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Shimano Di2 rear derailleur disaster

matthewwardmatthewward Posts: 6
edited December 2013 in Workshop
So, had an absolute disaster today. Bought a new bike last weekend. Stevens Xenon Di2 cost £2000 in the sale (reduced from £2700).

First ride today, 37 minutes in and i was going up a short climb. Climbing out of the saddle in 34-something (middle of casette somewhere) then sat down and tried to change down a couple of gears (i.e. easier) to spin up the rest of the climb. As i shifted the rear derailleur clicked a few times and then sheared off the frame, hitting and cracking the right seatstay. I.e. rear mech and frame a write off. Picture attached.



Has anyone had any similar experiences?

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  • extrusionextrusion Posts: 247
    yes
  • If it's that new and you haven't dropped it or adjusted anything then take it back to the bike shop. It's possible the limit screw wasn't set correctly and the mech went into the spokes. Was this from Hargroves Cycles, I think they are the importer for Stevens bikes? They're local to me and my experience is that they are a good bike shop and should treat you fairly.
  • .. Odd the drop out is attached with a bit of the mech still on it?
  • @extrusion - any more details? what happened etc? also was the frame damaged?
    @arthur - have returned it to where it came from (rather not say where at the moment) - fingers crossed! Thanks for the support
  • .. Odd the drop out is attached with a bit of the mech still on it?

    It just kind of exploded! i found a small piece of metal on the other side of the road which i think came from where the mech was attached to the bit thats still in place (if that makes sense)
  • spasypaddyspasypaddy Posts: 5,179
    mine did the same this morning...
    IMG-20131009-WA0001_zps66d6f57b.jpg

    however i had quite a big spill on sunday evening where i landed on the mech after clipping a kerb and then a wall. bike was ridden home gently as i was in no fit state but then not ridden for two days. Then this morning after 3 miles it went.
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Those pics seem horribly similar. Wonder if there's a weak spot in the rear derailleur design?
  • dennisndennisn Posts: 10,569
    spasypaddy wrote:
    mine did the same this morning...
    IMG-20131009-WA0001_zps66d6f57b.jpg

    however i had quite a big spill on sunday evening where i landed on the mech after clipping a kerb and then a wall.

    I think your statement that you "...had quite a big spill.....landed on the mech..." pretty much solves the mystery of why that happened.
  • spasypaddyspasypaddy Posts: 5,179
    dennisn wrote:
    I think your statement that you "...had quite a big spill.....landed on the mech..." pretty much solves the mystery of why that happened.
    well yes, thats why i posted that bit of information. Thought it was very relevant.

    im not questioning why it failed, not in this instance.

    Im just annoyed that the mech hanger snap first or the di2 crash protection didnt kick in.

    I am replacing the mech hanger, mech and chain.
  • dennisndennisn Posts: 10,569
    spasypaddy wrote:
    dennisn wrote:
    I think your statement that you "...had quite a big spill.....landed on the mech..." pretty much solves the mystery of why that happened.


    Im just annoyed that the mech hanger snap first or the di2 crash protection didnt kick in.

    I'm totally sympathetic to your plight and in a perfect world everything works exactly as it should, but when you hit the deck on the rear mech side, well, all bets are off.
  • crankycrankcrankycrank Posts: 1,830
    If it's that new and you haven't dropped it or adjusted anything then take it back to the bike shop. It's possible the limit screw wasn't set correctly and the mech went into the spokes. Was this from Hargroves Cycles, I think they are the importer for Stevens bikes? They're local to me and my experience is that they are a good bike shop and should treat you fairly.
    This^^^. Simple solution is take it back to the shop where you bought it and give them a chance to fix it. Doesn't matter how good the mechanics are, mistakes in setup can happen. If you feel they don't treat you well report back here.
  • spasypaddyspasypaddy Posts: 5,179
    dennisn wrote:
    spasypaddy wrote:
    dennisn wrote:
    I think your statement that you "...had quite a big spill.....landed on the mech..." pretty much solves the mystery of why that happened.


    Im just annoyed that the mech hanger snap first or the di2 crash protection didnt kick in.

    I'm totally sympathetic to your plight and in a perfect world everything works exactly as it should, but when you hit the deck on the rear mech side, well, all bets are off.
    yes but the metal exploded. i havent even removed it yet from my bike but i'll get some photos next week of how it has exploded
  • ricey155ricey155 Posts: 233
    Gutted for ya, hope it gets sorted out FAST !!

    might put my new bike on hold for a while after seeing the DI2 fail that badly.
  • Mine is all sorted. Shimano replaced the rear mech and bike shop replaced the frame.

    Fingers crossed for the future!
  • Mine is all sorted. Shimano replaced the rear mech and bike shop replaced the frame.

    Fingers crossed for the future!

    Great result! Are you happy to name the shop now, seems like they deserve some kudos as well as the big S?
  • Yes. It was hargroves cycles in totton (southampton).

