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    is this a chip in paint or a chip in the carbon?

    I was going to buy this used frame, but am having second thoughts now that i've seen this little divot.

    It is small, and that looks like the strongest part of the frame.... but what if I want to resell the frame some day?

    29'r hardtail. I don't jump, might be do a 2 foot huck/drop or something occassionally.

    I can't pick away threads but the rock/collision raised up that edge a tiny bit, making me wonder if it is more than paint.

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    https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...k4R2daODU5aDhn

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    Looks like a chip in the carbon to me. I doubt it's going to effect the structural integrity. I'm sure there's some kind of filler you could use to fill it, like epoxy. Not sure if that's the correct product for the job. That being said I think you should buy it and don't stress on it for resale.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg_raleigh View Post
    ...I don't jump, might be do a 2 foot huck/drop or something occassionally....
    Do you ever fall over or crash? That's where my frame gets all it dings...and maybe an occasional rock thrown up. The ding in the pic is nada.
    What, me worry?

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    i only mentioned hucking vs jumping to give an idea of the type of stress i'll be doing to this hardtail. And I might run it single-speed. Thanks for your thoughts & opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Looks like a chip in the carbon to me. I doubt it's going to effect the structural integrity. I'm sure there's some kind of filler you could use to fill it, like epoxy(or whatever)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I'm sure there's some kind of filler you could use to fill it, like epoxy. Not sure if that's the correct product for the job. That being said I think you should buy it and don't stress on it for resale.
    For paint chips over carbon, but the carbon is fine, I just apply a dab of clear nail polish to keep moisture out.

    If the carbon is actually chipped, a little dab of clear epoxy would be a better choice. In the event that it's more than a little chip (as in, it goes all the way through), you can still fix it, but it will take sheets of carbon (pre-impregnated ones are easier to use), and a bit more work.

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    No need to keep moisture out. The inside of the frame is bare and likely has plenty of water lurking in it. The best thing for it is to get lots of dings and scratches from being ridden hard. Or, put it in a museum and thrash your Walmart bike.
    What, me worry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    No need to keep moisture out. The inside of the frame is bare and likely has plenty of water lurking in it. The best thing for it is to get lots of dings and scratches from being ridden hard. Or, put it in a museum and thrash your Walmart bike.
    it's a simple preventive. extra insurance against more paint flaking off, or for water to find a way between carbon layers

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    Why was the carbon chip so similar to his father?


    He was a chip off the old frame.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    i actually feel dumber after reading that...


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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker. View Post
    i actually feel dumber after reading that...
    LOL
    Sorry, I had just exited from the bad joke thread when that popped in my head.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Please go back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Sorry, I had just exited from the bad joke thread when that popped in my head.
    That was too bad for the bad joke thread, as it does not qualify as a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tribble Me View Post
    Please go back!
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    That was too bad for the bad joke thread, as it does not qualify as a joke.
    Tough crowd..
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Tough crowd.
    Terrible comedian.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    Terrible comedian.

    The first step is admitting it.
    Last edited by DIRTJUNKIE; 11-18-2016 at 08:27 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    If you squint just right, it sorta looks like Chip Douglas.
    "And crawling on the planet's face, some insects called, The Human Race..."

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    I'm thinking that chip looks more like Jesus.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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