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Dahon Jetstream EX: Frame slightly bent. Return it?

Old 11-27-11, 01:06 PM
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Dahon Jetstream EX: Frame slightly bent. Return it?

Yesterday evening I noticed (rather: was alerted by my eagle-eyed wife) that the main tube of my new Dahon Jetstream EX looks a bit odd.

The reason is that the main tube in front of the hinge is very, very slightly bent to the left, banana shaped if you will, when you look from the top.

You hardly see it with the naked eye, but the reflections in the hi-gloss coat show that the tube has a concave area, and when you hold a ruler to the left side of the tube, it will touch the tube in two different places, with a gap inbetween that is some 1/32" wide. It touches the right side of the tube only at one single point, because the right side is perfectly convex.

There are also (hardly visible) circular tool marks under the paint, so my hypothesis at this point is: The hinge was possibly welded to the tube at a slightly wrong angle, so they bent the tube afterwards to "rectify" the situation.

I can return the bike to the dealer for a full refund. My question to you is: Would you return the bike, or would you accept its slight (?) imperfection without feeling the least bit annoyed?

Thanks for your time and opinions
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Old 11-27-11, 03:25 PM
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I would return it because it would bother me.
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Old 11-27-11, 07:01 PM
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return it with no hesitation and get a new one - but make sure you check the frame this time.
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Old 11-28-11, 12:34 AM
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Thank you

Dynocoaster, vmaniqui: Thank you for your feedback.

I'm not always sure whether I'm overly critical or fussy, and it's helpful to have a kind of reality check there.
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Old 11-28-11, 09:43 AM
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send it to me .... we dont have ex Jetstreams since years in the US ....
I might keep it for myself or sell it to a customer ... while explaining that all ex frames have a very small idention where the handlebost would otherwise touch the frame .....


I am just guessing, but they are other frames who have this ...from the factory ...

just saying ....
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