- Member10 April 2012 at 9:44 am
I thought the Verderers Trail at the Forest of Dean only broke a spoke in the front wheel but this morning while polishing it (for the first time ever) I noticed a nasty crack in the frame.
And I’d been out for a 20 mile ride the other day too.
Now though I have a real justification for a new bike!
Whoop whoop full suspension here I come!
- Member10 April 2012 at 10:46 am
If you bought that new and can prove it, they have a lifetime warranty on the frames so you should be covered.
- Member10 April 2012 at 11:04 am
Ooh that’s interesting. Guess I would need to contact Trek about that.
- Member10 April 2012 at 11:06 am
Nope, shop you bought it from or a Trek/GF dealer, you’ll need your receipt or other proof you bought it new though.
- Member10 April 2012 at 11:18 am
I bought it online from paulscycles.co.uk in 2006 (IIRC). It’s possible I might have a receipt but it’s also possible I chucked it :-/
- Member10 April 2012 at 11:31 am
Contact them, check your emails (if saved) for order no./ confirmation etc, you should be able to get proof from CC/Bank for the transaction.
- Member14 April 2012 at 6:23 pm
Definitely worth doing that dude as the likelyhood is you’ll either get a new bike or an updated model, which you could then sell to fund the full suss 😀
- Member19 April 2012 at 8:23 pm
Thanks stu8975 for letting me know about the warranty. The bank sent me a duplicate statement, and I used archive.org to find an archived page advertising the bike for the price shown in the statement, and took the frame (after removing all components) to activcycles who’ve sent it on to Trek.
If they do decide to replace it, it will be interesting to see what they send. Gary Fisher bikes all have 29″ wheels now, but the Marlin Disc was 26″.
I’m looking forward to getting a replacement frame. In some ways, more than getting a new bike. A new bike is identical to all the other new bikes of the same brand and model. Whereas this thing I’ve replaced the components over the years is a bit more unique and feels more personal.
I will buy a new frame if Trek don’t replace it. Otherwise I’ve just wasted money on a Middleburn chainset (46, 36, 26 teeth) and a Funn Grippa stem. But then I’ve still got a new rear cassette and chain that’s been sat around for the past year waiting for a new chainset.
So I’m thinking of using this as more of a speed machine for perhaps cycling to work on (10.5 miles each way) and the full suspension bike purely for off roading (never for cycling to work on).
- Member20 April 2012 at 1:19 pm
Most likely a Trek frame unless they have old stock of any 26″w GF’s
- Member20 April 2012 at 2:09 pm
It will be a red on of these:
…. a full bike.
- Member20 April 2012 at 2:25 pm
Result! Presumably you’ll flog the kit on and fit all of your upgrades? 😀
- Member20 April 2012 at 2:38 pm
Better than a smack in the teeth to be honest, and you could always use your parts to upgrade it (or sell them and get some cash back!!)
- Member20 April 2012 at 2:48 pm
I’m reasonably pleased with it. On the phone the guy in the bike shop said frame tech has evolved since 2004 so this frame will probably be about the same level or slightly better as the Marlin was back then. The Marlin came with deore hydraulics (which I’ve never had any problems with whatsoever*) and a 9 speed drive train, whereas this has mechanical discs and 8 speed. My dad could probably use the gears and maybe the discs.
Will upgrade the drive train to 9 speed, and the mechanical discs to hydros. I’ll pick and choose the rest of the parts like seat posts and handle bars.
Definitely much better than a smack in the teeth!
*they started to feel very squidgy on the last few sections of the FOD Verderers trail.
- Member21 April 2012 at 3:33 pm
You could always pick up a cheap frame and transfer the bits to it and make some money out of it if you prefer the Marlin’s spec.
P.S. I’ll invoice you for my services 😉
- Member26 April 2012 at 10:13 pm
Picked up the new Trek 3900 today:
Rode it from the shop to my car. First thing I noticed it didn’t feel quite so responsive to acceleration. Second thing I noticed was it didn’t want to stop – came as a bit of a shock as I approached the junction. To be fair the mechanical disc brakes probably aren’t bedded in yet.
Stripped everything off. Including the thread inside the chain-side crank arm (ooops wrong crank-remover fitting). The Octalink BB I’d fitted to the Marlin as an upgrade happens to be the right size for the 3900 so fitted that, along with Deore crankset and the Middleburn chainrings I bought for their extra teeth 😀
Not only do the bottom brackets match, but gear hanger is exactly the same too.
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