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Old 11-19-11, 01:17 PM   #101
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We, unfortunately, have to keep going to different ones until we hit one with the right solution.
That can be expensive. Especially when the shop you purchased the bike from will at least try fixes for free, whereas any other shop you take it to will probably charge you at minimum $20-$30 each time you bring it in. And if there are parts involved, it can get pretty expensive.
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Old 11-19-11, 02:32 PM   #102
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Sknhgy, now is the time to take the LBS and Specialized to small claims court!
Jeez, dude, that's your first answer for everything, isn't it? It must suck to be so hostile every day.
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Old 11-19-11, 05:15 PM   #103
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I've been reading more reviews:
http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/xc-har...6_1527crx.aspx
I don't get it. Do people go out and spend $700 to $800 on a bike and then spend another several hundred dollars just to get it to function properly? Before I bought this bike the most I ever spent on an mtb was $300 new. None of my other bikes had funtional problems. I've had things wear out, but I've never had a bike not function properly from the start. For some reason people don't seem to mind having to upgrade components on these Rockhoppers in order to get them to work. At least that's what I get from reading the reviews.
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Old 11-19-11, 05:28 PM   #104
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That can be expensive. Especially when the shop you purchased the bike from will at least try fixes for free, whereas any other shop you take it to will probably charge you at minimum $20-$30 each time you bring it in. And if there are parts involved, it can get pretty expensive.
Yes, it can be expensive. It can also be very frustrating. And that's why quite a few cyclists learn how to build and maintain their own bicycles rather than trusting them to expensive but unqualified mechanics.

There was another thread going recently where a guy asked what it took to become a bicycle mechanic, and I replied that it didn't take much ... but to become a really good one, he should take some courses and put some effort into it. I listed some courses as examples. He didn't seem all that interested, but anyone can take those courses whether you want to work in a bicycle shop or not, and I strongly recommend taking bicycle maintenance and repair courses so you can fix your own bicycles.
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Old 11-19-11, 05:55 PM   #105
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Yes, it can be expensive. It can also be very frustrating. And that's why quite a few cyclists learn how to build and maintain their own bicycles rather than trusting them to expensive but unqualified mechanics.
Exactly, which is probably why the OP didn't want to go elsewhere. I'd probably have pursued the same course, asking for a refund. I wouldn't want to pay for someone else's mistake. However, as I get older, I accept that there are times we are just going to have to pay for other people's mistakes. So at some point, I probably would have called it a loss and tried to get it fixed elsewhere. But regardless, I can understand the OP's reluctance.
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