BVC-CHAT Rear Derailleur Hanger
fnerks1 at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 13 15:46:35 CDT 2007
I'm sorry to hear about the accident Josh!
I read of a story in a bikelog of a similar derailler
hanger break. It happened at 3500 miles as well but on
a Specialized Stumpjumper. I remember the guy wrote
that it put his derailleur into his spokes breaking
one, but he wasn't going to fast and didn't go down. I
suspect that the hanger flexes slightly during
shifting, causing metal fatigue over time. Shifting
one gear at a time without hammering it might help
them last, but I would expect better quality on a good
road bike. The quality of the alloy be at issue. There
are metals which should hold up for that many miles
and more without failing. In my opinion, this problem
should certainly be taken up with the manufacturer.
In hindsight, I recommend any time that a shifting
problem comes on like that, check it out immediately.
--- Josh Benn <Josh at HLE.com> wrote:
> Good afternoon!
> I had a bit of a tumble last night when my rear
> derailleur hangar
> sheared in half causing my derailler and chain to
> get caught up in my
> spokes and slamming me to the ground. After a
> couple of cuts, a chipped
> tooth, some nice road rash, a VERY sore shoulder, a
> good size swelling
> on my head, a trip to the ER, x-rays, a CT scan, and
> a couple of
> vicoden, im up and moving.
> However, my bike isn't in the best looking shape.
> I'm wondering if I
> should complain to Orbea of if that is something
> that "just happens."
> The bike is 2 years old and only has about 3,500
> miles on it. There was
> no warning other than, looking back on it, the bike
> wasn't shifting
> properly for a few miles before it happened. Anyone
> ever have this
> happen before?
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