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  • Warranty claims – would you be happy with this result?
  • Premier Icon markgraylish
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    Backstory:

    Current mountain bike is 18 months old so well inside the manufacturers 2 year warranty. I’m the original owner.
    About a month ago, my freehub failed so I took the bike back to the shop where I bought it. However, the hub failed in such a way that it’s not repairable.

    Said shop couldn’t get hold of a replacement hub in a “reasonable” timeframe (due to current parts shortage) so, to keep riding, I sourced, and paid for (~$300) another hub (different brand!) from a different shop. The original shop then rebuilt my wheel and sent the old hub back to distributer.

    Original shop charged me for new spokes/nipples/rim tape (~$100) but the labour was waived.

    Distributer has since agreed to provide a $190 credit for broken freehub, of which the shop have applied $100 against the wheel re-build labour so I’m left with a shop credit of $90, yet I’m ~$400 out of pocket.

    Back-back story:
    This exact same freehub failure happened with my previous bike which used exactly the same rear hub – and that was also within the warranty period. In the first instance, I ended up around $500 out-of-pocket as I had to fork out for a replacement hub as neither the bike manufacturers or the importer would honour the warranty.

    For reference, I’m talking about DT Swiss 370 hubs. Both failed in identical manner (stripped drive ring threads, apparently). Both bikes were stock builds from same manufacturer. Both bikes are XL sized so built for larger/more powerful riders so freehubs shouldn’t be somewhere to cheap out the specification.
    I’m not naming names for the bike but the frames are “premium”.
    I’m not naming names for the LBS as they are VERY local and have previously gone above-and-beyond to keep me riding when I’ve dropped the bike in for last minute repairs.

    So, what would you deem an acceptable result from a warranty claim like this?

    Premier Icon markgraylish
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    Premier Icon submarined
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    I’d say what you got is an acceptable result. Unfortunately it’s not up to the manufacturer to fund your choice of hub from somewhere else.
    It would be nice of the shop to refund you the $90 for the parts and call it quits, but that’s up to them, and likely independent to everything else.

    It’s a shit one, yeah, but I’d say fair enough.

    Premier Icon agis2012
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    It seems a reasonable result too me.

    Premier Icon big_n_daft
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    To be honest I don’t know why you didn’t swap out the wheels when you bought the bike

    I’m also surprised you got anything, they would normally argue it’s a wearing part

    Move on, don’t ride DT370 hubs

    Premier Icon timbog160
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    You’re $300 out of pocket so I’d say no. Conversely the decision to buy a different hub was yours and the shop does seem to have tried to help. The only thing I would argue about is the shops decision to apply YOUR warranty credit against their bill, but it depends how much you want to fall out with the shop I guess. For my part I would simply move on but I don’t think I’d go back there…

    Premier Icon petrieboy
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    I’ll never understand how the bike industry has conditioned us as consumers to treat bike shops totally differently to any other retailer. If your telly broke you’d call John Lewis and they’d sort it out – if the guy in the shop started talking to you about “I’ll see what Samsung can do blah blah” then you’d say “WTF I don’t work here! Sort my telly out and call me when it’s sorted”

    So to answer your question – shop labour isn’t your problem and you should only be out of pocket the difference between the RRP of the hub that broke and the price of the fancy hub you upgraded to.

    Premier Icon oikeith
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    Distributer has since agreed to provide a $190 credit for broken freehub, of which the shop have applied $100 against the wheel re-build labour so I’m left with a shop credit of $90, yet I’m ~$400 out of pocket.

    Unless you got an absolute killer deal where they have made no money on your original purchase, I would want all £190 of that money in cash. They make a margin on bikes to cover costs of running a shop and selling bikes, this is one of those costs.

