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Trek 5200 OCLV peeling paint......question....(16 posts)

Trek 5200 OCLV peeling paint......question...._rt_
Nov 6, 2002 8:57 AM
i've got an '01 5200 OCLV that i bought new and have been riding it for maybe a month (its got less than 500 miles on it). i noticed the other day that the paint is peeling in some pretty random places: e.g., the side of the downtube (mid way down, non-driveside), top of the seatstay....

has anyone else had this problem? i'm planning on calling Trek about it in the next couple days and i'm wondering if others have had any experience with this....

btw, paint is also peeling from underneath the top of the seatstay where the rear wheel may be throwing up dirt. i've never had paint come off other bikes in this spot before...

ps- a pic of the frame_rt_
Nov 6, 2002 9:06 AM
this is the frame before i finished building it up (obviously!).

Are you sure that is an '01?ms
Nov 6, 2002 9:34 AM
I thought that the '01s only came in smoke carbon and the USPS colors (largely white in '01).
custom paint...._rt_
Nov 6, 2002 9:56 AM
the shop i bought it from got a run from Trek and got to choose the color. Trek custom painted the entire run.

It's doctor to you?js5280
Nov 6, 2002 10:50 AM
Am I interpreting your license plate correctly? If so, Doctor of what? Just curious. . .

Also there's no Brew-Thru bumper sticker ;-) Went to high school in Va. Beach (Navy brat), spent many a day on the Outer Banks chasing waves then :-)
Nov 6, 2002 11:07 AM
PhD in psych. *sheepish grin* the plate was a present to myself after 8 years of doctoral torture.

nope no brew-thru sticker.....thought about putting a He's Not Here (Chapelhell NC) sticker on it but decided that it would look better on my box 'o bike sh!t (with the rest of my stickers).

Congrats Dr. _rt_js5280
Nov 6, 2002 11:29 AM
Are you a practicing pyschologist? I'm about to go back for my Masters here (M.S. Management). Can't be a unsponsored, unemployed bike junkie forever. . .well I could but the creditors would eventually repo my bike :-( Good luck w/ your Trek.
nope. pure research...._rt_
Nov 6, 2002 11:45 AM
my degree is in developmental psychology and only had a tiny clinical component.

good luck with the MS!

i tried to be an unsponsored, unemployed, over-educated bike junkie for a while. it didn't work out so well, so i decided to get a job that actually uses my degree. i think my parents threw a party. hehe

Nov 6, 2002 9:29 AM
Get it back there ASAP! I had a similar problem with my '96 OCLV, but since I had let more than one year elapse Trek would not warranty the finish - check the fine print on the warranty. The peeling finish is a pretty common problem and totally pissed me off. Ultimately I sold the bike and bad mouth them at every single opportunity - sorry, but it's not like they don't know it's a problem. They'll play really dumb with you and act all surprised like it's never happened before and they can't understand it. Don't buy their BS - they've been pulling this stunt for years. It's b/c they cut corners in the finishing dept. and do not adequately prime their frames.
Nov 6, 2002 10:13 AM
i bought the frame last April & then had to wait till i could afford to build it up with the parts i wanted. i should be well within the warranty period.....

thanks again.
Nov 6, 2002 10:36 AM
Despite your warranty issues (and grzy's experience aside), I've seen a number of frames go back to Trek (though not a bit a number) for paint warranty; no problems getting it done.

One thought--could it be the result of sweat? I know, I know, but one guy I know sweats some kind of acid! Gets his components as well as the paint--blisters and peals all over the place, while he replaces handlebars every other year or so. As for bad job of clear coating, there're a ton of Treks running around here with no paint issues.
i don't think it's a sweat issue...._rt_
Nov 6, 2002 10:44 AM
i've never had this problem with any other bike (and i rode my bianchi for 3 years both on & off the trainer), and some of the places where the paint is blistering shouldn't be getting hit with sweat (unless i get off the bike & shake off like a dog.....which would be a personal issue that i probably wouldn't share with the internet world. ;-P)

i've had good experiences with my Treks (i've got a trek 8000 mtb as well) as well as with Trek's warranty dept (they warrantied my mtb frame due to a fault in the seat tube).

hopefully once i get the paint issue sorted i won't have to do it again!

quality controlbigrider
Nov 6, 2002 11:08 AM
I have a trek 5200 with no problems either but the point of quality control is NOT TO HAVE REDUNDANT PRODUCTION PROBLEMS. If Grzy is right and this occurs even in 1 in a 1000 bikes then it IS a problem for Trek and their customers, and the Grzys of the world will tell their story enough that we will all buy tawainese (or is that Japanese) bikes because of better quality.
A buddy had a similar issue...Gregory Taylor
Nov 6, 2002 2:18 PM
...on his Trek 5200. Custom canary yellow paint from Trek. Campy Record components. Red and black Specialized Turbo tires on Mavic Heliums. Beautiful. Then the thing started to chip and peel. Looked like poor paint preparation -- it just didn't want to stick to the frame. My guess is that the smooth gel finish on the carbon fiber doesn't give enough "tooth" for the paint unless you rough it up a bit.

He moved and I don't know how it turned out. Pretty bike, though...
re: Trek 5200 OCLV peeling paint......question....scary slow
Nov 6, 2002 1:23 PM
A friend of mine has an '01 or '00 poastal frame. the paint was cracking at the tube joints. he was concerned that the frame was damaged. to make a long,actually very long, story short he sent it back to trek and they repainted it. when he got his frame back he was not happy. they repainted the frame the original postal white and used the decals for the '02 frames. i thought it looked cool, i'd rather have something different than everyone else. bottom line is he was able to get it fixed, but not without a great deal of hassle and about a 6 week turn around.
Nov 6, 2002 1:40 PM
yeah, my experience is that although Trek is pretty good about agreeing to do warranties, they're a little slow on the turn around mtb warranty took 4 months. but i did get a significant upgrade as a result.

i'm hoping that if they agree to do the warranty (which, IMO, they should) they'll also agree to either repaint it the same color or let me choose the color (since it is a custom paint job now).....well, i can always hope. ;-)