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Is my new OCLV frame OK?(7 posts)

Is my new OCLV frame OK?KSC
Oct 29, 2001 1:53 PM
I just purchased a Trek 5200. When I brought it home, I did a careful bike examination and noticed a blemish on the frame near the bottom bracket (on unpainted carbon). I can see about 3 small discoloration (lighter colored) lines (maybe 2mm long right next to each other) which are clearly more distinct than the normal color grades in the rest of the unpainted carbon. When running my finger over this area I can feel a small depression in the area (looking very closely at this area you can see two very small divits)

I showed this to the shop where I purchased the bike. Their technician assurred me it was only a small cosmetic irregularity in the clearcoat over the fiber. He said they'd seen the exact same thing before on a 5900, sent it to Trek, and were told there was absolutely nothing wrong with the frame. I sent this same message to Trek (and just got back an amazingly fast response - are these guy bored this time of the year?). The Trek advisor said it certainly sounded like a blemish in the finish - that they can't avoid these.

Has anyone out there seen something similiar to this? Should I take it to another shop who has less financial interest in the analysis or am I just being paranoid and I should start riding?

Thanks for any advice!
(sorry if this is a repost but I think my first attempt to post this failed)
It is probably fine.vanzutas
Oct 29, 2001 3:33 PM
My advise to you is to keep track of your coorespondence with Trek and the shop. Ride the bike and chances are you will never notice the blemish again. If down the road there is a problem with the bike send it back. I believe they have a very good waranty and this would be considered workmanship. In that case you would have a new frame after riding this one for a few years. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Hmm...good quality control.matt
Oct 29, 2001 3:56 PM
I have worked on lots of nude finish carbon bikes(Kestrel, Look, Aegis, Colnago) and have never seen blemishes out of the box unless it was caused by damage from packing. I think that this would be unacceptable if I had just plunked down several thousand dollars. You pay more for a nude carbon finish because it is more labor intensive in most cases. Take it back by all means. Would you be asking the question if it was a painted steel frame that was scratched down to the bare, you would expect the finish done right. Make the big "T" provide you with service after the sale.
re: Is my new OCLV frame OK?grzy
Oct 29, 2001 4:04 PM
It's probably fine, but if you want to get anything done you best do it now - the finish is only warrantied for one year. They'll laugh at you if you try to do anything after that date. Tell them you don't want the bike anymore and are going to buy a Specialized - that'll get a rise out of them.
re: Is my new OCLV frame OK?JG
Oct 29, 2001 4:09 PM
I have a 2001 smoke carbon OCLV that, coincidentally, also had a white line blemish at the bottom bracket/seat tube area. But mine is under the clear coat finish as you cannot feel it if running your finger along the surface.

Teh bike shop I purchased it from also assured me that it was not a structural defect - initially I was worried that the carbon was cracked - but after over 1000 miles I don't even notice it anymore.

I previously had a Trek 2120 w/carbon main tubes and alum lugs that developed a crack at the seat post collar (I beleive from my overtightening the binder bolt) after 4 years. Nonetheless, Trek honored the warranty and surprised me with a brand new frame - which I sold and put the money towards my new 5500.

I trust Trek products and their warranty. Go out and ride and enjoy the benefits of carbon fiber!

re: Is my new OCLV frame OK?CT1
Oct 29, 2001 4:42 PM
I wouldn't worry about this at all. I've seen similar 'blems' in other CF frames.

ride it and enjoy
re: Is my new OCLV frame OK?tr
Oct 29, 2001 6:10 PM
I wouldn't worry about it, but if it puts your mind at peace i would ask for a replacement now, not later. For the price you paided they should not expect you to take it with a blemish unless you choose to. You will probably hear that it will take a long time to replace/switch out, but don't let this sway your decision if you want another frame.