Santa Cruz Bronson damaged by ax up for sale

Craigslist ad hawking hacked up enduro bike goes viral

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The axe doesn't lie.

The ax doesn’t lie.

We don’t know the whole story but this caught our attention today. A mountain biker from central New Jersey put his beautiful green carbon fiber Santa Cruz Bronson up for sale on Craigslist. You can see the full ad here.

The original ad from New Jersey

The original ad from New Jersey.

The thing is the frame is damaged. No, it wasn’t involved in a Red Bull Rampage style crash. It wasn’t driven into a low garage door. And it didn’t fall out of a bike rack and get run over by a semi-truck. The ad says the frame was destroyed by, “A crazy, ax-wielding girlfriend.”

The frame was targeted and the attacker did not miss.

The frame was targeted and the attacker did not miss.

It’s easy to suspect a hoax but looking at the detailed photographs closely, the story sounds legitimate. The strikes look like they were inflicted with a big ax. And the repeated blows indicate wrath and fury.

Now we’ve seen stories of where an infuriated partner destroys the subject’s most prized possession, usually a sports car or truck. But this is the first time we’ve seen such brutality taken out on a bike.

Seatstay did not escape.

The seatstay did not escape.

Santa Cruz Bicycles has an incredible warranty policy. We’re curious how they would handle this one. Any guesses?

The good news is this is nowhere as bad as the Lorena Bobbitt atrocity that occurred many years ago. That one set the bar high and is the stuff of legend, or nightmare. Details of the sordid affair are here.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Shark says:

    “other woman” is the poor bike. ouch.

  • Alex Maglione says:

    Santa Cruz will probably honor the LIFETIME warranty, they have for me :)

  • Juls says:

    I don’t think SC warranty covers ‘Crazy Axe-wielding ex’

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      >>I don’t think SC warranty covers ‘Crazy Axe-wielding ex’

      You’re assuming they broke up. Maybe that should be part of the warranty conditions. :)

  • LB says:

    Oh snap!!!!!!

  • Ben says:

    Makes you wonder how aluminum or steel would have stood up.

  • Jeff B says:

    Nice try but it wasn’t an ax, and it wasn’t to hurt someone. That was aimed 100% at that bike. Only the frame is damaged. Why not the wheels? Even the seat is fine. If you’ve ever really seen anyone use any bludgeoning weapon, everything gets smashed, crushed, bent and dented. The wheels, spokes, fork, handlebars, seat all look brand new. It was probably a sawzall. The “stripes” near a couple of the cuts are classic signs of slipping until the blade bites.

  • Bnystrom says:

    This story gives a whole new meaning to the term “whackjob”. Dude, get away from her NOW! This woman is clearly crazy – in more ways than one – and it’s just a matter of time until she hurts you or someone else seriously. Leave while you still can!

  • Josh R says:

    Clearly a JRA warranty.

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