|Fools and their money shall soon be parted. Freebie update||Juanmoretime|
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 policy||Niwot|
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 sticker||ColnagoFE|
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.|| |