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Old 11-17-11, 01:07 PM   #1
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Dinged frame, ouch!

I'm not sure where to post this, cause it doesn't seem like a specifically Bike Mechanic question, so I'm posting it here.

I went out to my bike this morning to get ready for work and found it laying over on its side. I had leaned it up against the garage door, and it was quite windy last night, so I guess it fell over. Anyway, it also appears to have dinged the top tube. It's about a nickle-sized ding and about 1/8" of an inch at it's deepest point. The bike is a 2010 Jamis Aurora Elite, and it's frame is made from Reynolds 631.

I can provide a picture later today, but do I need to think about replacing the frame? If so, will Jamis likely let me buy a replacement frame under their crash replacement warranty?

I'm very disappointed!
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Its steel. I'd just keep riding it.
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Old 11-17-11, 02:42 PM   #3
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Thanks Berg, I just didn't want to be riding something that was unsafe.

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Thanks Berg, I just didn't want to be riding something that was unsafe.

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I'd ride it, but at the same time I'd look into whether or not Jamis would be willing to replace it.
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Old 11-17-11, 03:10 PM   #5
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I'd ride it, but at the same time I'd look into whether or not Jamis would be willing to replace it.
I emailed Jamis and I've emailed my old bike shop to inquire about how much it'd cost to replace. I have absolutely no idea how much the frameset would cost, especially since they don't sell that frameset alone. They charge $1300 for the Eclipse framset alone, and that bike goes for $3400 fully loaded and has Ultegra components on it. The Aurora Elite has 5700 level components and it goes for $1600. A 5700 group costs about $800 and a 6700 costs about $1500- I know that the manufacturers aren't paying retail for the groups, but it gives me as good a point of reference that I can get. And I'm going to assume that the markup on 6700 is about the same as 5700- probably not true, but it's the best I can do atm.

So for the Eclipse:
$3400 base price - $1300 for the frame - $1500 for the groupset = $600 for the rest of the bike

And yes, I realize that it's not $600 profit, cause there are other components, like handle bars, seats, tires, tubes, wheels, etc, but if we use this as a ball park figure for the Aurora Elite then I can calculate approximately how much the frame should cost.

From the Aurora Elite
$1600 (bike) - $800 (group) = $1000

$1000 - $600 = $400 for the frame.

K, that seems a bit low to me, but probably not off by a lot, so maybe $500 for the frame- with 25% off for crash replacement, it'd bring me to between $300 and $375 for a replacement frame, excluding shipping and assembly costs.

Hmm.
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That's a lot of math to calculate a price that was probably based on a marketing decision and not on actual material and labour costs.

However, if I were you I would have no reservations about riding a steel frame with a dent as you desribed. I guarantee* it won't be a problem.


*Guarantee will not be honoured
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I have to admit that a steel frame that would get that big a ding from just falling over gives me pause. Kinda scary.
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Its steel. I'd just keep riding it.
FWIW, so would I. From your description, it doesn't sound like a problem
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I have to admit that a steel frame that would get that big a ding from just falling over gives me pause. Kinda scary.
Well, it fell over and the top tube struck a concrete footing in the garage, the ding didn't happen just because it fell over.

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FWIW, so would I. From your description, it doesn't sound like a problem
I don't think it is either, but at the same time knowing it's there bothers me. Yes, I know I'm neurotic.

Here's a link to some photos I took of it tonight.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/6180811...7628076636351/
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