Pinkbike Poll: Who's Breaking Bikes These Days?

Jun 21, 2019
by Richard Cunningham  
Rode hard but still a circle. It was time to get to work.
Wheels and tires top the list of components most likely to die in combat.


What have you broken this season? My score is zero. Not even a flat tire, but that's me. I started thinking about this poll after a buddy of mine cracked a rim last week. It was carbon. The impact sounded bad, but the break was far from catastrophic. His Stan's sealant glued it shut and he was able to ride it out with us. I'd say that bikes are crazy reliable these days, and I believe that most riders would agree. Each time we post a review, however, a number of testimonials pop up about similar items commenters have bent, broken or otherwise pushed to failure.

People crash, parts break - that's a fact every mountain biker must face. It's also a fact that some riders break almost everything they touch (you can feel the earth shake when they bang down the trail), while others, regardless of speed or intensity, rarely do damage to their steeds. Where do you stand between those extremes? What have you broken this season so far?


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bigquotesIt's also a fact that some riders break almost everything they touch. You can feel the earth shake when they bang down the trail.


Are you a breaker or a bruiser?


What have you broken this season?

Broken = cracked, bent, severed, or damaged beyond repair. Click all boxes that apply.







307 Comments

  • + 457
 I broke my wallet
  • + 99
 Get an aluminum one. Those leather ones explode on impact.
  • + 16
 At least you still have your bike
  • + 26
 I broke my ego
  • + 9
 @MTBrent: I know you're making a joke but I've had an aluminum wallet made by Secrid for about 6 months now and don't ever plan on going back to leather
  • + 15
 I said I rarely broke anything on the first pill and the proceeded to tick off almost everything on the 2nd list. Thanks, concussions.
  • + 1
 Go velcro. Indestructible
  • + 6
 @MikeAzBS. That was ???? I broke my heart.......well some cute mtn biker girl did but I had a hand in it.
  • + 1
 @scary1: you got that second hand CTE bruh..
  • + 10
 Looking forward to "have you spent more on bike repairs or medical bills?"
  • + 19
 @boozed: I'd rather see "have you spent more on parts you needed or parts you wanted?"
  • + 2
 @RGonz: my brain just rebounded
  • + 5
 Funny that 5 out of my 8 failures were Raceface products. Not a single replacement either. They need to collab with Sick. Fucking clowns.
  • + 1
 Check out Rivet & Chain wallets.
  • + 3
 @scary1: I also had to change my original answer after listing what I actually broke.
  • + 2
 @MTBrent: Duct tape wallet for the win!
  • + 10
 @Longman2012: duct tape can fix everything except for stupidity, but it can silence it
  • + 92
 I fell soo hard my ass has a crack in it now.
  • + 54
 Your lucky, mine has a hole in it!
  • + 73
 Who are the 5 people that broke their stem?
  • + 14
 hahaha if you run 100mm stems, they may break
  • + 146
 The 5 people who bought them from AliExpress
  • + 22
 Probably the same people that overtighten on carbon bars then moan they snapped at a guess
  • - 4
flag Pavel-Repak (Jun 21, 2019 at 12:43) (Below Threshold)
 I ordered a 120mm stem from eBay for $10 to see how a longer reach would feel and didn't feel like swapping back to my old bars(brake lever bolt was almost stripped) so I ordered a $5 stem from eBay for 25.4 bars. I wisely decided against putting it on the bike and went to my old bars and stem.
  • + 4
 I broke the front part of my RaceFace turbine 35mm stem 2 years ago after a pretty heavy crash. I guess nothing is crash proof...
  • + 6
 Probably Incredible Hulk'd the stem bolts. Over torqued.
  • + 9
 @laurencedube: I've seen a few cracked face plates on those RaceFace Turbine stems over the past few seasons.
  • + 17
 Hand up I snapped a Renthal Apex stem. Over torqued the steerer stem bolts, knew full well I was doing it but it was the only way the bars would stay straight. Stem was useless used to go off centre if you hit a turn hard enough. I now have a hope stem torqued up correctly with a torque wrench and zero issues
  • + 2
 Twisted one a few years ago after a crash, does happen believe it or not lol
  • + 3
 @bicycle019: discovered cracked cap and body near the bar too 2 years ago! Don't buy turbine stem guys! 70kg rider only trail to "light Enduro" riding and not over tighten bolts...
  • + 1
 Doesn't count fot the poll because it happened last year, but I managed to bent a direct mount dh stem, bar was perfect, the stem kinda twisted on itself a few degrees.
  • + 3
 Caught a tree a few years back and it cracked my renthal apex. The body not the two clamps. Still run them and no problems even though ive hit more trees.
  • + 2
 Crap, forgot about my broken stem. Make that 6 of us. People downvoted the guy above saying "don't buy a Turbine stem" but for a while this was a known issue with them. The face plates just cracked, often too.
  • + 2
 @willaasss: Same here, though it took me a while to figure out that my stem was a bit bent. I was having a really hard time trying to get my handlebars straight after the crash, then I realized that I wasn't losing my mind. The stem was bent which was why I couldn't get the bars to line up.
  • + 2
 I bought a 80g, 40mm stem for my daughter. It has 3mm bolts in it... the best part is that it is called Warp! My daughter is 60lbs, I shouldn’t but I still pity the 200lbs dude who buys that to shave some weight off his bike.
  • + 6
 @Garpur44: I finally removed my rental stem for the same type of issues. It never did break but it was always turning or creaking. I now run a stem that cost about 1/2 the bling-y Renthal but is rock solid.
  • + 4
 @Garpur44: yep. I had to put some carbon paste to stop mine from tweaking after hard hits. For a 'bling' stem, I'm not impressed.
  • + 1
 me 1
  • + 1
 You enve them?
  • + 1
 over torqued a Chromag Ranger, my bad I think
  • + 1
 Lol I twisted a Forte Clutch stem (performance bicycle brand). Replaced the bars because they looked tweaked, but they were still crooked on the old stem. Oh well. Like most things in the MTB world, you get what you pay for!!
  • + 1
 @laurencedube: those faceplates on the turbine stems were just waiting to fail. I was messing around on my fixed Gear (did a little bunnyhop) and the faceplate sheered horizontally in-between the bolts. Probably not ur fault
  • + 1
 @bicycle019: I had one but there was a recall issued on them as a batch were manufactured too thin. Had a replacement very quickly.
  • + 1
 I’ve cracked a Thomson faceplate on their old 25.4 stem. They were super surprised when I showed them pics.
  • + 1
 @laurencedube: Except my skeletal structure. Rocksolid
  • + 1
 I broke a straightline stem on my boxxer a year ago.
  • + 1
 I had some fat dude crash and twist the stem on one of my demo bikes. Somehow bars and fork were fine
  • + 2
 @Garpur44: literally the worst stem in existence.
  • + 2
 Put a holzfeller in my trail bike. Been good rocksolid stem for years. Probably the only part on my bike that Stay for ages.
  • + 3
 @zulki-fly: same here. 40€ and will survive it all
  • + 3
 I always stick with a brand you can trust for stems - Cansucc - images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51FkNWigQQL._SL1000_.jpg
  • + 2
 @Garpur44: I continuously had this issue with an Apex stem aswell, after having went from burgtec to renthal for a new build, needless to say I went Back to using burgtec on everything
  • + 1
 @zeronine3: I tried the carbon paste, still couldn't get the thing to stop sliding around the steerer!
  • + 57
 If my fork snapped in half like that picture I'd probably throw in the towel. WTF.
  • + 13
 What a picture tho, definitely one to put up on the wall so you can tell all your mates that you are that fast.
  • + 17
 Does anyone know the story behind that fork photo? Looks insane.
  • + 55
 He’s still got a perfect grip on the handlebars I think he may ride that one out
  • + 11
 @Scott787: old pic. Guy didn't tighten the bolts after doing a lower service. Oops!
  • + 28
 When you have a “Jesus’s take the wheel” moment and he takes the wrong one....
  • + 8
 @Scott787: Back in the day, I believe the Manitou Travis / Intrinsic series of forks ended up with a stained reputation for coming apart after the above......which wasn't helped by this...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYxEemzhCOA

