sport model that had been hit hard buy an SUV (judging from the damage height). Fork trashed, TT dented, both chainstays pushed to the right. (I think the whole bike was pushed to the left and the wheels tried to stay put.)

I straightened the chainstays and was surprised how easy it was. After a couple of weeks of riding I noticed a crack like yours on the right side. 2/3s around. Then one on the left side, 1/3. I loved the frame and cared little about it's looks, so I reached into an old box of fiberglass and pulled out some CF unidirectional tape someone gave me. (I used to build fiberglass boats.) I did a wrap around the BB, chainstays and gusset between and back a couple of inches with the CF and wood epoxy I always have. Getting the stiff uni-directional to stay down wasn't happening, so I wrapped the whole thing with strips of inner tube. Epoxy gushed out. And what was left was a very professional looking wrap. And the stiffest 501 Peugeot BB on the planet.

Kid Wok on the old VeloNews forum took a few pictures of that bike and posted them there. I:ll see if I saved any. (Oh, that bike went on to do 8000 miles before I retired it. I trust the BB and chainstay repair completely. Less so the rest of the bike. And once I had Jessica J, its ti replacement, there was no reason to keep riding it.)

Ben
ChinookPass

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02/11/2016 03:14 PM
I'll let the folks in Steamboat have a look at it before I try any fiberglass, Ben! The bike I'm riding now is being held together with some jb weld. How many miles do you think you put on that after the repair?
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