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Allez Frame chip/dent: Worth checking out?

Old 03-10-13, 01:30 PM
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Allez Frame chip/dent: Worth checking out?

Found a Allez Elite that for a really really good price. The bike has been crashed once in a race and there is one small dent in the top tube as a result of this crash. Is it worth checking out or just move on? The frame is aluminum.




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Old 03-10-13, 02:15 PM
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structurally, i wouldn't worry about it, assuming the frame is otherwise okay. OTOH, staring at the dent while riding would drive me crazy. if it were mine i would try to fill and touch up that spot with some filler and paint.
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That's a dent? Almost looks like a good portion of the tube thickness has been gouged out (which would be of greater concern immediately). If it is a dent, you most likely will not have issues for quite some time (as in years). Small, round dents will have little impact on structural integrity. However, dents that are more "crease like", e.g one which was caused by a sharp impact area, greatly increases the stress at the crease points. After a while, that leads to stress cracks which then propagate around the tube. But those too can take YEARS to develop, and depending on how hard you ride the bike, may never develop in the entire time you own the bike.

But enough of excessive information...my point being, the bike will most likely last you a long time. And, it's not just going to simply snap in half while your riding it.
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Old 03-11-13, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by redtires View Post
That's a dent? Almost looks like a good portion of the tube thickness has been gouged out (which would be of greater concern immediately). If it is a dent, you most likely will not have issues for quite some time (as in years).
Hmm, now that you said it, it does seems like something else. It is definitely not a creased dent. The "wound" looks so cleanly done it seems like someone used a tool.
By gouges do you mean a chunk of the metal has been taken off? How are they really bad?

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I think I might see a crease across the top tube (or it might just be a shadow) in addition to what definitely looks like a gouge. I would pass on it.
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if your getting it at a really really good price, i'm just thinking, maybe the seller is a crook and saw'd off the U lock thus creating this evidence
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if your getting it at a really really good price, i'm just thinking, maybe the seller is a crook and saw'd off the U lock thus creating this evidence
I agree. That looks suspiciously like it got nicked by a cut-off wheel.
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Old 03-11-13, 10:35 AM
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As thin as the aluminum used to make those tubes is, I would pass.
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That may not be the only damage from the crash.
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okay I pass. Thanks for pulling me back to earth.

Now show me your Merckxes!
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okay I pass. Thanks for pulling me back to earth.

Now show me your Merckxes!
Good decision. It looks like if that is from a crash someone tried to fix and failed. Way to uniform of a gouge, looks ground out to me.
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Originally Posted by I like free View Post
Good decision. It looks like if that is from a crash someone tried to fix and failed. Way to uniform of a gouge, looks ground out to me.
Exactly what I was thinking, too!

Thin (as in bicycles) aluminum that has been damaged and then repaired [or had repair attempts made] is much worse than thin aluminum that has just been damaged. The repair/attempted repair stresses the aluminum even more than the initial damage, and much more greatly increases the likelihood of failure.

If it was truly just a dent, I'd say go for it if the price were right- But an attempted repair/damage made with a tool is a different story....PASS!

I mean sheesh! Look at it- it looks like the paint has actually been feathered around the damage! That didn't happen in a crash!
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