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I have an '05 Prophet, and I noticed a pretty deep scratch in the frame today. It's just above the shock mount on the frame, and it's actually scratched into bare metal. I haven't wrecked badly enough on the bike to do this, and I'm always careful moving it around and storing it. The only source of damage like this that I can think of is the maitenance staff at the apartment I just moved out of. They had to do some work on my water heater, and they probably had to move my bike to get to it. :madmax:

I'll try to post pictures of the scratch as soon as I can.

But what I'm wondering is, first of all, will a scratch into the metal like this compromise the strength of my frame at that spot? Also, if the frame happens to crack right there, am I going to get shafted out of a warranty replacement because "I" was neglegent and damaged my frame while not riding the bike? Maybe I'm worrying too much, because I've heard that they're pretty chill abour issuing warranty replacements, they don't really "investigate" the cause of the failure.

I just want to see what you guys think. Thanks!
 

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I could be wrong, but I don't think that is a high stress area of the frame, so I wouldn't worry too much about that. I'd be most concerned about rust- maybe a little touch up paint would do the trick. Also- just me but- if I was realy worried about warranty issues I probably wouldn't go on the internet and publically tell my story.
 

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Really I don't think you have to worry about the aluminum frame rusting.

"But what I'm wondering is, first of all, will a scratch into the metal like this compromise the strength of my frame at that spot?" I think if you look at the Cannondale's web site about their testing it will put your mind at ease. Mountain bikes get scratches. http://www.cannondale.com/obsessivelytested/

"Also, if the frame happens to crack right there, am I going to get shafted out of a warranty replacement because "I" was neglegent and damaged my frame while not riding the bike? " As long as it isn't a gouge I think you are ok. http://www.cannondale.com/policies/bike_warr_policy2.html

I wouldn't hesitate seeking the advice from your local Cannondale dealer about the scratch.
 

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Um, yea.....I'm not an expert in very many areas, in fact I'm not an expert in any subject matter that I can think of. I do however, know that an aluminum anything will not rust. Rust is specific to ferrous metals. Dents aside, the missing paint will not cause any structural problems.
 

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Thanks for the responses. I was pretty upset when I found it, knowing that I didn't cause the damage. I inspect pretty thoroughly (sp?) after rides, especially if I wreck. I doubt it will cause me any problems, but I'm still a little concerned because it may actually be dented/gouged into the metal. If it causes a problem in the future that's not covered by warranty, I'll just have to buy a new frame. Oh well, it's only a bike. I'll see if my LBC has any touch-up paint on hand, and I'll have them look at it. Thanks again!
 
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