Luckily, my set had no such trouble, if you discounted the nose-diving resale value.

Here's the original event video from a race in Italy I think... www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo_gKs35dos
  • + 16
 @orientdave: From the angle in the video it looks like the wheel was beside the guy before impact. Imagine being mid-jump, and looking to your left and thinking to yourself: "Looks like some poor bastard lost his wheel, I'd hate to be that guy."
  • + 1
 @mkotowski1: hahahahahahaha
  • + 5
 @mullen119: I'll just head out to garage now and loctite my Travis....
  • + 22
 The thing I break most on my bike is derailleur hangers. Bent one on a ride in Moab last month, which also sent the chain into the spokes and broke them. Unfortunately, I have a Turner with I-9 aluminum spokes. No shop carries Turner stuff, and the I-9 spokes are hard to find. So I couldn't find the right spokes, and I couldn't replace the hanger. Such a bummer.

I learned three lessons here:

1. If you're gonna ride fancy-pants boutique stuff, always carry spare spokes and deraileur hangers on riding trips. Everything else on the bike is run-of-the mill and easily replaced.

2. I-9's customer service is top-notch. Turner, not so much.

3. Rented a Kona Process 153... Damn that's a great bike.
  • + 31
 There should be a separate category for Eagle derailleur.
  • + 1
 @Klainmeister: I ride Shimano. I bend hangers once maybe every other season.The derailleurs themselves might have some scratches but always come out fine. I kept the same old XT derailleur on my old Enduro for 10 seasons. Probably bent or broke 3-4 hangers in that time.

The good thing about an Eagle derailleur is that you can probably go into most shops and find a replacement part. Not that you necessarily want to pay for it. That was the kicker here. I had hard-to-find parts.
  • + 1
 Next time drive yourself over to Fruita. Over The Edge supports Turner, and there's still plenty of good riding worth the detour.
  • + 1
 I've had good service from Turner the 2 times I've needed help, one of those I got an email from DT himself which I thought was very cool at the time. On second hand bikes to boot.

If you think Turners are hard to find parts on trips/gt good service don't buy a Cannondale. Custom forks and shocks, custom hubs, weird rear wheel offset....although the new bike are getting pretty mainstream.
  • + 1
 @TheR: I fully snapped my xt der in half last August. Switched to Eagle and fully snapped my der hanger in half this week.
  • + 2
 I'm with you re. the Kona 153 being a great bike. Nothing fancy, no boutique parts, but damn it gets as close to a quiver killer bike as I've had. There's something to be said for 14 gauge J bend spokes. Carrying a derailleur hanger is a must I feel.
  • + 4
 Derailleur hanger is a must on any trip for sure. I have on in my pack because you know a shop will never have the right one.
  • + 1
 @pink505: Prior to buying this bike last September, I had heard they had great service. Maybe it was great in the past. I know being a smaller company has a lot of challenges, so I don't want to blast them too much, but the customer service I received has not matched the rep. I called them as soon as I broke it, and a simple call back to tell me about the shop in Fruita that @julianf0918 is talking about, or a "Sorry man, we hear you, but not much we can do here," would have gone a long way.

