After years of wanting an Ellsworth, I finally managed to get one of the last 2 Evolutions in the UK in my size. The frame finally arrived and I have got as far as putting the headset in when I noticed some powdery deposits around the main pivot bolt. I brushed it away with my finger and ended up with black flakes on my finger, about 2-3 mm wide and almost half way around the recess for the bolt! There are also streaks, silver/white in colour coming from the cable guides on the chainstay, these are fairly small so I don't mind too much, but flaking anodising is unacceptable.
The other problem I have is when I look at the frame head on, the downtube sticks out about 1/4inch more on the non drive side, I was told by the shop that this is because they are handmade, same excuse as for the flaking finish!
I am really dissapointed in this, anyone ever heard of this happening? Not sure if I should send it back or not.
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