    Premier Icon mashr
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    If your telly broke you’d call John Lewis and they’d sort it out – if the guy in the shop started talking to you about “I’ll see what Samsung can do blah blah” then you’d say “WTF I don’t work here! Sort my telly out and call me when it’s sorted”

    That’s exactly what John Lewis do in my experience

    shop labour isn’t your problem

    Yes it is, he sourced a wheel from elsewhere to get himself going, that’s entirely separate to the warranty claim

    Premier Icon devash
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    A similar thing happened to me back in 2013 with a Specialized rear hub. Lots of backwards and forwards between the shop and Specialized over the course of a few months so I ended up buying a better wheelset online so that I could at least get out over the summer. In the end, Specialized sent the shop a 29er rear wheel for them to take the hub off and rebuild onto my 26er wheel but the shop wanted me to pay for the labour. I told them where to go and just sold the 29er wheel on the classifieds here. I never bought anything from that bike shop again.

    Premier Icon csb
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    Why on earth didn’t you keep it simple ask the original shop to supply and equivalent working wheel, without additional cost to yourself?

    Premier Icon lucky7500
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    I’m surprised that you even got the $190. A freehub giving up after 18 months of use is pretty squarely in the realms of wear & tear, although arguably somewhat dependent on use, cleaning, maintenance etc. Having had that type of thing happen before, I’ve never even considered putting it in as a warranty claim.

    Premier Icon thols2
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    he sourced a wheel from elsewhere to get himself going, that’s entirely separate to the warranty claim

    Yes, this is the thing. It’s reasonable to expect the supplier to replace the broken part with an identical part free-of-charge, but if you buy different stuff to get the bike running, they aren’t obliged to pay for that. It sounds to me like the shop is doing what they can to help you out.

    Premier Icon nickjb
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    There are two separate issues here. The warranty claim and the new hub. The bike shop have fallen a bit short. They should’ve tried harder to keep you riding. Finding a hub or lending a wheel. As they didn’t you chose your own solution. I don’t think they should cover that cost. As for the warranty, firstly I’d want money not store credit, secondly getting credit for a part they can’t supply could be a bit poor but about as much as I’d expect, and actually ok as its a wear item. So overall not great but not terrible

    Premier Icon stevextc
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    petrieboy

    I’ll never understand how the bike industry has conditioned us as consumers to treat bike shops totally differently to any other retailer.

    ^^ This

    Ultimately, what did the warranty say…. did it offer to get you back riding within a specific period ?

    would you be happy with this result?

    It depends what the warranty actually says… ultimately the manufacturer would presumably pass this to DT Swiss?

    Premier Icon nickc
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    I would’ve expected…

    Whatever goes on between the shop, the importer/distributer to get you going again once they’ve decided that the warranty is legit is none of your concern. You have an issue, it’s up to them to sort it. If they had a problem getting the same hub, then I would’ve expected some options….We can wait for a hub it’ll take “x” long. We can upgrade the hub with a bit of cash from you, or we can downgrade the hub with some credit to make up the difference, or we can give you the retail value of the hub, so you can buy a replacement. There would be no money changing hands (unless you agreed to it to change something) to get you back up and running, no new spokes, or rim tape or labour costs or anything

    That you bought a new hub and had the shop build it onto a wheel as an interim measure, is your own business and outside the warranty process, and between you and shop. it’s up to you and the shop to agree how to settle that.

    I think mixing those two separate things is where you seem to have got tangled up.

    Premier Icon DickBarton
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    If you get all £190 back you’ll then be paying the shop the £100 for the spokes and nipples, so either way, you’ll still be left with £90.

    I’m not sure it is clear cut as there is room for ‘understanding’ on both sides. If the wheel had been left with the shop and you hadn’t got another hub from another shop then all monies should be back to you, but you sourced an alternative from elsewhere and the shop incurred a charge to build a new wheel, so there is cost there that probably won’t have been incurred if the manufacturer had the part in and was able to provide the new one.

    Although you are out of pocket, you were up and riding sooner, so as much as it would annoy me, I’d take it on the chin.

    Also just spotted that you are talking $ and not £ so even less expense and less in your pocket at the end of it all (going by current exchange rate).

    Premier Icon tthew
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    Are you in America as all your costs are in dollars? Presumably the rules are different there.