On the bright side, it is a really great bike at a great price point. Carbon frame with all XT groupset and custom I-9 wheels for well under $6k. The same thing from some other brands would have been much, much more. And it rides like a dream. They got that going for them.
  • + 1
 @julianf0918: We usually ride Fruita on the way out or on the way back. Nice place. Wish I had known about the shop!
  • + 1
 @carsonsucks503: I guess we all have different luck with stuff.
  • + 1
 @woofer2609: The only problem with it is the one I rented was heavy! Like 35 pounds. But man did it roll and just plow through the terrain in Moab. Never really considered one before, but I will next time I buy a bike. I would probably l get the carbon version, though, and lighten some things up a little.
  • + 1
 @rcrocha: Hey, lesson learned. I now have extra spokes and hangers. It would have been such an easy fix if I had the parts!
  • + 1
 @rcrocha: Also, part of my tale of woe is that I did in fact order a hanger from Turner a week before my trip. Unfortunately, it did not actually ship until two business days (four calendar days) later. See where I'm coming from regarding customer service?
  • + 4
 Noticed derailers are third most broken after tyres and rims still. Would be more if hangers were included. Time for gearboxes and airless tyres.
  • + 4
 @Klainmeister: It is the slightly twisted cages that are the worst. Hanger straight, cage looks ok but you can only use 9 of 12 cogs. You get to choose if it skips cogs up high or down low though.
  • + 1
 @TheR: Which Turner do you own?
  • + 1
 @cornichons: RFX v.4.0.
  • + 1
 Derailleur hangers are number one for me too. One a year at least.
  • + 1
 With you on the 153. If there was a bike that represented the term "brick $%&thouse", that would be it. Overbuilt for your riding pleasure.
  • + 24
 all broken carbon cranks are 100% prototypes.
  • + 9
 "Preproduction"
  • + 8
 So far anyway.. and we'll see how it evolves, but the items Pinkbikers love to "pick a side and be a dick about" are very evenly matched!

Carbon/aluminum frames - carbon/aluminum wheels (assuming here that there are a lot more people on aluminum wheels) - carbon/aluminum handlebars - threaded/pressfit BB's

Interesting.
  • + 3
 aluminum rims are more likely to have an issue that renders them worth replacing since they bend and dent easier
  • + 22
 If alloy is used more than carbon, then the fact they are even in this poll would mean that carbon breaks more.
  • + 4
 who the f*ck likes pressfit bbs?
  • + 1
 @samoooli: I like any bb that does it's job.
  • + 1
 @samoooli: pressfit BB is a deal breaker for me, had both and now i'm threaded or nothing
  • + 8
 I'm an AliExpress test pilot!
Nothing like taking a gamble on unknown manufacturer direct parts for peanuts. 90% are great, but the other 10% suck harder than your mum on a weekend!
Only real breakage this year was pedals n a carbon bar.
  • + 41
 Carbon bar? That's scary and one part I would never trust to AliExpress. A carbon bar failing in certain situations could be the end of my ability to ride a bike... or live... no thanks.
  • + 7
 I ordered carbon bars from AliExpress - were broken before they arrived even. Can't imagine finding that out while riding
  • + 9
 @islandforlife: bars are the one thing I tend to think shouldn't be carbon.
  • + 3
 @iantmcg: At my speeds and hit levels I'm ok with carbon from a quality manufacturer. I'll just replace every few years. But also interesting, is so far based on the numbers, just as many people are breaking aluminum handlebars as carbon...
  • + 13
 @islandforlife: waaaaay more alu bars in the wild (likely) as a ratio carbon therefore probably higher.
  • + 2
 @islandforlife: it was completely wiping out landing a big double that snapped it. Would've totalled any bar the way I slammed!
Funny enough that's one of the good products and I've got the same ones again on my bike now!
  • + 2
 @islandforlife: and people maybe are considering breaking alloy bars as bending them
  • + 0
 @islandforlife: I bought a carbon bar on Amazon for $25. Looks exactly like a Race Face Next carbon bar, probably is but without the RF logos. I put the bar between two chairs and sat on it with my 215 pounds to give a test prior to using on my bike....I've since done my normal 5-6' drops, jumps, techy riding....no issues at all
  • + 1
 @iantmcg: The only carbon component on my bike is the bar (Nukeproof Warhead), and I constantly worry about it breaking. Changed my brakes and stem in the last year and tightening the bolts on both was stress I never had to deal with when running alu bars (don't own a torque wrench) so could well go back to alu. Having said that, it's been going strong for a few years now with no trouble.
  • + 0
 @GlassGuy: That's the scary thing about carbon... no issues until there is one, then BOOM! Which is why, no matter how good it looks or performs, at some point it may not... or the next one may not. I for one won't chance it.
  • + 1
 Testing this 70eur Dropper Seatpost from Satori, it was even cheaper then purging my Reverb. Works like a threat for now...
  • + 0
 @islandforlife: That can be said about anything! No matter what you use there is a chance of failure at any point.... I've had aluminum, steel suddenly snap too. The only material I haven't had break/crack/snap is titanium
  • + 2
 @scar4me: I had the same thing happen to me when I snapped my deity mowhawk bars in half, the impact was that hard I would of snapped alloy bars as well,
  • + 1
 @zoobab2: like a threat... Or like a treat? Big Grin
  • + 3
 @islandforlife: who said carbon performs. In most cases it is just a bit lighter and you pay for it with your cash and harshness. Just because a company says that thanks to ability to fine tune the layup it can be made both strong and compliant, doesn’t mean their product is compliant. And strong, get the hell out of here. At this price it should be virtually indestructible, godly compliant and much lighter. Except none of these characteristics are realized
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Strength? Lightness? Compliance? I'm just out here trying to look cool in front of the 14 year olds at the trailhead. If it's not carbon, they just smirk, look away, mumble to each other and laugh...
  • + 7
 Oh no....as of time of this posting, Alloy vs. Carbon frame breakage was pretty much even. I thought according to Pinkbike comment sections, carbon explodes on each trail ride. I'll await my downvotes. Big Grin
  • + 11
 You could argue that there are more AL frames in the hands of the masses so therefore a higher probability of breaking. This being said from a carbon frame owner
  • + 3
 @mtbman1127: Valid point. That said, I have broken several alloy frames over the years. Been on carbon DH and trail for several years now, no issues. I fully understand a direct, heavy, sharp rock strike on say the downtube in a crash will do damage. But, zero issues so far.
  • + 1
 I have some annoying problem with cracking frames, now my 5th in a row, dunno why I have this issue or bad luck as I don't case stuff often, rarely crash and I'm light. I do ride quite a lot compared to quite a lot of people though. 4 of those frames were Alloy and the most recent is Carbon.
  • + 3
 @bigburd: which ones did you broke?
  • + 2
 @bigburd: I have EXACTLY the same problem. Bird Aeris, Mondraker Foxy, Airdrop Edit v2, Giant Glory (all alu), Saracen Myst (Carbon). That's since 2016. I'm about 10 stone in weight, I would consider myself a decent rider and I do well at races usually. I'd say I'm pretty smooth, tend not to case things etc. However, I do ride quite a bit more than average. On a Supreme v4.2 and Orbea Rallon at the minute, hoping the trend has ended.
  • + 1
 Tbf I broke an aluminium frame, but it was ~18 years old. So there is that to bear in mind too.
  • + 0
 @mtbman1127: Yes, good point... please forgive the bit of a maths head in me for the following if you could.

