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Frame Fatigue/Life??(3 posts)

Frame Fatigue/Life??JBergland
Jul 8, 2002 9:57 AM
I have a teammate that has 'heard' that aluminum frames should be replaced every 2-3 years. He says that the stresses put on a frame from racing really weaken the whole frame and can cause catastrophic failure. I have yet to inquire WHERE he got this information, but what do you think?? I've NEVER heard of a frame getting so worn-out that it failed. Also, might this advice be coming from someone who gets a new sponsor-paid-for-frame every year?? I know of very few serious racers that get a new frame very often unless it's free or such a good deal they can't say no.

What do you think??
Polish that story and then tell it to the wife.Spoke Wrench
Jul 8, 2002 10:02 AM
I've never had a frame that didn't last way longer than I wanted it to. About every 2 to 3 years I'd kinda like to get a new frame just because.
BooooogusKerry
Jul 8, 2002 5:35 PM
There is no way to predict frame life - far too many variables. Your weight, the frame itself, riding conditions, etc. 2-3 years might make sense for a heavier rider on a super-light frame that gets lots of miles in a year. But something like a Cannondale will probably outlast your interest in it. It's lots of fun to make statements like "Al frames last 2 years" but it's not based on any reality.