I need advice now!

I need advice now!

Post by Ken in Alabam » Thu, 17 Dec 1998 04:00:00


I conducted a trade with another cyclist over the internet last week.
Yesterday I recieved the bike and the head tube had been dented.  The bike
is a 97 Trek 2300 carbon-fiber with polished aluminum lugs.  I purchased it
for my girlfriend to ride but since I also want her to become my wife one
day, it is my thinking that there may be some structural damage sufficient
to warrant concern.  Wouldn't an impact sufficient to damage this bikes head
tube also be sufficient enough to damage the bonded joint since it wasn't
designed with impacts like this in mind?  The bike was insured and I am just
wanting advice so I can file/not file a claim with confidence.
Thanks for your consideration
ken
 
 
 

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Post by Stefan Barniko » Thu, 17 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
> I purchased it
> for my girlfriend to ride but since I also want her to become my wife

Why does this make a difference?

Stefan

PS: Carbon fiber will break, not bend, so I'd expect that the head
tube is crackled on the inside, if it is fiber too.

 
 
 

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Post by Ken in Alabam » Thu, 17 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Pathetic attempt at humor...the head tube is an aluminum lug.  I thought
that I had read in a magazine that to ride dented aluminum is dangerous.?

 
 
 

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Post by Jon Isaa » Fri, 18 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>No carbon fiber bike is safe if it has been hit ANYWHERE hard enough to
>dent a casting like that. Perhaps there is no damage but I suggest that
>you can't tell. Catastrophic failure isn't something to play games with.

I would agree with Tom on this one.  The question I have is, who damaged the
frame, the original seller or the shipper?
 
 
 

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Post by Ken in Alabam » Fri, 18 Dec 1998 04:00:00

United Pathetic Service...They also crushed the Cannondale frame that I
traded for the Trek.  The Cannondale was inside of 2 boxes, each 1/4" thick
with padding on the frame.  The next time I trade I'll probably use plywood.
 
 
 

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Post by Paul Sel » Sat, 19 Dec 1998 04:00:00

I have a friend who just ran into a garage with a brand new Trek 5200!!!
Sent it back for full repair. They even xrayed the frame. Seems like
Trek has handled this type of thing before.
 
 
 

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Post by Bikefi » Tue, 22 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Carbon tubes are quite resilient. It is doubtful the joint is hurt.