The TLDR version: even though there'd be a higher probability of seeing one, there'd be a lower probability of one actually breaking...??

The longer version: Say there are 1,500,000 carbon frames, and 90,000,000 aluminium in the hands of the masses.

There are 60 times as many Ali frames about and, let's say there are 1,500 broken carbon frames, and 45,000 broken aluminium frames..... then, in that case:

1) Sure, there'd be a higher probability that we'd hear about a broken Ali frame...hundreds of times more likely.

2) At the same time though, the actual probability of any one person's Ali frame breaking would be lower..the probability of breaking your carbon frame would be 1 in every 1000, but only 1 in every 2000 for Ali..half as likely.

As I said, I know what you mean, yes, there is a high probability of hearing about an Ali frame breakage; however, please forgive me the maths / language freak in my head... it gets to me time to time, well, most of the time actually.

Have a good weekend and don't break anything! Especially yourself!
  • + 2
 @HopeFbn: 1st was my 2008 commencal DH, then Scott Gambler, then Nukeproof Scalp, then the replacement Nukeproof Scalp, now my Specialized Demo carbon, most frames seem to go about a year max before cracking was hoping going carbon would eliminate this, but no such luck.
Specialized have provided me with a new frame now though, can't ride it though as done some ligament damage in my hand Frown

I also have a feeling lots of people are riding cracked frames but just have not noticed, I'm quite bad for sitting on other people bikes and finding cracks on them haha!
  • + 1
 @bman33: I've broken/cracked every frame I've owned in one way or another over the many, many years and many, many bikes....alu and carbon...steel has bent. The only frame I didn't damage was titanium...it's probably still riding fine after 20yrs. Weight and riding style play a big part in all that too.
  • + 3
 @orientdave: if someone breaks an average aluminium frame, nobody cares, if someone break an ali product or a carbon part, it ends up in the internet rather quickly. Quite simply, extremes are attractive to us humans.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: ..... if only we could work out how to monetize extreme PB comments, we'd be minted!
  • + 5
 I ride just as hard as I ever have, but now that I'm older I just break me more. Once you've been riding long enough you tend to stop riding stuff that breaks. I buy parts that I've had solid performances from, so I don't much break them anymore. I still get rim and derailleur damage, but that's to be expected.
  • + 5
 Carbon bike and wheels. I case nearly everything and my wheels are still going. I'd be on my 5th aluminum rear wheel at this stage, time without a bike and wheel builds that entails .....I'm loving carbon. I dont understand the hate. Carbon bars too.
  • + 6
 Forget the poll, that crash where Sam Hill went full scorpion will live with me forever
  • + 6
 They need to do a broken bone poll. Not sure why but I break fingers all the time!
  • + 3
 Since we are still only at the midway point of the 2019 Northern Hemisphere riding season i based my answers on my 2018 season where I

1) broke the pawls in a cheap novatec freehub
2) pinch flatted my rear tubeless tire
3) had my RF ride cranks fall off
4) broke a dozen spokes on my rear wheel over the course of the year
5) had a couple pivot points start making an awful racket after wearing out
6) had my dropper's cable snap mid ride

