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This week's stem and frame failures: Deda Newton & Ghisallo(4 posts)

This week's stem and frame failures: Deda Newton & GhisalloTig
Aug 18, 2002 5:06 PM
One friend broke the steerer tube clamp's lower Ti bolt on his Newton stem after hitting a bump Saturday. He is not an overly heavy rider, and the bolts were all recently re-torqued with a calibrated wrench at a really good LBS. Even within spec's, nothing is perfect.

Another friend has had his LS Ghisallo since November and cracked the right chain stay at the weld this last week. He weighs around 190, which might be pushing the rider weight limit a bit. LS shipped him a nice new Ultimate as a replacement.

Everyone likes to climb on a super light bike like the Ghisallo, but not too many like to decend on one! The moral of these failures might be that there is a difference between light and stupid-light. Stupid-light can lead to stupid accidents.
ho hum...Carbon fiber fanatik
Aug 18, 2002 5:11 PM
The Ghisallo is nice. I picked up a bare frame at an LBS. Though it's cutsey, it's not for me. I wish they still made the "Liege" (sp)...
Your Feelings on a 2002 Fuji TeamRLinNH
Aug 18, 2002 7:14 PM
Would you call a Fuji Team Stupid Light?
No direct experienceTig
Aug 19, 2002 6:08 AM
No indirect experience either. At least it is spec'ed with reliable stuff like the Ritchey WCS stem and bars, etc. Having never ridden one, or at least not knowing a reliable friend who has one, keeps me from commenting on the Fuji Team. I have yet to hear any problems with them though.

I think we are learning that when a bike or wheel set has a rider weight limit, it should raise a red flag in our minds. This also goes for light riders like myself. It doesn't mean automatic weakness or failure, but don't expect too much from it either. Besides, what good is a super-light bike if it breaks way out on the road, leaving you stranded?! I'll give up a few grams here or there to have something I can count on every ride for years. I LOVE light bikes, but won't sacrifice too much durability.