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Giant TCR Composite damaged in crash(15 posts)

Giant TCR Composite damaged in crashjohnrg
Mar 18, 2003 5:47 PM
I crashed my one month old tcr on sundays group ride. A fallen rider stepped into my path without looking up the road as I was avoiding him and my frame took a couple of hits that concern me. One is a handlebar hit to the top tube which caused small checkerboard cracks about an inch long, same pattern as the top layer of carbon. Second is a one inch top resin coat crack along side the frame near the head where the front brake smacked it. Neither of the areas are soft under pressure but they concern me enough to rebuild my other bike and decide how to proceed with either a repair, crash replacement from Giant or ?????? Any suggestions? I'm hoping this frame is not a total loss but resigned to the fact it may be a throwaway.
top tube picjohnrg
Mar 18, 2003 5:57 PM
right side picjohnrg
Mar 18, 2003 5:58 PM
thats the one that would scare me.the bull
Mar 18, 2003 6:06 PM
Whats giants crash replacement policy?
Waiting on word about that right now.johnrg
Mar 18, 2003 6:11 PM
Quite an expensive crash. I bet you go steel next! nmSpunout
Mar 19, 2003 4:31 AM
fortunately I have a Ti Lemond as a back-up.johnrg
Mar 19, 2003 7:29 AM
Mar 19, 2003 9:57 AM
Sounds like a pretty good 1st bike to me.

Build it up right and it shouldn't weight more than 1 lb more than the Giant. And when you wipe out (even when its not your fault) you may fare better.
re: Backup?johnrg
Mar 19, 2003 11:39 AM
This whole scenario was pretty funny. I cracked a 2 year old Ti and had it replaced under warranty last august though it was a one month wait for the frame. At the same time I had sold my mtb expecting my new one would soon be in (never showed up till January!). Well I was without a bike for a month which really pissed me off. So when I thought this Lemond was starting to crack I sent it back to Trek and same day built up the TCR swapping components. The Lemond was returned and I was told it was not cracked after all. So I'm fortunate to have a very recent Victoire frame which I am deciding how to build. And The Lemond is indeed a very nice bike.
Take the frame to a local Giant dealergttrek
Mar 19, 2003 10:42 AM
Take your frame to a Giant dealer, they will be glad
to send it back to Giant and have it checked and repaired.
I would not ride the frame after a crash like that.
They don't do repair frames eitherspeedisgood
Mar 19, 2003 10:43 AM
At least according to the website. I've been actually thinking of getting one for crits. Maybe not after this!
Mar 19, 2003 10:08 AM
I'd be VERY carefull on this frame. I had similar impact damage on my Look KG 386 from a crash. Everyone on his forum said it should be fine- it broke clean in half in the same spot right in the middle of the top tube when I fell over fumbling with a new set of cleats.
Be carefull.
re: Giant TCR Composite damaged in crashcycling6500
Mar 19, 2003 10:58 AM
Please keep us posted on how Giant reponds to your situation. Thanks
re: Giant TCR Composite damaged in crashpatwhto
Mar 19, 2003 5:24 PM
do you still recommend this Frame to others after this? cause I was thinking about getting one myself. Is the crash hard or the frame just fragile? Please keep us posted on the warranty issue. Thanks! May be I switch to the KX light, should I ?
re: Giant TCR Composite damaged in crashjohnrg
Mar 19, 2003 5:42 PM
It was a hard crash...25+ mph and all I remember is front wheel turning 90% and being slammed to the pavement sliding on my right side. Honestly I would not expect anything else to fare any better. I really like the frame and just waiting on word from Giant on a crash replacement.