I have an issue with my Scott CR1 Team which I would appreciate all your feedback on.
I bought the bike used in September 2008. I believe it is either a 2006 or 2007 model. It was, and still is, an immaculate bike. Before buying this bike I had been riding a late 80's vintage aluminum Cannondale with Suntour index shifting components. So, a carbon fiber bike with Dura Ace components was a quantum leap for me. Shortly after buying it I had an accident (not bike related) that kept me off the bike for the entire 2009 summer season. So, I have only put about 1200 miles on it, most of them on the trainer. Recently the bottom bracket started creaking. Thinking it just needed some maintenance, I brought it to my local mechanic. To make a long story short, he determined the issue had something to do with the frame. He theorized that the aluminum sleeve inside the carbon fiber shell was loose inside the bottom bracket. But he didn't know exactly how the sleeve was bonded to the carbon fiber. And, at any rate, he had no way to fix it.
I called Scott to see if they could offer any suggestions. I had to call three times before finally speaking with somebody. (I left voice mails the first two times. The calls were never returned.) When I did finally connect with them they confirmed my mechanic's theory was exactly right, and it was a known issue with these bikes. But, because I was not the original owner, there was nothing they could do to help me. At one point, they suggested that the cause could be related to somebody over tightening the bottom bracket. But, given that they knew this was a issue, I am a little bit skeptical that overzealous mechanics were the sole reason for the issue.
Scott suggested Calfee could repair the bike by removing the original sleeve and inserting a new one. I did contact them and they confirmed they could fix it. It will end up costing about $400 for the sleeve replacement, repainting, and shipping.
I have a few questions.
> Should I be upset about this? I've tried searching the forum for others having similar issues. I couldn't find anything. Is this just bad luck on my part? Should I chalk this up to carbon fiber? I did find lots of debates on the pros and cons of this material. I don't think this would have happened on any metal frame as there would not be a sleeve.
> Could I have done anything to cause this? I've weighed in as much as 260 pounds at times when riding. So, I'm very heavy by cycling standards. But, I wouldn't expect this to cause this type of issue.
> Does anybody have any experience with this sort of fix? I've read nothing but good things about Calfee. So, I feel confident in them. But it would help to hear from somebody who had this same fix done.