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Fools and their money shall soon be parted. Freebie update(5 posts)

Fools and their money shall soon be parted. Freebie updateJuanmoretime
Oct 28, 2002 11:53 AM
I've been watching Ebay and the $$ people have been paying for Litespeed headtube badges. First, I called American bicycle about a month ago asking to buy a replacemnt seatpost clamp, they sent me a new stainless steel one, with the Litespeed shield engraved on it, free of charge. I sent them an email inquiring about a repalcement headtube badge, they email me back, they are sending it to me at no charge. Very proactive company at keeping customers satisfied and loyal.
The old system,TJeanloz
Oct 28, 2002 12:53 PM
It used to be that Litespeed checked serial #'s, and would sell (for like $10), a complete decal set for your bike, with new headtube badge. They were protective though, so that you couldn't buy the next year's decals to make your 2001 bike a 2002 bike.

They may have loosened this policy a little bit- but I doubt they'll just send a headtube badge to anybody who asks.
"Old system" was a good policyNiwot
Oct 28, 2002 1:56 PM
It's good to deter fraud, especially since the relative anonymity of the internet encourages that kind of scam (i.e., trying to pass off a 2001 bike as a 2002 bike).

In fact, there's an auction on eBay right now where the seller is falsely advertising a Litespeed Vortex by claiming it's a 2003 model when in fact the frame is a 2002 model.
If all that is different from year to year is the stickerColnagoFE
Oct 29, 2002 8:42 AM
then i don't see what the big deal is. If there are significant design differences then you should be able to identify the frame that way.
it's usually evolutionary though,TJeanloz
Oct 29, 2002 9:56 AM
Most bicycle manufacturers tweak frames from model year to model year. Litespeed, which I'll use as an example (because it's already in the thread, and I know them pretty well), might, from year to year, change the material used in the dropouts, change the shape of a brake bridge, change a seat-collar design, add some height to the headtube, move where the cable stops are welded on... These are all very minor issues, almost afterthoughts, when you think of frame design; but they can make a real difference, and make one model year 'better' than another that uses the exact same tubeset. These are all small enough that 99% of people won't notice them, but they do matter.