I have the same problem with my Kestrel road bike. Beautiful bike but it just can't take anything at all. Currently I'm having some problems with the laminate coating peeling and chipping along the joints, as well as the frame and carbon components being easily scratched.proxy said:Well I certainly concur on the road bike difference, but personally I dont think 1k is worth it (but I think it depends on what your looking for and how you ride). I'm a big guy [6'2"] so I tend spend more cash on building light but tough wheel sets than saving 200 grams. It depends on your needs....but IMO carbon doesn't take abuse well (at least my old Kestrel didnt....lol).