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Just trying to garner opinions here - I stripped down my Specialized Roubaix disc frame and inspected the mudguard rub behind the BB. To me it looks pretty cosmetic, but as I intend to sell the frame, should I hold off advertising it?

Hopefully the photo should show a crescent shaped gouge about 12mm long, and it's about 1mm deep. Would this be enough to render it structurally unsound?

I will try and post the photo as a seperate reply, as it doesn't look like I can add photos to the OP

 

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KendalRed [65 posts] 2 months ago
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Photo:

 

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alansmurphy [425 posts] 2 months ago
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tis merely a scratch, come back and finish me off!

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KendalRed [65 posts] 2 months ago
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I think my irony/sarcasm radar has developed a fault - not sure if you're being serious or not!

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unconstituted [2355 posts] 2 months ago
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What size is the frame, I know a guy who wants to start cycling soon. Give you £300 for it. angel

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mattydubster [61 posts] 2 months ago
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There is a lot of carbon around that area, it wouldn't bother me in the slightest to use it.

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KendalRed [65 posts] 2 months ago
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unconstituted wrote:

What size is the frame, I know a guy who wants to start cycling soon. Give you £300 for it. angel

54. With fork and Axis 2.0 wheelset (no headset)

 

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KendalRed [65 posts] 2 months ago
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mattydubster wrote:

There is a lot of carbon around that area, it wouldn't bother me in the slightest to use it.

thanks M - I kind of thought as much, but no bad thing to get independent opinion (Sans emoticon!)

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alansmurphy [425 posts] 2 months ago
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List it, note the damage, say what it's from, let the buyer decide...

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KendalRed [65 posts] 2 months ago
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alansmurphy wrote:

List it, note the damage, say what it's from, let the buyer decide...

 

Yes, that was what I was going to do anyway, but just for my piece of mind I thought I'd just check I wasn't going to sell someone a deathtrap!

Thanks all for the replies.

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Grahamd [453 posts] 2 months ago
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KendalRed wrote:
alansmurphy wrote:

List it, note the damage, say what it's from, let the buyer decide...

 

Yes, that was what I was going to do anyway, but just for my piece of mind I thought I'd just check I wasn't going to sell someone a deathtrap!

Thanks all for the replies.

Looks ready for a catastrophic failure, I will take it off your hands for a fiver to ease your conscience.

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CXR94Di2 [1575 posts] 2 months ago
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Keep a close eye to see if cracks appear at the ends of the rubbing.  You could always use some carbon resin compound to fill the gouge.  

 

It will most likely be fine, but will devalue the frame from anybody buying it 2nd hand

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wellsprop [172 posts] 2 months ago
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CXR94Di2 wrote:

Keep a close eye to see if cracks appear at the ends of the rubbing.  You could always use some carbon resin compound to fill the gouge.  

 

It will most likely be fine, but will devalue the frame from anybody buying it 2nd hand

Carbon resin sounds like a wise idea, it won't fix the rub, but I imagine it may assist protecting against further wear (and possibly cracks?)

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dinosaurJR [201 posts] 2 months ago
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Regular (extra strong, not rapid hardening) two pack epoxy, a bit of sanding, some time and patience and some black nail polish / black automotive touch up paint. 

You could have that fixed up nicely. 

I say this because it looks cosmetic. If it were a larger ding I would get it professionally repaired.

 

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madcarew [205 posts] 2 months ago
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You can't see carbon fibres in the scratch so it's fine. Filling it with some extra strong epoxy is a good idea. If you look at the top of your forks (under the crown) you will probably see multiple scratches and dings like this. Nothing to worry about.

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KendalRed [65 posts] 2 months ago
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Thanks again for the tips guys. Will see what I can do about filling the gap.

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matthewn5 [1004 posts] 2 months ago
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CXR94Di2 wrote:

It will most likely be fine, but will devalue the frame from anybody buying it 2nd hand

That's your real problem.

I'd suggest getting it inspected by a carbon place and showing potential buyers detailed images. Then your conscience is clear.

 

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BehindTheBikesheds [309 posts] 2 months ago
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If this was caused due to the positioning of the attachments on the frame itself - so that no matter which guard you affixed it would rub/make contact,  and/or guards that were specified for the frame then you would have cause for complaint to the manufacturer.

Is it knackered, well, don't bank on that rub not being a problem structurally, check out this vid and you might have a better idea as to how much meat there might be in that area, evebn though it's a Roubaix I'd say more than an out and out racing frame but it still isn't going to be much.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZbg5hCRyvs

ATEOTD you're going to get peanuts selling it knowing that it has damage , bog std/mass produced CF frames are ten a penny these days.

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srchar [451 posts] 2 months ago
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Bang an authentic-looking sticker over it and get it on eBay. Caveat emptor and all that.