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After crash alignment

Postby bikesRfun » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:08 pm

Notice fork, stem, handlebar, tire alignment. Seat obviously not straightened after crash also.
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Re: After crash alignment

Postby wa_desert_rat » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:18 pm

I think I'd remove the handlebar from the head tube and remove the fork. Then I'd use another fork to see if that is also displaced. If it is, then the head tube is warped. If it's not then there is a chance that a new fork will bring your bike back to life. Fortunately new forks aren't all that expensive. You'll probably need a new head tube bearing, too.

Good luck. :)
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Re: After crash alignment

Postby bikesRfun » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:51 am

Thanks for the input. I didn't crash, a riding companion did. She hit hard enough to be knocked out briefly, then cough up blood briefly. We all thought it would be best to make a hospital run to get her checked. CT scan and xray looked OK. She got away with just a separated shoulder and bruises. And a bike that needs some fixing.
I did not see any damage to the carbon fiber frame.
What I could see is:
Seat damage.
Stem forced out of alignment.
Front rim severely bent.
Front tire flat.
Once that stuff is fixed, she could check the fork for smooth action or binding.
She may also take the bike to a shop and have the frame checked for alignment and derailer hanger too.
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Re: After crash alignment

Postby bikesRfun » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:03 am

This bike is a
2017 Scott spark contessa RC 700
I could tell by the frame and components (Fox, XTR, Sram XO) it was costly.
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Re: After crash alignment

Postby dddd » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:25 pm

I would first check from the side view whether the two fork legs are still parallel. From there, I would get the rim straightened or replaced and take it from there.

The stem clamping on the fork steer tube is meant to "give" in a crash situation, so that any damaging level of force is relieved by slippage. You should be able to literally loosen the (two) clamping bolts and twist the stem back into alignment with a good straight front wheel, then tighten the bolts and examine/test from there.
I also recommend that an experienced bike mechanic have a look at it before putting this bike back into service.
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Re: After crash alignment

Postby bikesRfun » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:13 am

Sounds like good advice. I will tell her.
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