Slight deflection of boom tube. Difficult to photograph, and not very noticeable, but I wouldn't want it getting any worse.
It is more scuff than dent.
This shows the damage as a small dent.
This is the aluminum piece after cutting, drilling, and a quick coat of spray paint.
This is the finished installed version. Finish is crude due to excess contact cement on the surface with paint. As it is the underside of the bike I am not worried. This is a squirrel's eye view (shot with bike mounted upside down on work stand).
Squirrel's eye view.
Unit installed, bike upsidedown in stand. Note that KB does not make broad contact with plate due to thickness of plate. When neoprene compresses, situation improves.
If Xtracycle ever adopts this design--use of a bracket on the frame rather than just a pad on the top of the KB--the geometry of the KB will need to be modified to accommodate the thickness of the plate...
This shows the bike actually resting on the stand. As more weight is brought to bear, the neoprene becomes compressed so that more of the surface of the KB makes contact with the aluminum plate. I don't like that the entire surface of the KB doesn't make contact, but the aluminum is stiff enough to distribute the load.
As before, bike on stand. Were the KB designed for a plate like this, it would be a bit longer and rest flat on the plate. I think that rather than the felt pad, Xtracycle should make a cast or stamped aluminum plate with pad, concave for the boom tube and bridge, and attached like this. I think it would perform better. The added weight is trivial. Don't know cost.