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I Love Trek and I'm Full Carbon Baby!

Old 10-10-11, 06:44 PM
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I Love Trek and I'm Full Carbon Baby!

Cool deal! I was on the road driving my truck when I got the call. Like a good cyclist and driver, I pulled over to the side of the road to answer my phone. Park and truck engine off ha ha! It was Victor from Jax in Claremont where I had made my "broken Lemond" claim. Holy smokes, a Madone! I went from all aluminum to partial carbon to full carbon. From an $1100 Tourmalet to the frame of a Chambery ($2100 bike) then to a Madone 4.7 ($3100 bike). Thanks Victor for hooking me up with some good friendly service!

Being a dude from the poor side of the track, my money means plenty to me. So when I spend dough on a bike, it's got to be covered. Other than the "fits like a glove" feeling I got with my first Trek back in 96, I love the "lifetime" warranty. I ride my bikes every chance I get so knowing stuff happens, I want to be covered. Being a big dude I figured aluminum was the right choice back in the day. But after 13,000 miles, my first Lemond snapped. Bummer but Trek replaced it and upgraded the frame free of charge. 14,000 miles later, this Chambery frame snapped. Bummer but it wasn't he carbon that snapped, again, at one of the very minimal sections constructed of aluminum. OK, now I'm bummed because if I get a full aluminum frame, I just might sell it and buy an old steel bike as a beater. I keep my Cannondale as an organized ride bike because it's outfitted with better components.

But hey, this one is full carbon, I'll give it a try! Since I am past that "lighter bikes are faster on the climbs", I will switch the wheels around from my Cannondale to the Trek so that the colors match but I will use the same components till they wear, then upgrade if needed. But other than that, I'll just ride the darn thing without weight and speed concerns. So no fancy stuff going on here. Heck, I'll still be the dude rolling up GMR with Deep V's and Armadillos even though it's full carbon.

Well either way, I'm riding it and I'll find out for myself if carbon lasts under big guys! I do need to get a headset and new cables so it will be a couple of weeks to build but I'm in no rush.

Plus, let me say thanks to a forum member who I won't name (I think he's somewhat shy cause he avoids pics and videos ha ha!) But the other day I received a few messages asking if he could help in any way as he had some friends in high places. They don't tell me much at the shop but if the member had a hand in it, thanks a million! Thanks your friends and most of all, thanks to Trek for standing behind their word. I've never had a hassle making a claim and have been treated like gold in the end! Last time it was BikeDork lending a hand (he had connections at the time), this time, unless he wants his name revealed, I won't but thanks for anything you did to help out.

Thank you Trek! I have several Trek bikes and as original owner of them all, I really appreciate the lifetime warranty and most of all, happy that you stand behind your words! I know I keep coming out on top!

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Old 10-10-11, 06:54 PM
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Dang Beanz! You're not going to know what to doing with yourself after you get on that bike! You're going to have to trade in the orange jersey for at least a red one! I may have to come down there with my Zipps just so you can have the complete experience! Congratulations on moving up-town!
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Originally Posted by Homeyba
Dang Beanz! You're not going to know what to doing with yourself after you get on that bike! You're going to have to trade in the orange jersey for at least a red one! I may have to come down there with my Zipps just so you can have the complete experience! Congratulations on moving up-town!
Ha ha, bummer, now I'll have to ditch my yellow and blue jerseys for red or black. ( Back in Black).
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That's awesome... Congrats
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Congrats, Beanz! Nice frame!

When the frame of my ca. 1990 Trek 1500 broke after 8 or 9 years of riding, they replaced it for free, including the labor for moving the components over. The new frame was still aluminum, though. Regardless, I've always been happy with their customer service.
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Very nice - great deal and good karma for Trek!
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very nice, you will enjoy that frame.. The new carbon frames are pretty stout and you will love the stiffness..
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Jealous, wish one of my older bikes would break to test the Cannondale warranty. Just out of curiosity, is the bottom bracket the same for switching over cranks?
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Thanks guys!