.... i think i might be in the breaker camp :/
  • + 6
 Change your pivots dude! It will make your bike happy! Service shock while at it...
  • + 8
 I'm gonna sya 3/6 of those are because of super cheap wheels.
  • + 7
 And the other half from bad maintenance
  • + 2
 @cgreaseman: Correct. Had a novatec laced to a WTB i23 team. Replace with a Hope Pro4 laced to an EX471 and haven't had any issues with the wheel since. @lognar, Incorrect, I am religious with my bike maintenance
  • + 3
 @lognar: This. Cranks fall off because you didn't tighten them enough. I don't know if the OP lived through the days of square taper, but I did and I learned something from it.
  • + 2
 @ssteve: Don't forget the unspeakable days of sram power spline.
  • + 1
 @ssteve: not necessarily true. My xt m8000 crank fell off the other day. It’s been on over a year and it just fell off! Checked the pinch bolts and they were still as tight as could be. Had to loosen them right off to even get the crank to slide on. Since then the cranks kept falling off. Googled xt crank falls off and was blown away how many cases of the xt m8000 cranks falling off and never tightening up again.
  • + 2
 Regular / basic maintenance solves most of these.
  • + 1
 If last year:
1) front and rear rim;
2) 3 rear axles;
3) chain;
4) derailleur;
5) so many flats (yes tubes); and
6) frame.
This year nothing major.
  • + 1
 @vapidoscar: frame? Do tell
  • + 3
 @freestyIAM: gladly. I was starting to really get into mountain biking and exploring the unofficial trails in my neighborhood. I was checking out a new area which took me over a dam (40-60 ft tall) that the brook runs through. On my way back, thoughoughly exhausted, I thought I would save some time and instead of riding over the top of the dam and making a left on to the trail heading home; I would ride down the dam. It is give or take 45 degree slope and I was riding diagonally down it... in the rain. I had decent traction but knew I made the wrong decision as soon as I started but there was no turning back. I was really picking up speed so I started braking. Every time I pulled my back break I would start losing the back end. So I would let go of the brake. But the faster I went the more instinct took over to brake. About 3/4 down, instinct won. Brakes on, rear washed out, slam on my side and start sliding down. Slide final 10 feet and both wheels dig into the bank at the bottom. I slide rest of way down, crotch to top tube. Fortunately, I was just beyond the janky fence over the water. I limp home literally and figuratively. I didn't discover the crack in the chain stay for several months after but bike was quite messed up. Ghost shifting, breaking axles, etc.
  • + 0
 In the last two years combined - broken and/or warrantied:
3 aluminum chainstays
2 carbon seatstays
3 pivot bolts
2 Shimano XT brake levers
2 Bontrager Maverick Pro wheels
1 DT Swiss EX 471 rim
1 Sram GX derailleur
1 Shimano XT derailleur
1 Sram GX cassette
2 double-down casing tubeless tire pinch flats
1 Reverb dropper remote lever
1 Rockshox Pike RC
1 Rockshox Monarch Plus Debonair
  • + 1
 @vapidoscar: note to self, do not ride down dams.
  • - 1
 U can't pinch flat on tubeless. Pinch flat is the tube getting pinched. U can burb air, or tear the casing.
  • + 2
 @darville88: so what do you call it when you get a hole in the tread from pinching a hole in the tire between the ground and the rim. Its the same as pinch flatting a tube.
  • + 1
 @lognar: If my sidewall is damaged I call it a cut or tear depending on how it happened!
But kudos to you for pinching a hole in a tire, would love to see how the rim did!
  • + 2
 @darville88: rims fine! DT Swiss.
  • + 1
 @lognar: I have fond memorys of a buddy beating a DT rim with a pedal wrench all day at EU XC champs - held up finde except for paint chips
  • + 3
 I've been involved since the late 80's and have to say that frames and components are pretty much as reliable as they've ever been. Back when I worked at a component company in the 90's there were some people who broke everything and others who rode the same parts and never broke anything. In my experience racing is hard on things. That little bit you ease up when not racing makes all the difference vs pounding over stuff.
  • + 7
 I didn't break anything because I don't have any SRAM
  • + 2
 I did not break anything this year (yet) and I have SRAM. Am I doing something wrong?
  • + 3
 Should split between brands as I didn't break a derailleur since the Shimanos way back stopped using those flimsy little pins that would snap leaving it flaccid and then had a GX Eagle explode on the trail last year because a small twig fed through it. I had a good friend also destroy a GX Eagle fairly quickly. N of 2 could for sure be bad luck so I'd be curious if others have had similar issues also. I'd like to know not which product class in general is the biggest issue, but which products within that class are crapping the bed.
  • + 1
 Same thing has happened to two of my X01 eagle rear mechs as well as to a few of the people I ride with. Might have something to do with the width of the cage.
  • + 6
 Raceface cranks need their own checkbox
  • + 6
 I broke the sound barrier and I broke wind.
  • + 2
 Considering we used to carry spare bottom brackets in our ROACH packs back in the day, I would say bikes and components have become pretty reliable these days......and for the most part, stuffing a bacon strip into a pinched tire takes only a minute... Rarely have to put a tube in during a ride. ( knock on wood to all this, hope I've not just jinxed myself to a life of on the trail repairs!!)
  • + 2
 It’s a little thing called mechanical sympathy. As someone who spanners in a shop, I see people break stuff in ridiculous ways that you wouldn’t even think possible and it all stems from people being gorillas on and off the bike. Over tightening bolts, crashing and not inspecting for damage and then just continuing to smash down the trail, shifting through gears without relieving pedal pressure.
  • + 2
 Bikes and bike components are really good these days, the only stuff I have broke in the last few years have been spokes a free hub,Saddle and a few snapped chains, go back 12 years and I cracked 3 frames and destroyed plenty of wheels in the sametime.
  • + 3
 Bike parts are stronger than ever. If you've spent any time in Whistler you'll notice that exploded bikes are few and far between compared to 10years ago. It's rare to see any catastrophic failure even in WBP these days.
  • + 3
 What? More than 10% have cracked, bent, severed, or damaged their (alu and carbon) frames beyond repair THIS SEASON. I have serious doubts about that
  • + 2
 Broke my carbon sentinel last year. Broke the headtube under the headset. Strangest thing I’ve ever seen because there was no impact and I didn’t even crash. No more carbon trannys for me!
  • + 1
 2x S-works demo 8 frames in 2 seasons. To their credit specialized warranty is fantastic and in 3 days I get a new frame.

