Long story, short: Cervelo R3 + iPhone in rear wheel = shattered seat stay.
- New Frame - $2400
- Highly recommended carbon repair shop: $500 repair + $100 paint + $50 shipping
- Spyder Composites: $160 xray/repair/paint + $42 shipping
Based on some investigation and asking around I was comfortable that Spyder could do as good/better as anyone else out there.
Had my LBS strip and ship the frame. When they received it back last week they called and said the work was top-notch. They actually checked the serial number, saying they thought perhaps it wasn't my frame.
Picked it up tonight, and was truly/pleasantly surprised at the quality of the work. Looks as close to new as could be imagined. If you're not familiar with the seat stays on a Cervelo, they aren't much thicker than your typical #2 pencil...
Even after close inspection I had to stop and think hard about which side had been damaged... since damage/repair was obvious on neither side.
Sadly, January weather here in NJ (plus some work and personal commitments) dictates that it will be a week or so before I get out on it again.
Thanks to Frank and the team at Spyder Composites!
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