frame with a ding in the top tube !
hiya folks,Posted 4 years ago
been looking for a full suss frame to start building on and ive come across a a frame with a decent sized ding in the top tube,
there doesn’t appear to be any damage to any of the welds or even cracking of the paint work although it does appear to be about 3 to 4 mm indentation !
from the photo’s the guy has sent me it doesn’t appear to have bent the top tube,, just dinged it,,
just wondering if there are any things I should look out for or should I avoid it all together ?deanfbmMember
Sure the ding could be repaired, colleague at work has done such stuff with hydraulics, plugging all holes then using oil under pressure (ie hyroforming).
Fine for thin walled steel, something you certainly dont want to do with aluminium, since it would significantly weaken it.Posted 4 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
Have a little search for a thread on this particular bike from a couple of weeks ago.
The photos then made it look a lot worse. I’d be fine with it to be honest. But resale will suffer, so I’d be looking at a good discount.
With that particular frame, there were other concerns too – not everything was included and the rear swimgarm had been replaced under warranty.
Have a read anyway.Posted 4 years ago
yep,Posted 4 years ago
seems this frames had a harder life than orphan annie,,
I think ill leave it concidering some of the more educated replies.
just seemed a really cheap way to get into the top end bike bracket for peanuts,
not too fussed about it after reading all the other threads on it,
and being in London and me being in Sheffield makes it too much of a risk to buy based on photo’s !
pretty sure I could get the bent top tube (if it is bent that is) sorted for gratis but removing that dent looks a whole new ball game,
wouldn’t be bothered about a ding but it is a little in the eye line !
again, I saw it and thought at the price listed on pb (£370 minus the shock) then it would be a cheap way to a top end bike, !Posted 4 years ago
just don’t like the publicity it has receieved and again, im in Sheffield he’s in London,,,
not that daft that id buy something in these circumstances based on say so and a few pics !SuperficialMember
The fact that in those pictures, the dent has clearly creased the top tube on a corner – there’s no way it won’t have compromised the structure to some degree. Whether that will affect it within its lifespan, one can only speculate on. But I wouldn’t buy it without significant discount (and FWIW most top tube dings wouldn’t bother me at all).
Shame, ‘cos it’s a beautiful-looking frame otherwise.Posted 4 years agoSuperficialMember
just out of interest, for those who would be willing to purchase it !
what sort of price would have your ears pricked ?
The difficulty is that without a shock it’s useless, so any buyer is looking at £300+ on top of whatever price for frame only to find a shock that will work, and if/when the frame broke, the shock is likely be pretty useless.
I’d consider buying that frame for £350-400 (inc shock) – chance are you’ll ride it for a year and that’s not disastrous value for a premium frame. I don’t know if Yeti would offer some sort of crash-replacement deal after that time. If you’re the kind of person that would be worried by the dent, then just steer clear.Posted 4 years agochunkymonkey1982Member
In my opinion, I don’t think that would fail, the top tube is under compression, and I’m sure with all that ali there its more then strong enough. Also, the suspension load doesnt go through the top tube like some frames. It is definitely more then just a dent though, I can see a crack/sharp crease. I wouldn’t buy it on the basis that it would annoy me looking at it every time I rode it.
Full sus frames do not suffer as much as hard tails as sudden impacts from riding are absorbed by the suspension.
I would be worried about the condition of the linkages and the bearings, just a small misalignment will cause you problems.Posted 4 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
Thats not going to compromise the frame. If you dont mind it visually and the price is right it will be fine.
cant see pics in this threads due to firewall but in the linked previous thread there was one pic posted later in the discussion which made the top tube look bent, and the “dent” more like a crease/fold. Its’ worth a read to garner more opinions of both the bike and the seller.
As I said in that one, wouldnt touch it with a bargepole unless it was silly cheap, even if the seller is a qualified engineer who can categorically state its fine and give you a pinky-promise he’ll give you the money back if it breaks.Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
The dent is gentle and progressive; it won’t break but you will never be happy and will have a hell of a lot of hassle if you ever want to sell it on.
OTOH at least you won’t have to worry about Murphy’s first law of buying new bikes, which says that it will get scratched within two days of you buying it.Posted 4 years ago
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