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Mike_Iv

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Warranty issues survey
« on: January 04, 2018, 05:14:50 AM »
Hi, guys!
I need your opinions regarding my situation.
I bought Tideace fm-m015 29'' frame about a year ago, built my bike on it, and was really happy) A month ago I found its BSA bottom bracket shell quite loose in it's place and making creaking noises. Store offers 2 years warranty, so I took some pictires of the problem and sent them to Derek from Tideace store. He said they can see the problem and I need to send the frame back: "you can ask others. if their frame was broken or they want to replace new one. they should return the parcel back to us firstly". But i'm not sure about all this sending back thing...
He said I could ask others, so i'm asking: is it really how the frame warranty works? Did you have the similar situations and how was it solved for you?

Thanks!



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Re: Warranty issues survey
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2018, 10:55:17 AM »
That’s a tough one. I know when I had an issue with my Santa Cruz carbon frame, I had to send the frame to them in California. Of course it was only $60 and I got a brand new $2800 frame out of it. Spending $150 or so to get a $300 frame warrantied is something else. If they could repair it and send it back, it might be worth it. I definitely wouldn’t be happy about it though.

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Re: Warranty issues survey
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 07:15:50 PM »
Yeah, I think it's common practice by companies. Personally, if they were willing to warranty the frame, I'd be okay with paying the shipping. But yeah.. it's not ideal.

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Re: Warranty issues survey
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2018, 02:02:49 AM »
I was like you I have to talk to the operator directly. Did you fix it?

Mike_Iv

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Re: Warranty issues survey
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2018, 03:50:38 AM »
No, I didn't fix it and I don't know if it's safe to ride.. I talked to Derek from the official Tideace store. Who else could I contact?
I know that some vendors just send a new frame instead of defective one, and my vendor doesn't want to do the same. So I wanted to collect more opinions regarding this situation just to understand how it should be solved under the warranty terms.

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Re: Warranty issues survey
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2018, 04:53:33 AM »
I think chinese waranty is a big problem.
Low cost---> low waranty.
I hope you will find an issue.
I will read here sometime just to see....

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Re: Warranty issues survey
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2018, 01:45:03 PM »
Peter (Carbon Speed) send me a new frame when my almost  a year old RB01 (road bike) frame mysteriously had a crack on one of the seat stay. He asked for photos and I send him what he needed.  After a couple of days he told me he'll send me a new frame but I'll have to shoulder the shipping (50USD... I live in Asia so it was cheaper). I'm good with that. I asked him if I needed to ship back the cracked frame and he told me I can keep it.

The replacement took about a month though as my size wasn't in stock at that time.  But I was informed about the delay when he told me they are replacing it and I was ok with it. Actual shipping cost was 65USD but he shouldered the excess 15USD.

From my experience, not all Chinese warranty is a big problem. I believe that if my size was available at the time I reported it, I could have received the replacement frame within 10 days. 

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Re: Warranty issues survey
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2018, 03:24:54 AM »
I have problem with Workswell frame - it cracked two of my seat post (frame manufacture failure) They did not come on any solution just said it's my problem. So with warranty it will be same. This was my first and last time buying from Workswell. No problem with Peter!

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Re: Warranty issues survey
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2018, 04:36:59 AM »
As I said on MTBR, I think it is a warranty issue.
And paying $150 to send back a $300 frame does not make much sense.

Well. You could have overtorqued the BB, if you have a BSA, but that does not seem easy to do :)
Lots of folks here see BSA as a safer option for their BB, wait sometimes many more weeks for their build, and in my opinion get an inferior product in the end.
The aluminium shells I saw in details, are quite weak pieces.
The carbon/PF interface, looks simpler and safer to me.
And if it creaks, and you insure it is really coming from the BB, add some Loctite and put back the BB shells.

I'm afraid it comes as we are our own wholesaler/importer with some vendors. Shipping directly from China.
Wholesalers probably cope with those risks, and take this into account in their margin.

Tideace/Haideli sell their frames quite cheaper than Peter.
If your story does not end well, we can unfortunately(I started to like them very much) put them in the same vendor bag as Workswell.
If everything is ok fine. If not... well, you are the one who got a lemon, and are on your own.

On all frames I bought from Peter(for friends, family and me), 2 had problems, one with the shell, and a cracked seatpost.
He honoured the warranty both times.
That has probably a cost for him, that he takes into account.

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Re: Warranty issues survey
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2018, 08:34:03 AM »
Tideace/Haideli sell their frames quite cheaper than Peter.
That has probably a cost for him, that he takes into account.
That's why he's a little bit more expensive. He makes a money reservation, so he can give good service during the warranty period.