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Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby mosa » Sat Nov 03, 2012 17:31 pm

Local bike shop had a flood with at times £800 + off bikes. No warranty though. Would you buy one?
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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby Herbsman » Sat Nov 03, 2012 17:39 pm

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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby mosa » Sat Nov 03, 2012 17:57 pm

Example 2011 trek madone 4.5 £799? Pity no frame warranty. Seems better than buying 2nd hand I thought
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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby dodgy » Sat Nov 03, 2012 18:04 pm

I suppose it depends on how deep the water was, you have to assume the water has been at bearing level (bottom bracket? Hubs? Headset?!!). In which case budget for replacing or repacking the affected bearings and it sounds like a good deal to me.

Unless it's carbon, water can melt carbon.

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Postby mallorcajeff » Sat Nov 03, 2012 18:15 pm

yep I would although swerve any di2 haha. I have bought many salvage cars with flood damage and only ever had one bad one and there is a hell of a lot more to go wrong on one of them than a bike. Yep buy one and try knock a bit more off for the bearing change (which you would probably not have to do but budget anyway) No warrenty but it woudlnt worry me i have never claimed on a warrenty in my life for anythign other than a casette walkman back in the late 80s which is no bad thing!

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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby mjbennett » Sat Nov 03, 2012 18:56 pm

Getting it wet doesn't mean it's damaged. Chances are, your first ride will get it wet through anyway.
If the bearings etc are well greased they should be ok. It's possible the cables may clog up a bit sooner, but that's no big deal.

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Postby jordan_217 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 19:11 pm

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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby nicklouse » Sat Nov 03, 2012 19:18 pm

would I buy one sure as I can fix/replace what is needed. can you? if you can not then you may have to pay out for who knows.
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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby dodgy » Sat Nov 03, 2012 19:47 pm

What's the name of the shop? Perhaps your fellow forum users could benefit.

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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby Tom Butcher » Sat Nov 03, 2012 20:01 pm

I'd do it if the discount was big enough but I don't think warranty claims are all that unusual - I've known a few people claim on warranties for bikes - two Cervelos for starters (frames cracked), my own Look (bottom bracket sleeve came unstuck), a Kinesis that cracked, a Scott - that's people I know not things I read on forums. OK it's a fairly small minority of bikes but a warranty is worth something and as you can normally get a discount on bikes anyway I'd want a real bargain to make it worthwhile.
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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby mike6 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 20:30 pm

If the frame is carbon there is no problem. As has been posted, bikes get wet in the winter anyway.

Full flood could get into the cables but some lube will sort that. BB bearings should not be a problem, they are packed with grease anyway. If you have concerns strip it and check, its easy to re pack with lube.

If you normally have your bikes serviced by the LBS take it there and get them to do a full service, that would sort any problems or give you peace of mind.

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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby broona » Sat Nov 03, 2012 20:31 pm

It's KB Cycles, nice bunch of people, but unfortunately their whole shop was under water a few weeks ago - http://kbcycles.com/holding.html

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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby mallorcajeff » Sat Nov 03, 2012 21:37 pm

christ there is some bargains there. Im liking the sound of this although di2 i would imagine?

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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby mosa » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:45 am

So put another way if one of these bikes was under water for say 2 days would you still buy one? I hear that water can melt carbon or if gets into the strands where components meet etc it will be knackered?
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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby dodgy » Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:04 pm

mosa wrote:So put another way if one of these bikes was under water for say 2 days would you still buy one? I hear that water can melt carbon or if gets into the strands where components meet etc it will be knackered?


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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby pkripper » Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:26 pm

Shame that the shop has to go through all of this. I'm guessing that they're probably all insurance write-offs hence the lack of any warranty. Some cracking deals to be had there, but looks like visit only.

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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby coriordan » Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:34 pm

I got caught out in the rain once while testing a bike.

When I came back they said it was water damaged I had to buy it

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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby mallorcajeff » Sun Nov 04, 2012 13:15 pm

i owuld have told them to f*** off? Water damages on a test ride? I wouldnt buy it on the basis that if they were right (which they would not be) then its clearly not up to the job intended. I hope you didnt buy it unless you really wanted it. jesus.

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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby coriordan » Sun Nov 04, 2012 13:21 pm

We're gonna need a net to land this one.....

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Re: Water damaged bike would you buy one?

Postby ShutUpLegs » Sun Nov 04, 2012 18:16 pm

What a whopper :lol:
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