    Premier Icon JackHammer
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    Many manufacturers have small print too that states the warranty is limited to 1 year on parts and the frame is x years. Some brands even go as far as to say “this 3inch section of the frame is warrantied for 3months, this bit over here is 5.5 months”.

    I agree it’s a bit rubbish that you had to go and find your own replacement part and then pay for it and then pay labour. I don’t know why the shop didnt offer you a new rear wheel, seems like the least faffage interms of labour and time.

    Probably one of those things I’d just take on the chin and move forward from, at the end of the day you didn’t sit there for months waiting for an out of stock part. You got a better(?) hub built into your bike. You friendly LBS still likes you.

    Premier Icon exsee
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    You said the labour for the rebuild was waived and then they’ve backtracked on that agreement and charged you $100 once your claim was successful
    Is that the bit you’re peeved about?

    Remember, you’ve upgraded your wheel in the process so you’re not really $400 down

    Premier Icon endoverend
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    Have you seen this, might help – seems DT are acknowledging a problem with stripping drive rings…
    link to article on Road CC site

    Dt swiss ratchet exp problems

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    A) I’m surprised that some folk think 2 years is reasonable life expectancy for a hub. Bearings yes, the hub itself, no.

    B) I reckon the shop has a legal responsibility for 12 months. After that it is down to the manufacturer of the bike.

    C) Despite B, I’d expect the shop to try to help out, but it’s likely to be your responsibility to deal with the manufacturers warranty department..

    D) It was your choice to buy a £300 hub. There’s no way that comes down to the shop or the bike manufacturer and no reason that the shop should lose out.

    Premier Icon DickBarton
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    They haven’t backtracked on the labour charge – it was $100 for the materials, which they have taken off the store credit he now has…so might not have actually paid the $100 so that is still in his pocket as well…

    Premier Icon exsee
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    Dick, I’ve snipped a couple of bits from the op, looks like they backtracked on the waived labour fee to me

    Original shop charged me for new spokes/nipples/rim tape (~$100) but the labour was waived.

    $190 credit for broken freehub, of which the shop have applied $100 against the wheel re-build labour

    Premier Icon sillysilly
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    Budget hub, sounds like you replaced it with a premium hub. Enjoy it.

    Same happened to me with SantaCruz / Novatech. Just bought another wheel altogether and stuck it on, much cheaper. I classed the part as a semi disposable.

    Frame / forks / shocks etc is what I want the good warranty on.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Interesting… the only freehub I’ve ever had fail was a DT Swiss one. Yet DT Swiss wheels are constantly recommended on here.

    Premier Icon fettlin
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    Warranty claim on a failed freehub after 18months? fair play for getting the shop and manufacturer to ‘engage’ (SWIDT?!). the fact that the Manufacturer cant supply a replacement in the current global situation is just poor circumstance unfortunately.

    Should/could the shop or Manuf do more to get you riding again? maybe, but again parts supply will dictate what they can do to a certain extent.

    The fact you’ve bought another (expensive?) hub and had your wheel built in the meantime is purely your decision and responsibility, nothing to do with the warranty.

    I think the only unreasonable aspect of this is the fact the LBS have taken part of the credit note as payment against the labor. Did they discuss that with you? If not, that a fair bit of a cheek, nothing to do with them how you spend the credit note.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    I would probably have taken the opportunity to upgrade my wheel(s) at my own cost, and just waited for the warranty replacement hub to come in, then sold the original wheels.

    That said, I understand your frustration with the “free” labour now being charged – had there been a falling out with the shop? Have you pointed out that it feels unfair from your POV?

    Premier Icon DickBarton
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    I’m not seeing the $100 as labour, it reads that the parts they supplied to build the new wheel cost $100 and that is what they deducted from the credit note…so the parts were paid for but the labour wasn’t. Also, the OP didn’t have to pay $100 for the parts as it was removed from a credit note.

    Premier Icon dangeourbrain
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    Both bikes are XL sized so built for larger/more powerful riders

    Bobbins. Its just a bigger frame, they don’t spec different parts on different sizes of bike. Where would you expect them to “cheap out” on the specification, or do you think XL bikes should only be available in 10k builds because biffers?

