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Originally Posted by youngalistai
i am in england dahon defiantly has a design a with cracking around sleeve on the seat post does not go low enough in frame with so much pressure on on it from all sizes of body somethings got to give! leading to in some cases sleeve on frame snapping off or cracking ive seen a a TR a much more expensive dahon model on e-bay with cracking problems and have read many complaints on forums.. as far as tern goes new yes frames were offered by tern but warranty didnt cover labour charges the forum i read the guy had to pay $120.00. steel frame tends to give more than alloy for distance and yes i am old person they also can be welded/brazed easily in most far off countries when seat post snaps
First : Everything on the Interweb is ALWAYS true....
Second : I can speak mainly for the US market only , but have insight in International comings and goings
Tern ..warranty replacement .. you might be talking aboy the guy who after thousands of miles was suggested to replace a few things on his bike. There was and is no cost to the consumer to either get a new bike for a very very good upgrade deal , and no cost to have the frame replaced under warranty. Its a huge pain for the dealer who works for a handout from Tern, but its free to the consumer. Also it seems to me that the large chain of dealers in the UK are not that much interested in following Tern explicite instructions and do a good service for their customers. ( looks to me that the decision to drop selling Terns didnt help their efforts either )
Here in the US nobody has been waiting for a new frame longer than a couple days due to shipping times to the dealer for example.
Dahon Speed TR ( steel frame by the way ..lol ) had a few cracked frames, mainly because people didnt observe the minimum insertion of the standard seatpost, or maximum weight which includes all the camping and touring gear people hang of the carriers. To my best knowledge these have been replaced at no charge some 5 or longer years ago. Keep in mind that Dahon makes about half a million bikes every year and hence the complaints are more visible due to the sheer amount of bikes out on the street .
Much luck with a welder who doesnt know anything about bicycles to fix anything on a frame.
Steel is NOT better than alloy in durability. The numbers just dont back this up.
Having said this, you do have all the right in the world about your opinion and taste, and your points are well taken, many others agree with you on steel versus alloy for example. Just let me give you my opinion as well and make sure that statements are not just sitting here forever and forever and dont get cleared up, or at least discussed.
There is after all a real world out there, besides the Internet.
Last edited by ThorUSA; 10-22-14 at 10:41 AM.