Unfortunately, I have no breathtaking/exciting stories to add. I have always been a staunch believer in building frames and riding bikes that are overbuilt and will endure whatever is thown at them, providing only smiles of relief when the dust clears.
Despite numerous broken bones, I have never had one single dent tube, let alone a broken frame. Highlights of the unbelievable...
- wiped out on a downhill switchback on a ridge (going too fast
) and the bike and I tumbled twenty feet down to the cliff edge. I luckily caught a pine tree but the bike fell 40 feet off the cliff. End result, two tacoed wheels, bent seat post, and one flawless Grove Hardcore frame.
- while enjoying a beautiful Appalacian day I was hit by numerous beer cans (some full) from some local dirtbags. They swung their pick up around and hit me from behind with the truck, driving me into a ditch. One **** up rear wheel, loooong physical recovery, not a dent in the rw frame.
- My latest wipe out this fall (see off topic forum) ended in broken BB, wheels, and three broken ribs and a pelvic arch. Frame ok
Lessons learned...IMHO, forget the race for lighter, new techy materials and build a frame that will last for the life of your riding ambitions. If you want a ride that is light and fast, keep the bike solid and focus on the rider...push away from the table a bit sooner at supper.
Solid advice, but I've always found it easier to spend cash on lighter parts that to resist a lonely piece of pie...know what I mean?