    Would I be upset? No. You bought a $300 hub, that’s neither the manufacturer or the shop’s problem.
    It needed new spokes and nipples which suggests a noticeably different hub to the one which was being replaced, neither of those things would be needed under warranty replacement so the need for them is [down to] your choice.
    You got it built into a wheel including spokes and nipples for $10 in practice.

    You could have waited for a replacement, you chose not to.

    You could have bought your hub from the shop doing the warranty work, you chose not to.

    You could have bought a new wheel, a cheaper hub etc etc, all of which may or may not have seen you out of pocket by the end of the process.

    As it is you chose the more expensive option with least value to the people who you’re expecting to do the work for you.

    Also did they specifically say the were waiving the build cost or did they say they weren’t charging you for the build which is to say they’ll charge it to the manufacturer via warranty?

    Premier Icon stevextc
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    Are you in America as all your costs are in dollars? Presumably the rules are different there.

    Its the EXACT wording of the warranty that matters.
    I doubt it say’s go find a new hub and we’ll pay to rebuild a wheel.

    Would I be happy? No …. but from experience a lot of warranty on bike stuff is probably not worth the electronic paper its written on if your riding has a value to you.

    Premier Icon mudeverywhere
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    I’m amazed there are people on here replying that think stripped drive ring threads on a hub with known issues well within the warranty period is an acceptable wear and tear item to just eat the cost of and move on. Unless the guy is like 250lbs and riding a battery bike or something?

    Premier Icon sillysilly
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    It’s sad but if you ride enough you know what to treat as disposable.

    Crap hubs are in that bracket for me. I don’t say give them a free ride. Just wait for replacement and sell or keep for spare or you will be in same situation in the near future.

    When it comes to DT Swiss if it’s not a 350, 240 or comparable I would ignore the brand name, it’s just like any other.

    When making warranty / replacement decisions it’s got to be agreed by all parties to be valid. Can’t just go and buy any premium hub and expect the
    original co to pay for it.

    Premier Icon ampthill
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    I’ll never understand how the bike industry has conditioned us as consumers to treat bike shops totally differently to any other retailer. If your telly broke you’d call John Lewis and they’d sort it out – if the guy in the shop started talking to you about “I’ll see what Samsung can do blah blah” then you’d say “WTF I don’t work here! Sort my telly out and call me when it’s sorted”

    But a telly and a bike don’t really compare do they. A telly just sits there working or not working. If a telly is not working repair is probably not an option. There is no wear and tear on a telly. You can’t fail to maintain a telly. Telly shops aren’t empty og tellies due to huge demand. You can’t use a telly outside it’s intended usage

    Premier Icon P-Jay
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    I’m not really sure how I feel about this…

    OP quotes in dollars so not in the UK??

    Anyway, the way I see it, there’s 2 elements to the story.

    Hub failed, that’s shit. really your fall back should be the the shop “the bike you sold me has failed far too quickly to be acceptable, please fix it” ALA the John Lewis approach. Which it sounds like they weren’t too keen to doing without sending back to DT / Dist first, okay not great, but hardly unique when it comes to bikes and bike shops. DT Swiss / Disti accepted your claim and I assume would have authorised a repair / wheel replacement, reasonable.

    2nd element, OP buys a better hub, from a different shop. The shop fits it, charges for the parts and “waives” the labour, probably in compensation for the hub failing on the bike they sold you. That’s all pretty reasonable, if they don’t have a hub.

    The only unreasonable things I see in this tale 1) changing their mind on the waived labour fees once DT paid up 2) Shop Credit, meaning of the money DT sent the shop (assuming they sent them money) they get to keep some of it via their margin on goods.

