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Old 03-31-11, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by roadwarrior
Remember, these bikes are torn down and rebuilt every day.
Out of curiosity: Really? How far torn down and rebuilt? What_is_ the maintenance schedule on a pro-machine (ridden by a pro...not the carbon fiber waif in my basement...)?
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My experience with Trek was different
They warrantied a crack in frame near seatpost
Never asked if I was original owner and I never registered the bike with them
My LBS helped with this and called his rep
So maybe inside help would get this done
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In case you were wondering, Trek won't warranty the paint even if you are the original owner, even if it flakes off in big chunks.

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Originally Posted by caloso
In case you were wondering, Trek won't warranty the paint even if you are the original owner, even if it flakes off in big chunks.

That's pretty bad. When did the flaking begin?
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A couple of years ago. It started at the ends of the seat stays, then at the brake cable bosses. One of these days I'll just have it stripped and clearcoated. The frame is fine, but it looks like ass.
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Old 03-31-11, 11:07 PM
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I've seen that peeling paint on old Treks before. Same thing on Chevy Corsicas

Originally Posted by Pedaleur
Out of curiosity: Really? How far torn down and rebuilt? What_is_ the maintenance schedule on a pro-machine (ridden by a pro...not the carbon fiber waif in my basement...)?
I knew a pro tour mechanic (7-11) and he didn't rebuild bikes monthly, let alone daily. Here's a more recent example: https://www.bicycle.net/2008/life-as-...-team-mechanic
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
I've seen that peeling paint on old Treks before. Same thing on Chevy Corsicas



I knew a pro tour mechanic (7-11) and he didn't rebuild bikes monthly, let alone daily. Here's a more recent example: https://www.bicycle.net/2008/life-as-...-team-mechanic
Cool. Funny that they change the bar tape as often as the chain.

Explain this:

"-Wind bar tape inwards. This means the pulling on the tape tightens. It is crucial to have no gaps, its like a novice (chain ring) mark on a guys leg."

I've always wrapped starting outwards over the top of the bar end (right side is clockwise when looking from the back). Of course I never leave gaps, but do I still look like an amateur?

And, on topic, will it void my warranty? :-)
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no pictures as yet, but my teammate got his frame back from Calfee. Repair successful. He paid for a paint job repair as well so it looks pretty seamless, although the carbon they spliced in is a different weave and you can see that.

I think it was 400 bucks for the repair.

He is still holding firm on never buying another Trek, after 15 of them.
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Old 04-04-11, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Pedaleur
Cool. Funny that they change the bar tape as often as the chain.

Explain this:

"-Wind bar tape inwards. This means the pulling on the tape tightens. It is crucial to have no gaps, it’s like a novice (chain ring) mark on a guy’s leg."

I've always wrapped starting outwards over the top of the bar end (right side is clockwise when looking from the back). Of course I never leave gaps, but do I still look like an amateur?

And, on topic, will it void my warranty? :-)
I think the tape stays put longer if it comes across the top toward you on the bar tops, since the inclination is to tighten it when holding onto the tops. I've always had mine this way, but I've seen bikes come from Specialized and Trek going the other way. I think it's just the preference of the builder. Might be kind of funny to do the left one way and the right the other way. That would only void half your warranty (the left half, presumably).

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no pictures as yet, but my teammate got his frame back from Calfee. Repair successful. He paid for a paint job repair as well so it looks pretty seamless, although the carbon they spliced in is a different weave and you can see that.

I think it was 400 bucks for the repair.

He is still holding firm on never buying another Trek, after 15 of them.
Good news. There's a guy here in town who's repairing broken frames for $400 with paint as well (KirkLee). Really nice work. Of course, he couldn't repair my Trek...
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I love seeing this thread again.
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Originally Posted by BikeWise1
In Trek's eyes, if the frame cannot repaired to original spec, then it isn't repairable. And Calfee is probably gonna charge at least $300, not including tear down and rebuild. Probably another couple of hundred for paint to make it look original, if so desired.

There's a reason I tell my carbon customers to add a "rider" to their homeowner's insurance that will cover the bike. Especially racers. He'd have been out the deductible and had a brand new frame.
Old thread, but this is still sound advice. Costs me $245 a year for full replacement on my Madones. After the purchase price, this don't seem so bad.
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Originally Posted by bostongarden
I love seeing this thread again.
I thought it had been retired.
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It would nice of someone put it out of it's freakin mercy.
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Good to have it around. We can argue about warranties on bikes again.
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