I take you point. But
there are many factors in a crash, all of which you don't know. Only I know. I thought I was doing the right thing by telling the store/dealer that i took a spill and the fork gave way. I could have easily have said i heard a crack in my fork and went down, but did I? No.
I wanted to do the right thing because I wanted to be honest and make sure nothing was wrong with the bike itself, and I thought they would do the same. Clearly not.
John - Yes i did crash
, thanks for pointing out that out, I only just realised that when you kindly told me. As you were someone who used to work in retail, I hardly find that to be an unbiased source of information. If you were in my situation maybe you would have realised what actually happened and the total lack of professionalism and inadequacy in which the dealer and service manager at the store dealt with my problem. I was given next to no information and when I tried to explain to the State Rep my side of the story he didn't even want to hear it. If nothing else I say is true, surely this is not good customer service. Just so you know, I'm not attacking you personally, and I do value your input, but I just want you to see this from my perspective and the total lack of professionalism in which it was dealt with.
I'm not one to whinge and i'm not spoiled, if i honestly
believed i was at fault, I would take it on the chin and get on with life. If i rammed it into a car, or crashed into a pole/tree and the fork snapped, I can deal with that. What I can't deal with is if I have a minor spill at less than 30km/h, and the fork gives way as a result.
Forks don't just fail
. Only a high lateral force on the fork blade OR a structural flaw with the fork itself can lead to such damage. This is clearly not an in-plane impact as you suggest, the forks are weak laterally not longitudinally. I don't think I have to explain that to you, it would seem obvious to anyone who has completed high school physics.
Let's just suppose that there was a high lateral force for argument's sake, surely some spokes would be taken out in the crossfire, but i can tell you that not a single spoke is even remotely close to coming out of it's housings either at the rim or the hub. Two 2cm thick pieces of carbon composite material have given way, whilst 10-15 spokes each about 5mm in thickness that sit in between the two pieces of carbon are essentially untouched. Ask any engineer to explain that outcome.
I hit nothing. I just fell off. Just thought I'd clear that up.
You have no certain knowledge of the forces it underwent or whether they are within its reasonable operating parameters.
I know that if that much force was put through a fork, there would be at least some collateral damage to the wheels - evidently not.
BroDeal - I don't own roof racks, I don't even own a car, I've never raced, the only place that the bike has been apart from locking it up at uni, has been in my garage, out of the sun and out of the heat. Hell, I even bring it indoors on hot days. I can assure you this bike has been cared for perfectly.
Again - I'm not attacking any of you who criticise my situation/thoughts. I'm just expressing what I think and offering you the facts with my opinions. Please don't get offended by any of my comments, as they were said in good faith with nothing malicious attached to it.