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From a member PM, this is an important reminder to check second hand goods first before buying.
The example was an ebay sale where a potential buyer was able to check a Carbon Fibre frame before purchase, and discovered that it was cracked, saving him a bad investment - so even on the BNA Market Place, take the steps necessary if you are buying as it is possible to a seller to knowlingly or unknowingly offers faulty or damaged items for sale.
When it comes to bikes or bike parts on eBay, I think I've been ripped off more than I've got good value for secondhand stuff. I've got to the point now where I either buy new or not at all (unless I'm deliberately buying a junker).
As for buying a carbon frame on eBay that turns out to be cracked. No surprises there. I often wonder why anyone buys carbon secondhand.
I recently faced this situation selling a used Anthem X 29er for a mate who was in a sticky financial situation and desperately needed the money.
I put it up for him on my eBay account, but (fortunately as it turns out) I let myself be successfully pestered into selling it off eBay by a persistent buyer.
I took the bike for a test ride before listing and all seemed fine to me, including the fork lock out. I almost purchased it myself in fact, the only reason I didn't was that the bike was a size smaller than my usual ride and I thought I'd be better test riding the Large just to be sure.
Seller got very cranky with me - part of my test ride involved riding down a few flights of stairs, something any mtb should be able to take in its stride. and which I do for fun / skills sharpening on my own bikes nearly every weekend. Our local trail has rougher descents that we ride every weekend in any case. I suppose that reaction should have been a clue, in retrospect.
It turns out the fork stanchions had a slight (3mm) bend in them, which the buyer only picked up when he took it to a LBS to get serviced a week later due to lockout problems. I certainly didn't notice it. If I had, it would have either been disclosed or more likely returned to my mate, his desperation notwithstanding.
Fortunately I had disclosed the fact I was selling on another's behalf and, with the money out of my hands that night, there wasn't a whole lot I could do for the guy who bought it. My mate had decamped to Perth from Sydney pursuing a job offer and had no spare cash in any case. More than likely he'd have blamed me for doing "something" to the bike.
Quite possibly the buyer, a newb, stacked the bike after he took it away from my place, but the bike shop mechanic's reported comments did provide a more credible explanation of why the front wheel had been re-laced than my mate's "they all came loose and were replaced by KOM2 under warranty"
Unfortunately I'll never know the truth, but as a result I won't be selling on behalf of another again.
On the other hand, I've successfully bought a number bikes and other second hand items on ebay, but would never buy a carbon bike second hand.
Was that the same bike you were trying to sell me?(Just being cheeky)
For the Newbies:
- Steel can retain most of it's strength even when bent and returned to form
- Aluminium looses stength once bent, dented, knocked outside of it's original form (so don't buy a damaged Aluminium frame)
- Carbon Fibre can take a pounding however damage can be difficult to recognise and can even be hidden from view.
This is a really simplistic and can be discussed in detail however unless you buy new (and have warranty) or really know the history of the bike, be cautious. I like the suggestion of getting it checked by a mechanic before purchase - if the seller doesn't want it, then be wary.
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