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Frame Trouble Brewing?(3 posts)

Frame Trouble Brewing?loosecannon
Aug 26, 2002 1:00 PM
My current bike is a 1993 Specialized Epic. Yes, carbon fiber tubes with aluminum lugs. It survived a crash with a left-tuning 1981 Chevy Malibu right after I bought it. I thought it might come apart around the head tube, but so far so good. However, in several spots on the frame near the aluminum lugs or other aluminum parts, there's blistering or bubbling of the clearcoat on the carbon tubes. The mechanics at the LBS, a longtime Specialized dealer, haven't commented on the blistering or discoloration. Is this a cosmetic problem only or do I have major frame problems? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks,
loosecannon
A quote from my old Specialized Rep:TJeanloz
Aug 26, 2002 1:12 PM
"The Epic? It's just a matter of time." All those bikes will break eventually, and Specialized is aware of this. The failures won't be catastrophic, so there's no need for a recall, and they will waranty them as soon as they do actually break.
re: Frame Trouble Brewing?Cat 4 boy
Aug 27, 2002 12:16 AM
I had the same frame until one summer I noticed a "clunk" from the rear triangle, I was on holiday in France & just kept riding.

Got home & my LBS put the frame in a stand & pulled the chainstays out of the BB shell with one hand! The clunk was the chainstay being pushed back into the shell by my pedalling forces as it tried to escape every pedal rev.

Specialized replaced the frame free of charge with a new M2 alu frame & carbon fork, which has never given any problems.
Get on to your dealer soon as possible.