    Many thanks to the guys in there and especially to the manager Russ.

    Sadly i'm now off the bike for 6 weeks with a slipped disc! Can't get a break hey!
  • what a bummer :( best wishes for a speedy recovery.
  • I had a very similar incident...

    I was hit by another cyclist who t-boned my shoulder/right hand side a few weeks back and unbeknown to me at the time he must have also made contact with my rear mech.

    I took an initial look at the bike and couldn't see any damage so we both went on our way and about 5 miles later I was riding up a hill and hear a horrid crack and snap and ground to a halt.

    There was my rear mech; lodged in my rear wheel completely ripped off like yours. I took the bike to the LBS to replace the di2 mech and spokes and they took a look at the side of the chain stay and there was a unrepairable crack in it.

    Focus sent me a replacement frame through their crash replacement service at 50% discount which arrived on Tuesday.
  • dwanesdwanes Posts: 954
    Does anyone feel as though it was down to Di?
    I know things can go wrong with Mechanical derailleurs, but I imagine Di can be more sensitive to Knocks and maybe less warning to potential problems?
    These are the kind of things why I stick with mechanical. (and Di is just adding to the troubleshooting list at the back of the instruction manual)
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    From these photos / descriptions it does appear that the rear mech is breaking before the mech hanger. Can't remember many cases of mechanical mechs doing the same.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 9,083
    keef66 wrote:
    From these photos / descriptions it does appear that the rear mech is breaking before the mech hanger. Can't remember many cases of mechanical mechs doing the same.

    Do Shimano recommend a beefier hanger for Di2?* If they do, then maybe some Di2 specific hangers are actually too beefy?

    *I imagine that a Di2 mech moves with more force than a mechanical mech?
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  • So, had an absolute disaster today. Bought a new bike last weekend. Stevens Xenon Di2 cost £2000 in the sale (reduced from £2700).

    First ride today, 37 minutes in and i was going up a short climb. Climbing out of the saddle in 34-something (middle of casette somewhere) then sat down and tried to change down a couple of gears (i.e. easier) to spin up the rest of the climb. As i shifted the rear derailleur clicked a few times and then sheared off the frame, hitting and cracking the right seatstay. I.e. rear mech and frame a write off. Picture attached.



    Has anyone had any similar experiences?

    limit screw not adjusted or der hanger bent..shop issue, poorly set up unless you fell down and bent the der hanger.
  • deswellerdesweller Posts: 5,175
    oldpotatoe wrote:
    So, had an absolute disaster today. Bought a new bike last weekend. Stevens Xenon Di2 cost £2000 in the sale (reduced from £2700).

    First ride today, 37 minutes in and i was going up a short climb. Climbing out of the saddle in 34-something (middle of casette somewhere) then sat down and tried to change down a couple of gears (i.e. easier) to spin up the rest of the climb. As i shifted the rear derailleur clicked a few times and then sheared off the frame, hitting and cracking the right seatstay. I.e. rear mech and frame a write off. Picture attached.



    Has anyone had any similar experiences?

    limit screw not adjusted or der hanger bent..shop issue, poorly set up unless you fell down and bent the der hanger.

    Do you get limit screws on Di2?
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  • Exact same thing happened to me in October too. New bike (probably ridden 150 miles), cruising along about 35kmh, then bang- it shears off. The mech ended up jammed between spokes, and the chain had dropped between the cassette and wheel and jammed. Thankfully it's an Alloy frame so that only suffered cosmetic scratches.

    I returned it (in pieces) and the bent chain to Canyon, who sent it on to Madison (the UK Shimano distributor) for analysis to decide whether it would come under the warranty claim. They rejected the warranty processing as they believe the mech failed as a result of either impact (not true) or incorrect adjustment of the limit screws and B tension screw (both of which I'd presumed Canyon had set up before dispatch so foolishly didn't bother checking).

    Despite the mech not being covered under warranty, Canyon kindly sent a new one (maybe guilt?). But because I had removed the plastic guard cassette protector (and forgot to put it back on before taking the warranty claim photos), Canyon didn't cover any the collateral damage that included hub damage from chain, bent spokes, wheel untrue and questionable damage to frame.

    IMO I reckon there is a design flaw in the body of the Di2 mechs because ours have all snapped in exactly the same spot and left behind the tension spring and hanger bolt. Forces are obviously a lot greater in the electronic mechs and Shimano have perhaps not yet got the engineering spot on.
  • keef66 wrote:
    From these photos / descriptions it does appear that the rear mech is breaking before the mech hanger. Can't remember many cases of mechanical mechs doing the same.

    I (and a few others) had a Campagnolo Xenon rear mech do exactly the same thing as the OP's so it can happen to mechanical and electronic components. There's no difference to the strain on the rear, the only difference is an electric motor shifts the mech.
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    The difference being a Xenon mech is £30 to replace, not £300...
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
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