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Question about chipped paint(3 posts)

Question about chipped paintstan_b
Jun 16, 2003 5:36 AM
I bought a 2002 Jamis Eclipse last November. It came with a nice red/white paint job.

I rode it a few times in the Fall, none over the Winter. Early this Spring I notice some paint had chipped from the frame. I thought this was just a freak thing and put red nail polish over the spot.

Yesterday, after a long ride, I noticed another spot of chipped paint. Should this be happening? I haven't crashed and have been very careful in handling the bike. I have older bikes I've had for years with no chipped paint.

What should I do? Should I go back to the shop I bought it at and complain?

Welcome to the world of JamisAFred
Jun 16, 2003 8:25 AM
I own three bikes made by Jamis; two mountain (steel and aluminum) and one cross (steel). Paint flakes off these frames if you look at them the wrong way. Jamis frames are infamous for this. It's the major drag on an otherwise excellent brand. It's not so bad with mountain and cross rigs since they take a beating anyway, but I'd get more upset if it happened on a road bike. The best you can do is get touch up from the hobby or auto parts shop and keep after it. I find that heavy waxing and liberal use of chain guards (Lizard Skins, etc.) on the frame help.
It isn't just Jamis,pedalpete
Jun 16, 2003 9:17 AM
but yes, you should vent your frustration on somebody.

I had a Klein that practically shed it's paint, and I now have a Litespeed, and it chips very easily too.

Your dealer probably won't do anything about it, but e-mail Jamis, and let them know that you are having this problem. They probably won't fix it for you, but maybe they'll look at the problem for future models.