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Will Trek warranty an old (>20yrs) frame?(6 posts)

Will Trek warranty an old (>20yrs) frame?SSC SL
Jan 25, 2004 9:52 AM
I have an old steel (531) Trek frame that I was planning to convert to a singlespeed and I noticed that the rear drop out was cracked. I bought the frame over 20 years ago but have no proof of purchase. Will Trek fix the frame under warranty?
They might send you a cheaper junk frame to replace it.the bull
Jan 25, 2004 10:17 AM
Like one of those OCLV style ones.
ha ha ha! :)
maybe, but...laffeaux
Jan 25, 2004 10:54 AM
Trek may honor the waranty, however, the waranty is on the frame only, no components. Any replacement frame that you recieve will likely work with very few of your components - seat post, fork, and front derailer are likely to be different diameters, rear spacing is likely to be different, etc. In the end you need a new bike.

Any new frame will not have horizontal dropouts either, which will make it less easy to convert to a SS.

Talk to your Trek dealer in any case to see.
maybe, but...SSC SL
Jan 25, 2004 11:59 AM
Since I would make it a singlespeed I won't need most of the components anyway, but that is something to consider. Since it won't have horizontal drop outs I will need to get a tensioner.
re: Will Trek warranty an old (>20yrs) frame?russw19
Jan 25, 2004 5:34 PM
Yes, they most likely would. Take it to a local shop and don't mention that you don't have the receipt. If they don't ask, don't tell them. (I work for a Fisher/Lemond dealer, part of TCG, so trust me on that.) Most people wouldn't keep a receipt that long anyways, and I doubt you would be asked for it.

That said, here's the catch. If they replace the frame, you will get a modern frame in return. Most likely a 520 (just Trek's model number... generic cro-mo tubing) steel touring frame from the past couple years. It won't be a Reynolds 531 frame. If you really like that frame you may be better off to find a local frame builder to replace the dropouts for you. If they know what they are doing, it's not really that hard. It will affect the paint job as they rebraze the dropouts in, but you will still have a high quality vintage frame. It shouldn't cost you more than about $50 to $75 either, and may be a perfect excuse to repaint that frame if you really like it.

they did for me, but it was 10 at the timeukiahb
Jan 26, 2004 7:38 AM
I have an old Trek 613 I bought new about 20 years ago and later set up for loaded touring. After many miles it cracked across the lower head tube lug, I sent it back to Trek and they brazed a new lug in and repainted the frame. I did have my reciept though...