This past Friday, I discovered my right chainstay broke at the point where it tapers into the dropout. I've been informed that the frame (a 2006 Bianchi Volpe: my year-round commuter & sometimes touring bike) is under warranty. The shop which sold me the frame 5 yrs ago is sending it back to the manufacturer for replacement, minus all the components. Most likely it will be the current model of the frame according to the shop mechanic. The whole exchange could take a few weeks I've been told.
Under tight budget constraints (unemployed and changing careers), I'm planning the rebuild. Prior to the broken chainstay, I'd already ordered new drivetrain components and a new rear wheel (through another LBS) as these items had degraded to necessitate replacing sometime soon.
It occurs to me that I can buy a different frame (Soma, Salsa, Surly, etc...) and sell the replacement though I've not determined the cost of a new Volpe frame.
I guess I'm looking for thoughts or ideas from people who've experienced this sort of thing. Basically, I really liked the frame that I had. But the new version may have a different feel and not be as satisfying. Frankly, I don't know what to expect.