    So, if I have it right The LSB make a little margin on the spokes, and nipples, plus $100 labour charge for fitting in, and then a little margin on the $90

    Premier Icon markgraylish
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    A bit more info for context:
    (1) The bike I bought specifically for its excellent warranty as it’s carbon fibre. The manufacturers warranty has some details on its website about the frame warranty but is vague about who covers parts so there is no “fine print” to check.
    (2) DT Swiss do not include any warranty information in their website at all. In fact, they don’t even mention the 370 hub on their website so I assume it’s OEM only.
    Either way, I called the distributor who confirmed it would have a two year warranty as no paperwork supplied with bike.
    (3) I don’t know whether the shop sent the old hub back to the distributer or whether it was discussed over the phone/email but either way, the warranty is being honoured (so it seems like they aren’t considering it fair wear and tear)
    (4) The shop tried to source a replacement hub and/or wheel for me but couldn’t get one. I checked with them before I bought the replacement hub myself and I checked they would be happy to do the rebuild. They suggested themselves to avoid the 370 and go for the 350. If that had been possible, I would have gladly paid whatever the price difference was, but, you know…shortages etc! If anyway can find a 370 for sale in a retail outlet I’d be interested to know what the price actually is but as I suspect it’s OEM only, not sure that’s going to happen.
    (5) The hub I bought was approximately the same price as a 350 (it’s not like I splurged on something super fancy)
    (6) If the distributer had been able to supply a 370 hub in a reasonable period of time (or at least give me some indication of potential timelines) or offered me an upgrade to a better hub (+ some cash to them), then I wouldn’t have bought another hub but I’m not going to sacrifice multiple months downtime (I only have one mountain bike and no spare wheels – what an amateur!)
    (7) The bike is an heavily built Enduro bike so speccing a shite freehub is just stupidity of the highest order but I can’t actually blame DT Swiss for that…
    And finally…
    When I picked up the built up wheel from the shop (which turned it around in two business days, to their credit), I was told the labour was “comped”. That was about three weeks ago but I only found out about the result about the warranty claim a couple of days ago. Seems they forget to call me to let me know the result which I’ll cut them some slack about as they are really busy. But then I find they “absorbed” some of the credit I was due.

    By the way, no way was I expecting NOT to be out-of-pocket somewhat.

    In normal times, I’d HOPE I would have just been supplied with a new rear wheel by the shop so no labour/spokes/nipples cost would have occurred and DT Swiss/distributer would take the financial hit (and so they should be for supplying shite product).

    In this instance, I wasn’t expecting the shop/distributer/bike manufacturer so refund me the cost of the hub I chose but if the retail price of a 370 is $190, I’d at least expect that full value back as cash, not a partial credit.

    AIBU??

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    At 18 months old and are you not UK based as you gave the cost in $ you are completely reliant on the manufacturers good will and IMO they have no need to reimburse you for the hub you bought.

    Premier Icon SirHC
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    I’m amazed there are people on here replying that think stripped drive ring threads on a hub with known issues well within the warranty period is an acceptable wear and tear item to just eat the cost of and move on. Unless the guy is like 250lbs and riding a battery bike or something?

    Not fit for purpose, like the majority of the crap the manufacturers churn out.
    Its failed because its either been poorly designed, poorly made or poorly assembled. No amount of servicing is going to prolong the life of a drive ring, if it was pawl springs snapping or bearing failing, then yes, lack of maintenance could be cited.

    Bobbins. Its just a bigger frame, they don’t spec different parts on different sizes of bike. Where would you expect them to “cheap out” on the specification, or do you think XL bikes should only be available in 10k builds because biffers?

    The bikes have a weight limit, the median power output of the person at the max weight limit is known and should be factored in when durability testing of the components, but alas this is the bike industry, where durability testing involves chucking it at some pros for a bit and plays second fiddle to the marketing team.

    Premier Icon markgraylish
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    At 18 months old and are you not UK based as you gave the cost in $ you are completely reliant on the manufacturers good will and IMO they have no need to reimburse you for the hub you bought.

    You missed the point there completely 😃

    Premier Icon markgraylish
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    Yes, I’m in Canada so I’m not quoting Sales of Goods Act or any crap like that to the shop 😉
    And the bike doesn’t (AFAIK) have a weight limit, and as I “only” weight 195lb, Id probably be under the limit anyway. And it’s not an eBike either.

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