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I have a specialized Stumpy M4 frame that recently had the top tube crushed. The frame is now trashed (it still rides, just!)

However as the frame is now defunct I am willing to experiment and let a friend fix/replace the top tube. He is an alloy specialist who makes alloy wheels, stair case rails and generally anything to do with alloy manipulation. I need info on the alloy that specialized use for their M4 frames, this is because different types of aluminum cannot be welded together due to temperature tolerances, ie. 7005 cannot be welded to 6061.

If anyone has any info on specialized frame materials or has any interest in fixing, experimenting with aluminum frames then your input will be greatly appreciated. :)
 

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Why not see if Specialized has a crash replacement policy? They may give you a discount on a replacement frame if you turn in the damaged one.
 

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Zanetti said:
Why not see if Specialized has a crash replacement policy? They may give you a discount on a replacement frame if you turn in the damaged one.
As a former warranty manager at a couple of Specialized shops...they do have a quite generous crash replacement policy. And they allow upgrading as well...just in case you had any thoughts of an FSR
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Great info, papercutninja. The frame repair will now go on hold while I talk to my LBS regarding the crash replacement policy that Zanetti and mtnbiker72 (thanks for the info guys!). If the frame repair goes ahead I will create a new post an document the entire experience.

I Need to find out what they can offer and for how much. Any idea on what charges/costs are involved with specialized crash replacement policy?
 

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Just got off the phone to specialized UK customer support and here is what they told me:

For a crash frame replacement specialized offer 40% off retail value on what they have in stock (they didn't have any stumpys), good times! They told me a Stumpy HT retails at £500, BAD TIMES! (but they don't sell the frames retail). So I could get a new stumpjumper HT frame for £300.

Bit angry at the prices but if thats what they cost then thats what they cost, and I suppose at least they offer something for their customers. I guess I was just hoping for something a little more 'wholesale' in terms of pricing - I shouldn't have got my hopes up :(

When the frame broke I went straight to eBay and got an '03 Santa Crux Chameleon for £110. It would be nice to have my stumpy back but not for £300, ive seen 2nd hand '05 S works go for £200 on the bay.

Enough ranting, il put this up in the Specialized forum. Its back to hack and slash repairs!
 

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No not really, just didnt expect an alloy frame built by a robot in Taiwan to cost $1000, thats all. Sorry for being naive!
 
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