Photo submitted by Brian Hackathorne, “Alex Petkus on the podium from our Hell Hole Gravel Grind Sunday stage. He didn’t have a great finish, but did come away with an awesome story.”

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  1. ^Strange, but it seems to be an alloy cyclocross bike. Fatigue life can be a surprise if you’re not expecting it. Glad he’s in one piece.

  2. yea that’s an alloy frame. This is the problem with older alloy frames – WHEN (not if) they fail, they tend to fail catastrophically.

    also they’re not repairable. Carbon frames actually are.

  3. Agree with the last two guys, it’s just an old alloy bike that has been ridden hard for a long time and finally gave up. I had an alloy bladed fork give up in just the same way not long ago… needless to say the bike was from an era when alloy bladed forks were a thing.

  4. That was an old Redline with the stickers removed. It was several years old, and he bought it used. He borrowed a CX bike from me before he bought the now dead one. There are some better pictures on social media that make it look like a folded bike. I now need to go check every bike of mine he has borrowed from me to ride.

What do you think?