Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Diego
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac Pro
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Frame dent=not safe to ride
My Specialized Roubaix has a dent close to the bottom bracket on the outside of the chainstay. It had obviously been caused by a dropped chain. I took the bike to the Specialized dealer where I bought the bike and they said it "should be OK to ride". Not too convinced about this I took it to Specialized dealer #2. They were much more doubtful and suggested that the Specialized rep take a look at it next time he comes by. So I just got the call from the shop, that the rep had recommended against riding it anymore
The dent is about 2 mm in diameter, round and almost 1 mm deep. I know it is hard for anyone here to judge the severity of this but I am just wondering if the rep said this due to liability issues and being overly cautious (sorry I have no pictures).
The shop suggested a possible repair by Calfee, who apparently does these things and secondly a new frame from Specialized under their crash replacement program that discounts frames about 30%.
It is pretty easy to put dents into carbon frames and I started to think of the possibilities of something similar happening to more expensive carbon frames. I have been happy with this bike, but now I feel luke warm to bying another carbon frame at all.
I would appreciate any opinions with regard to the necessity of repair/new frame or go with other materials. So much for looking forward to the rides during the upcoming holiday