Both times it’s tiny hairline cracks near the B.B. it’s a common occurrence for others. Not what you want from a $5k AUD frameset.
  • + 4
 Maxxis tire casings always seem to stretch out and get a really annoying wobble way before the knobs are worn or rip.
  • + 2
 Tell me about it. The last four maxxis tires I've mounted have stretched as I was rolling them onto the rim. Super fucking annoying to have laced up a dead-straight wheel then have the shitty tire wobble left and right like jelly from mounting it. I swear it's only a recent phenomenon with their rubber too.
  • + 1
 I honestly still have and use all the time (now on my old Cannondale Prophet Trail bike), my rear wheel - 26" Mavic EX729 rim on Hope Pro 2 Bolt on hub. I've had it since 2007 :-D also my Bontrager King Earl cranks and the original bottom bracket! - albeit a bit wobbly now lol.
  • + 1
 I totally smoked the axle and freehub body in my Stan’s Neo hub, probably from the last enduro race I did. Other than that, burped a tire flat while riding lift access.
Haven’t gone through 3-4 derailleur hangers a season like I was doing a year or two ago
  • + 5
 Just 3 intense carbon frames
  • + 1
 Everything but Alloy Handlebar, Shift Lever, Fork Mechanical Damage... surprised I haven't broke these yet.

I've broken alloy bars, but not while riding. I've bent shift levers from my knee smacking 'em. I've gouged forks in crashes (still rideable). I was about to list not breaking a stem, but I guess I have since the shit came loose on a big hit and I couldn't get it to stay tight no matter what after that.
  • + 1
 Managed to bend the lowers on my fox 36 along with the axle. Although it was am expensive fuckup I'm pretty pumped I didnt hurt myself in the crash. Also props to the ibis rim that totally held itself up in a crash that would have tacod any other rim.
  • + 3
 I haven't broken anything but, I have suss parts that need service and or worn parts that are no longer made because fucking bike industry standards bullshit
  • + 1
 Kind of bias poll. Not everyone has carbon parts on their bike. I bet there would be more carbon breaks than aluminum if everyone who has an aluminum bikes also has carbon. There's more aluminum bikes out there than there are carbon. Same goes for wheels. There would be way more carbon wheel broken.
  • + 1
 I can tick off 11 from that list and I ride 1-2 times a week.

I would be seriously interested in including a box for;
-battery
-motor

add the above two in and my list comes to 13, lucky.

I await the ebike backlash but in all seriousness I feel a LOT of marketplace testing is going on. Feels like the early 00's all over again.

Of the 13, 10 of those are separate incidences.

And that is just in the last 11 months. The family fleet is 11 bikes, only one other failure from the other 10, a reverb.
  • + 1
 For some reason I've found a way to destroy bearings in my rear hub(s). Blew a two-week-old Hope, a 6-month-old Roval(Formula-no shocker there), a few month old DT 240, and a few month old i9. DT Swiss warrantied theirs, I don't think we tried to warranty the i9(bearings aren't expensive), Jenson credited me the cost of the Hope towards the i9, and Specialized of course told me to go pound sand.
No rhyme or reason. Different wheels, 3 different bikes with varying suspension travel, and all the hubs were properly greased and in spec
  • + 1
 Good god, most of those are strong reputable hubs, you truly are the hub destroyer... Ebike hubs for you!
  • + 1
 I rarely break parts. Had a couple bent derailleurs over the past couple years, cut open only one sidewall on a tire and broke a half dozen chains. My most recent was a popped tire on my road bike. It’s not much considering I’ve been riding for 12+ years now
  • + 1
 Since 1,5 years:

On the DH-bike:
- 1 spoke
- 1 rear mech
- 1 shifter cable
- 1x bottom bracket

On my Enduro:
- 2x freehub on rear wheel (1 time irreparable)
- 1x rear break (shimano XT)
- bottom bracket
- 3x rear mech
- 1x rear shifter
- 2x shifter cable
- 1x chain
- 1x spoke
- 2x dropper (although they repaired it for free)
- 1x fork sucked down to the bottom (brand new fox 34 factory, was repaired by fox, "only" had to pay postage)

On my Gravel/cyclocross bike:
- rim tape
- shifter cable
  • + 5
 I'd like more info on that picture of the crash
  • + 1
 I've broken quite a lot of parts over the past few years but probably should've broken quite a few more than I did with how many times I've pretty much just thrown my bike in crashes.
  • + 4
 can I change my vote in a week now that I've jinxed myself?
  • + 1
 I had a Stans axle break..It was and easy fix but then the rest of the hub puked its guts. This was after they sent me a new wheel after the hub shell broke. They make great rims but crap for hubs.
  • + 1
 Go plutonium frame and boron cranks. They are on it, unless you fail to maintain them in any way and then moan when they fail you. You know I speak the truth no-one else will.
  • + 1
 Since I have stopped riding nukeproof I've stopped breaking frames. Broken both scalps and megas. As much as I loved how they rode I'd never have a nukeproof again as not being able to ride because of a broken frame sucks.
  • + 1
 Well....... Having filled this out on the saturday having only ever broken an e13 rim I went for a ride on sunday and snapped a brand new pair of limited edition Carbon renthals! FML
  • + 4
 I’m not even going to answer this, bad karma
  • + 1
 I snapped a derailleur hanger, a WTB saddle and 2 ribs once while cartwheeling down a steep section, amazingly I somehow landed on my feet the right way up still holding the bars. "I think I'll just push this next bit lads"
  • + 1
 Interesting how there has been more broken alloy frames then carbon frames, any fan of alloy frames will say that they break less, but as time of commenting there are more broken alloy frames
  • + 3
 Stripped my crank thread on a big ass stump,apart from that I rarely break anything, smooth is the groove!
  • + 1
 anyone in canada with broken specialized rear triangles/links who got them replaced with "pre ridden but certified rideable" parts from spzCAN warranties? or its just me? hahah
  • + 1
 I rode my first XC hardtail with pretty decent components way too hard for about a year before I needed to replace just about everything. Local trails, bike park, big mountain, everywhere. I don't ride XC hardtails anymore.
  • + 3
 3 rides ago I broke a pawl. 2 rides ago I lost a brake caliper bolt. Last ride I snapped a chainstay.
  • + 9
 The universe is sending you a message.
  • + 5
 Just remove the chain and brakes. Problems solved!
  • + 3
 @brappjuice: the universe can f itself. I want to ride my bicycle
  • + 3
 That message is to make sure your nuts and bolts are tight and torqued
  • + 2
 @Jimmy0: heard that keep riding and keep breaking shit!
  • + 1
 @mtbman1127: I fail to see how that would have saved my chainstay or hub pawl
  • + 3
 Shimano and Loctite will solve your first two problems. Not sure about the third...
  • + 1
 Ripped a nipple through my rim 3 rides ago.Broke derailleur two rides ago. Cracked my seat stay last ride. For the past two years before that, not broken anything. The way she goes sometimes.
  • + 1
 I had a leaky tubeless valve stem a few weeks ago.

