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Hi,

Interested in getting a Dos Niner. Is the frame breakage due to chronological age, usage or both?

In other words is an older frame with very little use a safe buy?

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MitchJi said:
Hi,

Interested in getting a Dos Niner. Is the frame breakage due to chronological age, usage or both?

In other words is an older frame with very little use a safe buy?

Thanks!
A safe buy? As long as you know the life expectancy and history of a scandium XC race frame (or any light weight XC race frame). It's not going to last forever. And there are no more Dos Niners for crash replacements - so factor that into your "deal" on the used frame purchase.

Is it use, or simple age or both? Hmmmm....I would guess use as the majority of the contributing factor, but perhaps a metallurgist will chime in on the age factor.

I got 4 full seasons out of my first Dos Niner and in early training for its 5th season last year had this happen climbing a paved hill:



The new frame under the crash replacement policy has that area beefed up on the silver frames at the weld. It will be interesting to see if that helps the longevity at the 4/5 year point. Until that point is reached for those of us with the silver frames in 2013-14, I guess it would be moot to say which used one is the best buy.

Edit: I just read over on the Salsa board that Tunica's silver Dos gave up the crack ghost at just 20 months.

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Hi,

Thanks for the replies!

I was worried about the area of the chainstay that flexes but after seeing the picture of the break near the shock,
and given I'll need to buy used (no warranty) I think I'll cross the Dos Niner off my list.

Thanks Again!
 

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MitchJi said:
Hi,

Thanks for the replies!

I was worried about the area of the chainstay that flexes but after seeing the picture of the break near the shock,
and given I'll need to buy used (no warranty) I think I'll cross the Dos Niner off my list.

Thanks Again!
Hi Mitch,
its your choice.... but i have to admit that this is really great frame, and I like it a lot :thumbsup:
So I'm not going to switch to FS unless forced to do it :D

Take care.
 

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LOL, my friend's Dos broke exactly like the Orange one, right at the shock mount.
Mine broke like the green one, except on the other side. We both had about 2 years on the frames. FWIW, Salsa was good with the warranty.
 

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maon said:
Hi Mitch,
its your choice.... but i have to admit that this is really great frame, and I like it a lot :thumbsup:
So I'm not going to switch to FS unless forced to do it :D
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Maybe this list of short travel softail 29ers will help you avoid that:
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#1 Salsa Dos Niner (<http://salsacycles.com/bikes/dos_niner/>http://salsacycles.com/bikes/dos_niner/)
#2 Curtlo Epic Mountaineer (<http://www.curtlo.com/frame_pages/epic_mountaineer.html>http://www.curtlo.com/frame_pages/epic_mountaineer.html).
#3 Siren Song 29 (<http://www.sirenbicycles.com/song29.html>http://www.sirenbicycles.com/song29.html)
#4 Motoo X YBB (<http://moots.com/our-bike/mtb-29/mooto-x-ybb/overview/>http://moots.com/our-bike/mtb-29/mooto-x-ybb/overview/)
#5 .... ?
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There are a few more, spread across multiple posts, in the thread below:
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?p=7882991&posted=1#post7882991
 

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i've got a orange one, and checked it after reading this thread.
I discovered a starting crack at the top of the weld, like others !

This frame have 3 years, but as i'm rotating between bikes, not a lot of ridding time.
That's a pitty, i love it !
 
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