I absolutely love my Cannondale Scalpel! It’s what I consider my first “real” mountain bike. Full suspension – awesome Lefty fork – and a sexy schoolbus yellow (it really was an awesome color – guess I should have picked a sexier model to use as the
That Scalpel has been my “go-to” bike since I’ve had it (which is well over 10 years). A few years later – when the group started the cycle-of-upgrades – I purchased a Specialized Stumpjumper. The Stumpjumper is a great bike; however, I never liked it as much as my Scalpel. I’d keep finding reasons to pull out the Scalpel when we went for a ride – that’s true bike love.
Well, after years of riding, the frame on that bike cracked. I didn’t realize it until I took it in for service at my favorite bike shop. The mechanic noticed it and I had to get it fixed (or risk a catastrophic break in the middle of a ride – and, by break, I mean both the bike AND some part of my body).
Cannondale stepped up to the plate and offered me a complete replacement of the frame. The bonus: they had no more of the original frame style, so they sent a full carbon frame. Oooooooh! It was sweet (though I do admit it was a bit sad saying goodbye to the sexy schoolbus frame)!
It took a little bit of warming up to it – but I grew to love the new lighter frame. It has a sexy cop-car black-and-white finish (again, I need to come up with better models of sexy colors). I found every opportunity to take this new and improved Scalpel out on my rides. It was essentially a brand new bike – no need to upgrade for quite some time.
This past weekend, the bike was skipping all over the place when I was pedaling along on relatively flat surfaces. The rest of the group had to hear me make Yeti-like noises every time it skipped. I’m sure they were quite sick of hearing the grunts by the end of the ride. I knew it was time to take my bike in for its annual pre-Spring service. At the end of the ride, I was going to take the bike to the shop immediately. I thought I should clean the bike before taking it in, though (and my post-ride stinkiness probably wouldn’t have been appreciated either).
Today, I took the time to clean up my bike to prepare to take it in for service – when I spotted a crack in the rear part of the frame. Now this cracked section was very easy for me to flex with my bare hands. I know it’s ready to break completely in two at any time. Will be taking the cleaner bike into the Cannondale dealer to have them look at it. Cannondale, I believe, has a lifetime warranty on their bikes (that’s how the last frame was replaced). Hopefully, I don’t need to go that far (and have a
courtship with a new frame/bike – maybe in a sexy garbage truck green color).
I also hope that I don’t get tagged as a serial frame breaker and get blacklisted. We do some pretty intense riding – not dropping off cliff riding, just a lot of roots and rocks. When a lot of my non-riding friends hear I go mountain biking, they envision me out on the rails-to-trails. That’s not quite what we’re doing. Maybe that’s the reason we have so many once-and-doners with folks decide to join us for a ride (will need to post about that in the future).
Will report in when we see where this goes.
How has your bike company responded when you had a cracked frame?