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I'm looking at purchasing a used (not cracked) 2001 Truth. I know they have breakage issues, this one isn't cracked or damaged. I'm wondering this: If I purchase it and it subsequently cracks, will Ellsworth do anything for me in terms of replacement? I understand the whole $485 to "upgrade", and would be willing to accept that. But would I even be able to access that as I wouldn't be the original owner (and so wouldn't have a receipt or anything)?

I know the 2001 breakage topic has been beaten to death, I'm not trying to open up yet another thread just to rehash that stuff - I think this is a different topic, and I didn't see anything in the former posts addressing this. Thanks for any help.
 

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On their '01 warranty card its saids "This warranty is given to the original retail pruchaser ONLY". Yes ONLY was in caps on the card. Judging on past postings here i doubt they will do much for you and best case senario is they would maybe cover you in a "crash replacement" type offering of $1400 for a new frame. But who knows? The best thing to do is to shoot them an email.
 

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As said above, the warranty is original owner only. Now you could take a chance and see if the guy you are buying if from agrees to help you if it breaks later in making a claim. Just hope he isn't long gone if it happens. I personally would never want to remain connected to a frame that I sold.

IMO, you better be getting a really sweet deal on this frame. I had a 2001 that broke and I know why it broke and why they changed the design. If you are a gentile rider, it may never break on you. For me it's not a hard decision.
 

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Canuck Doc said:
I'm looking at purchasing a used (not cracked) 2001 Truth. I know they have breakage issues, this one isn't cracked or damaged. I'm wondering this: If I purchase it and it subsequently cracks, will Ellsworth do anything for me in terms of replacement? I understand the whole $485 to "upgrade", and would be willing to accept that. But would I even be able to access that as I wouldn't be the original owner (and so wouldn't have a receipt or anything)?

I know the 2001 breakage topic has been beaten to death, I'm not trying to open up yet another thread just to rehash that stuff - I think this is a different topic, and I didn't see anything in the former posts addressing this. Thanks for any help.
I got my 2001 Truth used from a bike shop owner who agreed to take care of any warranty issues. After 4 years, it's still all original and yes, I have been checking for crack on the seat tube. So far, so good. :::knock on wood::: The Truth has been a joy to ride and I have to say, compared to my old GT LTS, maintenance is almost nill. I ride trails that are mostly fireroad/singletrack, a few drops here and there, but nothing over a foot. Typical SoCal stuff. I would take lidarman's advice though, make sure the guy is willing to help you out. I still maintain communication with the guy that sold me my bike. You never know what'll happen in the future.
 
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