Alright so a few months ago I bought a used Giant Trance 3. Loved riding it, very happy with the Trance. The frame had some cable rub and decided I was gonna powder coat the frame. I also had planned to do the enduro bearing upgrade. So I waited till the bearings arrived before I started to break the bike down.
As I was taking the bike apart I noticed some gouges and deep scratches on the top bearings on the rear triangle. I was gonna take the pieces to a giant dealer to get everything pressed in and out. After seeing the gouges I got concerned and went to my buddies garage and pressed out the bearings on the 12 Ton Press. Much to my concern the previous owner did a horrible job with bearing replacement.
I took the rear triangle to my local bike shop and had a few techs look at it. They gave me 2 responses. The professional honest response was to find a replacement triangle or get a new one from Giant. The 2nd unofficial response was that I could press in the bearings but because of the gouges the bearings will most likely not be centered perfectly and cause the bearings to wear rapidly possibly adding stress to the rear triangle and may crack part of the triangle.
So I turn to you guys because I had planned to get my bike powder coated tomorrow. Now should I take a chance and save up some money so I can buy a new rear triangle in a few months, or use the money I have now that I was gonna use on new shifters, derailuers, and brakes and order the new rear triangle.
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