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What do I do in this situation?(11 posts)

What do I do in this situation?scottfromcali
Jan 16, 2003 1:32 PM
When I bought this bike it began its life as a 2002 TCR2. Being my first road bike the LBS took advantage of my ignorance and sold me a size too big, a few months later while at anoter LBS, I found this Giant Med. frame for only 300. I had looked into a new Giant frame and fork which was around 850. Needless to say, I bought the black TCR frame for 300. The reason it was roughly 60% lower in cost was due to the broken eye-let. As you can see from the picture I am holding the "fix" that has worked okay for a while but now is popping out while riding, VERY annoying. So my question is, what is a permanent fix for this?
J-B Weld and paint the repair black?...nmPsyDoc
Jan 16, 2003 3:19 PM
nm
re: What do I do in this situation?GrabTheBarsAndHurt
Jan 16, 2003 3:19 PM
1) have you checked that the warranty was void due to the cracked braze on? If it wasn't take it to a Giant shop (preferably not the one that had it for $300), and talk with them about getting a crash replacement at the least. Since you knew of the damage before you purchased it, I'd feel a little odd trying to get a new frame for free out of the deal ... but if you don't have the same reservation, you never know what you'll get.

2) Have you tried to epoxy a ferrule into the insert? You will probably need to do something to clean any material from the frame surface (or braze on surface), but I've used some two-stage epoxys that could hold hair on Paolo Bettini's head. ;-)

best of luck
re: What do I do in this situation?scottfromcali
Jan 16, 2003 5:03 PM
There is no warranty on the frame, which was made clear to me due to the broke eye-let. I thought about using a good quality two stage epoxy but I'm not sure if it would hold up. Take a few seconds and look at your bikes front brake housing, now turn the bars to the right so the front wheel is perpendicular to the frame. The front brake housing is now pushing on the front derailleur cable. I know this isn't a typical position for the bars to be in especially while riding but it happens to me more often. I thought of professional welder but I'm not sure how this would effect the frame (probably negatively) so that is out. I guess I will buy the epoxy and give it a try as it seems to be my only option. Thanks everyone.
re: What do I do in this situation?davet
Jan 16, 2003 5:16 PM
If you made the brake and der cables longer, 2~3"?, the pressure on the adjusters would be decreased.
re: Run full housing to the next eyeletjrm
Jan 16, 2003 3:44 PM
yeah tis going to look kinda skeptic but it will work...
The absolutely best way to fix this problem...Uncle Tim
Jan 16, 2003 6:26 PM
...is to never, never ever buy another Giant.
Amen brother! nmSpunout
Jan 17, 2003 4:15 AM
Don't listen to them...Frith
Jan 17, 2003 7:47 AM
You knew you were getting a damaged bike and now you're dealing with it.
Nothing wrong with giant...especially not for the price.

And for you guys who decide that an entire manufacturer should be blacklisted because one guy knowingly bought a damaged frame, I have a question...Do find it hard to ride with your nose stuck in the air?
Actually I just fixed itscottfromcali
Jan 16, 2003 9:35 PM
The glue thing was my last fix, before that I wanted to try one last thing. I used a pair of pliars and closed the eye let a bit, now the picec fits perfectly and very tight. Good deal, thanks for the advice everyone.
excellent!! good to hear (nm)laffeaux
Jan 17, 2003 10:58 PM