I’ll get a flat annually on my road bike when I’m too lazy to check the pressure in the tyres before a ride.
  • + 1
 I’ll say that most components are way better these days then they were ten years ago but frames and suspension still explode if you look at them to hard.
  • + 1
 My dropper keeps breaking seals. At around 3k miles, big cogs on expensive cassettes start fatiguing. Schwalbes rot like corpses.
  • + 1
 which is why I'll never understand people using expensive SRAM cassettes. Hey lets buy the most expensive consumable drive piece that constantly has metal and dirt grinding together.. what could go wrong!
  • + 1
 What dropper you running?
My only failure over the past 12 months was my Reverb spring clip rotting away so it actuated its guts out into the frame. The seals were definitely on the way out at the time, but I had a full service/ rebuild so all is good. I have noticed it now binds a bit when I try and slam it down, an issue between bushing tolerances and an argument for steeper SA on the geo maybe?
  • + 1
 @ROOTminus1: Thompson. They've been great about fixing it, but when the seal goes the post creaks and has about .5" of play. If you like to pedal, .5 is a lot.
  • + 1
 "I break everything carbon because i'm a better and faster rider than any pro in the world". - Pinkbike comment section.


"Dentist" - Pinkbike comment section.
  • + 1
 I am late but... this poll would be very useful to MTB manufacturers and engineers to really work in the most votes ones. Flat tires suck!
  • + 1
 New Minion Maxxis belts are breaking with zero warranty. Expensive landings, could be worse–at least I rode home with minimal wear to my chain stays.
  • + 1
 I don't really break components on my bike often, but I can't seem to get a solid year out of a dropper post since they came out....
  • + 1
 depends a lot on where you ride. I used to live in ohio and never broke anything. now im out in colorado front range. things are starting to break!
  • + 1
 I have mostly fixed my breaking sh!t problem by using heavier parts. Might be why my trail bike weighs like 35lbs but I don't worry about it.
  • + 3
 Breaking stuff is validation that your ridding your bike at the limit.
  • + 28
 Or that your riding style was inspired by the Incredible Hulk.
  • + 32
 Or that you're using the wrong equipment for yourself and the kind that of riding you do
  • + 4
 Or you ride angry.
  • + 6
 Or that the component you've broken hasn't been engineered properly
  • + 10
 Don't you think the word 'at' should be changed to 'beyond'?
  • + 0
 This statement is almost never true.
Thousands of parts have broken while the bikes on which they were mounted weren’t being ridden anywhere near its limits.
The truth is that we non-pros rarely ride our bikes (and their collective parts) anywhere near it’s limits.
  • + 6
 @incubus: You must have never experienced avid elixir brakes or slx shifters.
  • + 1
 @dglass: saint shifter, anything else derailleur Wink
  • + 11
 Or that you don't have the proper finesse, form or technique.
  • + 1
 @TheR: sorry mate gave you a prop by mistake trying to answer Smile
disagree. never brake my chain in some of 20 years of cycling. different story when racing. 5 time straight from the gate (not a world cup track though Wink and few times on the climb on the road bike.racing though. I think is the combination of the chain, my weight, power I can generate on short bursts and the wrong shifting timing Big Grin
  • + 2
 @dglass: examples like these only reenforce my point. A sh!t part that breaks often breaks because it’s a sh!t part, not because the bike was pushed to its limits.
Parts often break in crashes that were the result of poor line choice or where the rider simply went beyond his skill level, not because the rider pushed the bike to its limits.
  • + 1
 @incubus: crashes and elixir brakes are likely correlated. Agree with your statement now. Was confused by wording. Suggest edit to least sentence: "...parts) anywhere near its (not it's) limits AND SH!T STILL BREAKS."

and @maddiver: tell me it wasn't the SAME chain for 20 years though!
  • + 2
 @bike2850: I'm no grammar nutter by any means, but I think your second typo is funny in this context Smile .
  • + 1
 Interesting study this year found that when tore my rotator cuff, I in turn broke nothing on my bike and somehow have extra cash!
  • + 1
 In the past year or so I cracked 2 AL Canyon Spectrals and 1 Orbea Rallon AL. I was all against carbon but currently on an Ibis HD4 and so far not worried.
  • + 3
 I broke my achilles tendon.
  • + 5
 Ouch, a friend of mine did his snowboarding a few years ago. The guys who were with him said the noise when it broke was unbelievable. Heal up soon man.
  • + 3
 Holy shit dude.
  • + 2
 @metaam: *vomits in mouth*
  • + 2
 The sound when they go is very unsettling. Closest thing I can liken it to is a Shotgun!
  • + 2
 Mine sounded like a hammer hitting concrete.
  • + 3
 Ultimate jinx thread. Race day tomorrow. No comment.
  • + 2
 Press fit bottom bracket and headset on Yeti SB 5.5 wore out after less than one year of riding. Not impressed.
  • + 1
 Did the pfBb wallow out?
  • + 1
 >Press fit bottom bracket
> Yeti

surprisedpikachu.jpeg
  • + 1
 I have only broken my scapula so far this year. Unfortunately I haven't been able to ride for 4 weeks because of that so I haven't had a chance to break anything on the bike.
  • + 1
 Nothing so far this year for mtb. Moto however is another story. Seem to find something wore out or broke after every ride now.
  • + 1
 Ive just changed my cockpit set up...
Its now a dream come true for me...
Chromag 180mm DH bars
Chromag 35mm Stem

