Thursday, September 18, 2008

Broken Kestrel RT700 Carbon Frame

A Bike Depot Team rider with his broken Kestrel R700 frame after he crashed into a guard rail at high speed during the Tour of the Catskills stage race a couple of weeks back [See more race pictures here]. I'm not sure what speed he was going down at. Separation occurred in the front triangle at the headtube junction.

Take care out there, man!


Bluenoser said...

Hey ron,

Isn't all of this exploding stuff suppose to be safer? Remember when race cars first started flying apart instead of crushing the occupant? They said that the driver was saved because the car took the impact and flew apart?

Pretty soon we won't get smashed up but will just fly apart to be put back together to race another day.

Wake me up I'll be late for work...


Matt in Denver said...

Wouldn't a high-speed collision with an obstacle cause catastrophic damage regardless of the frame material? The nature of this failure is ugly, but I don't think that this is really any different than a cracked weld or a bent frame. I'm not at all surprised to see this type of failure under these circumstances--you hit a guardrail hard, you need a new frame.

Ron said...

Matt : Metal alloy will probably bent, unless these frame thicknesses are hair width like. I can see carbon breaking, but not metal. I have not tried it, so you could probably be right.