bicycle frame repair

I have a cannondale tig welded aluminum frame that is cracked. Can I safely TIG repair the frame without heat treating it?

John (Miller Dynasty 300)

Reply to
John Jacob
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Contact Cannondale, they might offer to fix it for free and correctly.

Reply to
Jeff Burke

Don't do it, John. The heat treating recipe for large diameter, thin-walled aluminum tubes is not simple, was worked out over a lot of trials. Cannondale produced many warped frames to learn how to do it.

If you don't heat treat it, it will probably quickly break, resulting in expensive dental work or worse.

Cannandale is pretty good at standing behind their products, but good luck if you are not the original owner. Rather than repair, they give you a new frame, and you have to swap the components. Some manufacturers want you to cut out the bottom bracket of the frame on which you are making a warranty claim.


Reply to
Ted Bennett

It is possible, but the frame will not be as strong as original.

Not sure on the alloys they use, but they are heat-treated frames, so you would have to re-heat-treat the frame to restore the factory strength. When you weld heat treated alloys, like 6061-T6, the welded area will be at around a T2 after the weld. Over time 6061 will precipitation harden back to around a T5, after about 3-4 weeks, but it can't get back to a T6 without a complex series of heatings and coolings in a computer controlled furnace.

So if you choose to weld the frame I would recommend not riding it for a month.

Reply to
Ernie Leimkuhler

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