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"Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...?
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LBS has Cervelo bikes with blemishes. Large discount to buy them. They are still under full warranty. Supposedly some paint issues, etc.

Is this ok to buy? Any chance the blemish could be, or lead to, a crack in the carbon fiber? I really don't care if it's just an issue visually.

It's a good price, just not sure if getting a bike with a blemish is worth it.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [teege] [ In reply to ]
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This is just a guess...I'm in no way an expert...but I would be shocked if a LBS sold a bike they knew to be unsafe or had any risks of being compromised by these "blemishes."

My guess would be that because they are willing to sell it, they don't believe there are any safety concerns with the frame.

Drew
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [teege] [ In reply to ]
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worth it!
most of the time the blemishes are pretty small. paint drip etc.

if its a good price, go for it!
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [teege] [ In reply to ]
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Are you talking about a shop near Toronto? i've been to Wheels of Bloor and they seem to have a number of N.O.S bikes from the Cervelo factory.

In any case, I would first make sure that they are in fact a recognized Cervelo dealer. If not, then Cervelo would not warranty any claims or stand behind the quality of the bike. You could also call Cervelo customer support to see if this is a legit practice.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [teege] [ In reply to ]
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"Blemish" bikes sold by LBS

AKA, Bikes the Shop Guys Have Been Riding Around for Three Months Which They Cannot Sell As New.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [nickwhite] [ In reply to ]
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Wrong. Cervelos sent from the factory labeled as "blemish" bikes by Cervelo itself.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [teege] [ In reply to ]
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There was a certain online shop located in Boulder that sold blemish Cervelo frames for a large discount. By the looks of it they only have a few P3 in size 51 available.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [jkhayc] [ In reply to ]
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Wrong. Cervelos sent from the factory labeled as "blemish" bikes by Cervelo itself.

In general, I'm in agreement w/ you about the Cervelo brand. To the OP, I'd take a blem Cervelo any day. I also believe you get the warranty with the bike.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [jkhayc] [ In reply to ]
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would you recommend these blemished bikes based on what you know about them ? or would you go with a "new" bike ?
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [stealth] [ In reply to ]
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Yes, I would recommend them
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [stealth] [ In reply to ]
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The OP deleted his thread, but he bought the blem Cervelo bike, and then had issues with, well, the blemishes:
http://forum.slowtwitch.com/gforum.cgi?post=3052418

It's like a used bike with a warranty. I'd buy one any day as long is the blem is minor.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [nickwhite] [ In reply to ]
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The OP deleted his thread, but he bought the blem Cervelo bike, and then had issues with, well, the blemishes:

No. The blemishes are fine.

Do you try to tool up every thread you post in?
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [teege] [ In reply to ]
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Do you try to tool up every thread you post in?

No, really it depends on my mood. I'd say like 40%, maybe more.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [teege] [ In reply to ]
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I bought a "blemish" S2. On the (white) frame, there is a black mark that wouldn't come out with scrubbing. It's not big or deep enough to be a carbon flaw, but since nobody wants to spend $6,000 on an imperfect bike, I got it for cheap.

I do second the "Shop employees have ridden hundreds of miles on it" theory. That was definitely the case in this same shop.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [teege] [ In reply to ]
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Cervélo does not sell blemished bikes or seconds or anything like that. Most likely these are used bikes and they aren't warrantied. If you have any questions then send an email and ask Cervélo if the LBS is an authorized Cervélo dealer.

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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [TheDC] [ In reply to ]
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Excel sports sells new, blemished Cervelos, and they are pretty reputable.

Beware random internet experts.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [teege] [ In reply to ]
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The OP deleted his thread, but he bought the blem Cervelo bike, and then had issues with, well, the blemishes:


No. The blemishes are fine.

Do you try to tool up every thread you post in?

Maybe if you didn't make three threads on two different forums seeking opinions on the same issue (And getting the same answers) you wouldn't reap the rewards.

oh, and just FYI, when you delete a post after 6 people have already replied, the post title and stuff is in the quoted posts, everyone knows what you were talking about anyway.

And even though you think nick's being a "tool" (Gotta love the euphemisms that people come up with when they are too squeamish to actually say the word "dick"), he's got a point. If I'm buying a frame that is a known blemish frame, I'm going to look at it carefully first. If I see the seatpost/seat wear and scratches, I'm going to ask.

If you want a comparison, when you move into an apartment you note all current damage in the apartment (i.e. inspect the place). If you don't note the damage, you assume responsibility for it. It's pretty much the same thing here IMHO. You didn't inspect/note the damage before buying a frame with known defects. Caveat Emptor.

John



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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [teege] [ In reply to ]
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Bought a blemished R3 frameset about 9 months ago from Excel Sports out of Boulder.

Called them up and the guy on the phone personally picked up the frames in my size and described the blemishes to me. He started laughing when he picked one of them and said he was glad they marked the blemish, because he wouldn't have been able to find it otherwise.

I took that one and he was right. Frame looked pristine, it had never been built up.

Go for it. Great deal. Customer service was top notch as well.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [teege] [ In reply to ]
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I got my Blem Dual from insideout 3 or 4 years ago, less than dime size white spot under the clearcoat on the top tube where there is a decal.

For $999, well worth the spot I only think about or notice when these threads come up.

Great communication from a shop more than 1k away.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [bvfrompc] [ In reply to ]
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Someone on BT just got a blemished Cervelo and sounds like it is in worse shape than he expected. Here is the link...
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [persondude27] [ In reply to ]
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I bought a "blemish" S2. On the (white) frame, there is a black mark that wouldn't come out with scrubbing. It's not big or deep enough to be a carbon flaw, but since nobody wants to spend $6,000 on an imperfect bike, I got it for cheap.

I do second the "Shop employees have ridden hundreds of miles on it" theory. That was definitely the case in this same shop.

Which shop? Can you PM me the name if you don't want to display to the public. You keep writing about living in the Boulder area and that's where I live.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [teege] [ In reply to ]
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I know an LBS manager who rides a "blemish" Trek 6.9 because Trek can't sell it as new.

The problem? They forgot the "T" on the downtubes and the stores's Trek rep didn't want to sent the frame back for repainting. We tease the guy all the time about his "Rek", but he laughs at us as well since he only paid $500 for it!
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [Tri Slow Poke] [ In reply to ]
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Think of it this way. After about a month of riding any frame it will have more blemishes than one of these "blemish" frames.
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Re: "Blemish" bikes sold by LBS...? [KathyG] [ In reply to ]
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Someone on BT just got a blemished Cervelo and sounds like it is in worse shape than he expected. Here is the link...

Man that thread seems to be gone to... I want to see what he complained about... but all the threads seem to get pulled.

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