Yeah, Trek is awesome when it coces to customer service. I don't care what sketchy forum stories and posters say. If you are the original owner and have a legit claim, they take care of you no questions asked!

The frame was chosen so that my current components would all swap straight over with the exception of the headset due to the oversized area. A plus for me, should be stronger!
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A few years back when my Titanium Colnago frame broke at a weld they gave me a C-40HP as a replacement. I haven't looked back. Good companies and bike shops are worth supporting. Can't wait to hear how you like your new ride!
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Congrats on the new whip, looks sweet. And you'll be fine on it, carbon fiber composites are strong.

And seeing your frame history of aluminum frame cracks at 10k+ miles, carbon is good for you because is has an infinite fatigue life.

Aluminum will ALWAYS fail due to fatigue, eventually, if it doesn't fail from something else first. Doesn't matter what you do, it will eventually fail due to fatigue. Not so with carbon.
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Hey Beanz, we didn't get our weekly SART video yet. Put the frame down and post it already.
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Congrats on the new whip, looks sweet. And you'll be fine on it, carbon fiber composites are strong.

And seeing your frame history of aluminum frame cracks at 10k+ miles, carbon is good for you because is has an infinite fatigue life.

Aluminum will ALWAYS fail due to fatigue, eventually, if it doesn't fail from something else first. Doesn't matter what you do, it will eventually fail due to fatigue. Not so with carbon.

The one thing that impresses me is the size of the BB area and head tube. If the alum frames had been that OS, I'd have had a little more faith.

If I honestly had to buy a new bike, I might go for somethng like the Giant. I love tha massive HT and BB area.

I know lots of riders say big guys shouldn't do carbon but I've never had a carbon fiber fork fail, or seat post (Lemond). Heck, not costing me anything to find out.
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This is really going to put a dent in your "my wife has a nicer bike than me" claims...
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I was shopping for an aluminum 105 level bike when the salesman said "Ride this Madone 4.5 and see if you can tell the difference." 1/4 mile later I was trying to find a reason not to be a Fred (slow guy on fast bike). I loved the dampening on the oil and chip roads I ride. If you don't already have one I'd suggest getting a 1/4" drive torque wrench. Carbon has a totally different feel when tightening screws.
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Congrats Mr. Beanz ! Enjoy the new rig.
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dayum!

Congrats Beans!

My lowly 1.2 is roughly the same color scheme, so I have insta-lust for your new bike
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That looks like a sweet frame, Beanz! I'm looking forward to seeing pics of it built up, leaning on the side of a road most of the way up a mountain.

You have a torque wrench, right?

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1/4 mile later I was trying to find a reason not to be a Fred (slow guy on fast bike).
That's a poseur, not a fred.
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This is really going to put a dent in your "my wife has a nicer bike than me" claims...
That's funny! Gina was telling me the same thing.
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I was shopping for an aluminum 105 level bike when the salesman said "Ride this Madone 4.5 and see if you can tell the difference." 1/4 mile later I was trying to find a reason not to be a Fred (slow guy on fast bike). I loved the dampening on the oil and chip roads I ride. If you don't already have one I'd suggest getting a 1/4" drive torque wrench. Carbon has a totally different feel when tightening screws.
Thanks for the heads up. Yeah, I'm curious as to how much difference I will notice in the ride. If it is what I've heard so far, should be NICE.
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Congrats Mr. Beanz ! Enjoy the new rig.
I will!
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That looks like a sweet frame, Beanz! I'm looking forward to seeing pics of it built up, leaning on the side of a road most of the way up a mountain.

You have a torque wrench, right?



That's a poseur, not a fred.

Thanks! I don't have one but I will be sure to get one.
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Thanks! I don't have one but I will be sure to get one.
Are you going to build the bike up yourself? If not, this guy is about $15, because it only works on your handlebars and stem, and possibly your seat post:

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Are you going to build the bike up yourself?
I have a bud (Alan) that does his own all the time. He has all the tools and offered help and tools if I am missing something.

Also a motorcycle mechanic for years with Yamaha.

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