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Old 08-30-08, 11:13 AM   #1
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Another installment of: Does this dent look bad?

Bought this Cannondale R400 from a guy knowing that the dent was there, paid only what the parts were worth excluding value of frame.
Dent is located on non driveside chainstay. Pictures here:

Question is, would you consider this frame still safe?

Im questioning whether to sell the bike complete in "as is" condition disclosing the dent or consider the dent too serious and strip the parts off the frame and be done with it

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Old 08-30-08, 11:21 AM   #2
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Judging by the looks of the rim in the background I'm guessing this is a road bike.

Along with that the dent is on a tube where the primary load is a tensile one so there's very little risk of any weakening due to the dent being in a manner that will matter. If that dent was on a seat stay tube I'd say the compressive forces at work there would mean that this dent is serious but being on a chain stay where the tube is being stretched it's a minor issue at most and likely not a factor at all as long as cracking of the metal doesn't start up at some point.

Mind you any buyer would expect to get the bike for the same sort of deal that you got. It's a very noticable dent and most folks would see this as a frame that is ready to fall apart and would pretty much discount the frame as being just something to hold the parts together until they get home. So if you bought the bike just to resell I think you're not going to make enough out of it to be worth the trouble.
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I would not consider the dent to be that bad and would ride it myself. If you decide to sell the components instead of the complete bike, consider shipping the frame to me!
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Perfectly safe tooling 'round town, low-medium intensity ridding. Going down a big hill @50 mph, mhhh.... no opinion.
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