Dont know why i didnt go for them ages ago????
  • + 1
 Worn a fair number of parts out but I think the only thing I have ever broken is aluminum rims.
  • + 2
 steel dirtjump frame and a steel bmx crankarm :-D
  • + 1
 Tell me it wasent a Norco 250
  • + 1
 Cracked my rim then proceeded to drive home and pull a cabinet door off the hinges. It's been a great day
  • + 2
 A spoke, that's all so far in 2019.
  • + 1
 Answered that I rarely brake things but listed 7 thinks I’ve broken this past year haha
  • + 1
 Save weight by buying carbon wheels, but must carry a tube of Stan's glue with you in-case they blow up. hahaha
  • + 2
 My most recent is landing a drop weird and breaking my pedal on a stump
  • + 1
 Cranks, frame, dropper post, cassette, tyre walls, rear triangle; only thing that's not truly ruined are me grips...
  • + 2
 Are the stems just stripping bolts? Id hope.
  • + 2
 x2 Flat tires x2 Bent derailleur hangers x9000 Ego
  • + 1
 Cracked the frame of my trusty Norco Sight that I had been riding for 5 years earlier this year Frown
  • + 7
 Carbon or aluminum? Or, did they make carbon versions 5 years ago? Probably not... so I'm going to say aluminum...

Thanks for sticking around for this conversation I just had with myself.
  • + 1
 @islandforlife: Aluminum, snapped at one of the welds which always seem to be a weak point.

No welds on carbon just sayin.......
  • + 1
 @fuzzhead45: makes sense, I had a 2017 Aluminum Sight... loved that bike. Sold it when I got my current ride which is next level...
  • + 1
 @fuzzhead45: Didn't stop my carbon bike from cracking though, no impact either just riding.
  • + 1
 I think they need to add "fork steer tube". Not many of those but they have to be Formula 1 crashes.
  • + 1
 Used to be a breaker, thought I was doing better now, then clicked 11 boxes in the second poll... Not so smooth after all
  • + 1
 I feel like I ride like a hack but am generally pretty light on parts, luckily.
  • + 1
 See I feel like I ride pretty smooth but can't stop cracking frames.
  • + 1
 The solution for flat tiré is call DH CASING, so u ver flat tire cause you whant!
  • + 2
 2 carbon rims and a Yeti. No big deal Wink
  • + 1
 425 of us schmucks have already broken our aluminium 26 inch rides this year.
  • + 1
 Better question is what havent a broken, snaped frames, rims ,chains, bars, levers and more spokes then one can count
  • + 1
 Broke a fork, brake lever and a seat post. Don’t think I’ll throw my bike of the third story balcony again
  • + 1
 Wish we could vote multiple times for things that we’ve broken more than once
  • + 1
 Neither of my bikes are fully functioning right now. Anyone have a hadley axle 150 they can part with?
  • + 1
 Was there a person who broke everything on that list?? They need to be a gear tester!!
  • + 1
 "I probably fall in between those extremes"; has broken pretty much everything before.
  • + 1
 So far none, now I am cursed to destroy every single thing on my bike in the remainder of the season
  • + 1
 THIS SEASON, not all time, if the results are real (Jan1st to today) gawdammm you blokes crash a tone!
  • + 2
 Where it the option for Body? Seems to fail more these days!!
  • + 2
 Where is the hub option. Gone through 3 of those.
  • + 1
 Does a broken brake/derailleur lever really count if you cartwheel your bike down the hill?
  • + 2
 I feel freehubs are the weak link on modern bikes.
  • + 2
 Ditto. 6’2” 210lbs and i make a shit ton of low speed torque because i cant spin. I eat freehubs a few time a year and i am really getting sick of it. The only freewheels tgat i haven’t killed yet are I9
  • + 1
 What about the freewheel body ? On DT240s mine last 5000 km and then need to be changed...
  • + 1
 My Rockymountain Pipeline broke down a few months ago.
www.pinkbike.com/photo/17370803
  • + 1
 What da fuq did you do?
And dont tell me jra lol
  • + 2
 @gregminaar
  • + 1
 How about derailleur hangers? Been through a few with eagle
  • + 2
 Once you go NSB, you never go back to a stock d-hanger! northshorebillet.com
  • + 1
 Tires for me at the moment, keep ripping em open it seems
  • + 1
 I broke a stem... my bike fell over while washing it
  • + 1
 Steel frame?? Cracked chainstain this year on only 10 years old frame.
  • + 1
 Strange... what frame/ brand??
  • + 1
 I won’t Tempt fate , so have declined to tick any box !
  • + 2
 Sram derraliers...
  • + 1
 I just broke my own click bait rule
  • + 1
 Give it time. The season is still young...
  • + 0
 If you can go a whole year without breaking anything, y’all ain’t going hard
  • + 6
 ...or you're a smooth rider who inspects their bike periodically, torques bolts to specs and follows proper maintenance schedules.
  • + 1
 I broke my $300 gps last weekend with a solid otb in a rock garden...opps
  • + 1
 I29 wheels, dropper post lever and two chains
  • + 1
 Seatstay casing a jump. Derp.
  • + 0
 I've damaged a lot of things but seem to escape the "beyond repair" part.
  • + 1
 I broke my RM-7. Twice.
  • + 1
 i broke a bone...
  • + 1
 Hacks and savages are!!
  • + 1
 Oh leg
  • + 1
 sam hill brakes for me
  • + 1
 Learn to ride smoother
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