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Old 02-04-17, 07:42 PM
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Looking to buy a bike but has dent in top tube

Hi everyone, (im totally new to this)

Im looking to buy a cylcocross bike, its a Louis Garneau Steeple X Elite. It looks like a great deal but just found out it has a dent in the side of the top tube (aluminium with carbon rear triangle and fork). So im not sure if i should run away or if its just cosmetic and its still a decent deal??

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Old 02-04-17, 08:16 PM
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I'd value the frame at under $100 or virtually nothing. If the rest of the components are still a good deal then it might be worth it. It's probably safe to ride it just has little value.
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Old 02-04-17, 10:34 PM
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Not worth it. Unless it has excellent components that you can pull and transfer to another frame, pass on this.
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Old 02-04-17, 10:47 PM
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Thanks for the pics.
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Old 02-05-17, 07:00 AM
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how much is it going for$$
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Old 02-05-17, 08:44 AM
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I bought a cyclocross bike with a dent in the top tube and so far so good. It's been about a year.
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Old 02-05-17, 09:08 AM
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Very unlikely to cause any problems so if you plan to ride the bike rather than sell it to someone else I'd go for it. Probably a good bargaining chip to use to argue for an even lower price.
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Old 02-05-17, 09:11 AM
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You're buying somebody else's problem. I'd pass.
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Old 02-05-17, 09:38 AM
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That dent causes a stress riser which will significantly reduce the load bearing capacity of the top tube.
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Old 02-05-17, 10:36 AM
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Probably caused by somebody using a clamp improperly on a bike workstand. You should always clamp the bike seatpost to avoid this. I've seen many examples of this over the years. It shouldn't cause any significant loss of structural integrity. But, it will knock $100 off the price of any bike.
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Old 02-05-17, 11:46 AM
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If it was already your bike, I'd say not to worry about it. However, resale will be a serious problem - I wouldn't buy it unless very cheap.
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Old 02-05-17, 02:35 PM
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For riding that dent wouldn't stop me from buying the bike. Yeah re-sale would be poor, but as a rider I wouldnt have any issue with it. Bikes pick up up dings, dents and scratches..
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