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2013 Hafjell World Cup - Frame fail on step down

This was during practice on Sunday morning. So many people were casing this step down but this guy seemed to make it clean...until catastrophic frame failure. Don't know the riders name, but other than being pretty banged up he seemed okay and walked away.

64 Comments

  • + 97
 Fuck it, i'm selling my fury..
  • - 22
flag ScaryGerry (Sep 18, 2013 at 17:18) (Below Threshold)
 P-R-O-T-O-T-Y-P-E
  • + 21
 Its-still-a-piece-of-crap-!
  • + 14
 Lorenzo was/ is on a production frame
  • + 55
 www.gtbicycles.com/gbr/2013/bikes/mountain/gravity/fury-alloy-frame

At the time of posting this, this link just sends you to "Ah Snap! Something went wrong!"

Let's hope GT make that page work again soon haha!
  • - 7
flag Welsh-mountain-gremlin (Sep 25, 2013 at 6:05) (Below Threshold)
 it wasunt the fault of the bike during transit to the event that bike sustained a crack which weakened the frame casing this gap just meant that the frame snapped
  • + 2
 I heard during transit it suffered a dent.......in the headtube,.....so why did the top and down tube shear in half ????

piece of shite
  • + 2
 Haha! I watched this whilst the fury advert was up on the side !! On the plus side, that 380 is still in good nick!
  • + 4
 Everyone says its cus their was a dent in transit on the headtube, so why did it snap half almost halfway down the DT and TT ??? Gt just bullshiting to the masses, still no pictures of this "dent"

also prototype doesn't mean anything, surely they would've had it stress tested etc etc
  • + 39
 Just riding along
  • + 27
 In engineering there has to be a balance between strength and weight. As bike frames become lighter more exotic materials and processes are being used in their manufacture and material wall thickness is being gradually reduced. The slightest scratch on the surface of a frame tube, like that sustained on uplifts, especially in high stress areas could cause failure in extreme conditions.
  • + 21
 I think that's Lorenzo Suding perhaps?
  • + 10
 yes is Lorenzo. Frown but i think it's alittle bit short on this one... but whattf*ck!
  • + 18
 .....And no one has made a comment referencing the new GT's to a Kona? WOW!
  • + 18
 Warranty Claim?
  • + 25
 GT manual says it is invalid due to:

1. Your bicycle has been designed for general transportation and recreational use, but has not been designed to withstand abuse associated with stunting and jumping.
This warranty ceases when you rent, sell, or give away the bicycle, ride with more than one person, or use the bicycle for stunting or jumping.

I think it is fair to say that he was jumping his downhill race bike.
  • + 46
 "General transportation and recreational use? Well I was just transporting myself down a world cup track!"
  • + 9
 The Specialized Demo's manual says the opposite, it says something like "Do it with caution and protection"
  • + 13
 Thats what she said...
  • + 17
 At least you know GT has stuck to their roots...
  • + 15
 This is why you need to man up an get a heavy bike ... Scott gambler springs to mind!
  • + 15
 exactly what GT does not want you to see...
  • + 14
 frame made by fizzy drink tins!
  • + 1
 Ya I mean look how hollow and thin it is, it may actually be made out of soda cans, i mean it honestly looks like it is
  • + 4
 You know pretty much all alu frames, especially with oversized tubes, are like this right?
  • + 0
 Idk i guess so..
  • + 9
 Super lucky someone was there to film it for our enjoyment! And these frames are in production for the public...
  • + 5
 There was a small crack in the frame prior to this happening (possibly a transportation damage). They discussed it the evening Before but he did not have a replacement frame... and since he was there to race.... he gambled..

I would sit it out in the restaurant ;-)
  • + 4
 Gee! Toss your bike in the trash and win the WC on your old fury! Or better yet, I'll let you borrow my bike and you can bless it with your butt cheeks. You too Rachel, we don't want you smashing up that pretty face of yours.
  • + 3
 In engineering there has to be a balance between strength and weight, as bike frames become lighter more exotic materials and processes are being used in their manufacture. With such thin wall thickness the slightest scratch on the surface of a frame tube like that sustained on uplifts, especially in high stress areas, could cause failure in extreme conditions.
  • + 1
 If your frames cracked, especially if if your at this level it would of been swapped. Do you seriously think gt would of refused to give a new £300 ish cost frame to him know the implication of if it did fail?

It wasn't cracked, it's just the weakest part of his build, could of been a wheel, fork, bar etc.

More importantly Lorenzo is ok.
  • + 1
 With all due respect that wasn't the smoothest landing, at the end of the day they are just bikes and coming up short on something that size isn't going to fair well for most bikes out there, and for all we know this isn't the first time he has cased/G'ed out and put extreme stress and pressure on that frame. I'm going to bet that bike has seen a few of those to collapse like that.
  • + 18
 but these bikes are built(or supposed to be) to take such beatings like that. My old bike has been through hell and back and doesnt even have cracks like that. And I know for a fact I didn't land ANY of my jumps smoothly. lol.
  • + 4
 It's not the smoothest landing for sure but it looks like it's quite a smooth way to come short. We don't know the full bike history but it's not a landing I'd expect a bike to snap from. Did much worse myself on multiple occasions and the bikes lived through. If your bike can't handle a fuck up every now and then, it shouldn't be called a downhill bike.
  • + 3
 It should have taken that, it wasn't too hard a case really
  • + 4
 And that children is why one does not purchase a bike made by GT
  • + 1
 Possibly the frame was a bit fatigued prior to this event...a reminder to check your equipment thoroughly. From what I can see looks like he was a touch short on the landing. Bummer either way.
  • + 5
 Ouch Glad he is ok!
  • + 3
 Fuck! The metal looks so thin on the downtube!
  • + 1
 Its crucial that he had that Dainese windbreaker on. Could have really busted up his shoulders if not for it. Smart move to kit up while ripping a dented/cracked frame.
  • + 3
 not a good look at all for GT's new dh bike
  • + 2
 At least they use good cables and housing, so you can wear it like a necklace!
  • + 1
 the only thing left holding the two pieces together afterwards is the brake cable
  • + 1
 thats some thin wall tubing there ,, scary to see how thin these things are getting put some back
  • + 2
 ye think something failed.
  • + 2
 Made in China bamboo inside....
  • + 2
 bamboo dont snap like this
  • + 3
 Fucking foil
  • + 1
 for that cornering slide on face I give 9.9/10 Big Grin
  • + 1
 Oh sh*t Eek hope the riders ok and this doesn't look good for GT!
  • + 0
 that was soo soft you squid just cause the bike is a peice of shit made it look bad cyril dog
  • + 1
 Maybe this is why gee didn't win...
  • + 6
 Nope! Gee tried his luck as lumberjack. Guess who has won!
  • + 1
 Sooooo, it's not a downhill bike?
  • + 1
 Rather own the new kona operator over this
  • + 1
 Lolololololol
  • + 1
 ouch
  • + 1
 Holy fuck !
  • + 1
 Buy a demo
  • + 1
 ahhahah
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