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    Crack in Carbon Fork

    Hey guys, the other day I was going down a very steep hill when my front reflector came loose and smacked against the side of my carbon fork several times before i could bring the bike to a stop. I stopped to check for any damage noticed non and continued on. Couple of days later i noticed that when ever i would stand on the bike it would make a lot of craking noises i checked it out and saw what i believe to be a small crack in the fork. I have just sent trek an email and am planning on going down to the LBS tuesday. Am i screwed or will this be under warrenty? My bike is a couple months shy of a year old. Thanks in advance...

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    I don't know about the warranty, but if it were me, I sure wouldn't ride it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davey81
    Hey guys, the other day I was going down a very steep hill when my front reflector came loose and smacked against the side of my carbon fork several times before i could bring the bike to a stop. I stopped to check for any damage noticed non and continued on. Couple of days later i noticed that when ever i would stand on the bike it would make a lot of craking noises i checked it out and saw what i believe to be a small crack in the fork. I have just sent trek an email and am planning on going down to the LBS tuesday. Am i screwed or will this be under warrenty? My bike is a couple months shy of a year old. Thanks in advance...
    Warranty will likely not get you a free replacement fork. They might give you a discount on a new one though.

    I also would not ride on that fork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davey81
    Hey guys, the other day I was going down a very steep hill when my front reflector came loose and smacked against the side of my carbon fork several times before i could bring the bike to a stop. I stopped to check for any damage noticed non and continued on. Couple of days later i noticed that when ever i would stand on the bike it would make a lot of craking noises i checked it out and saw what i believe to be a small crack in the fork. I have just sent trek an email and am planning on going down to the LBS tuesday. Am i screwed or will this be under warrenty? My bike is a couple months shy of a year old. Thanks in advance...

    Take a coin or small metal screwdriver and tap along the fork around the "crack." If you hear a change in the sound of the tapping, then you probably have a crack, and it would not be advisable to continue riding the fork. If the sound doesn't change, then do a very close visual inspection (a hand held magnifying glass would help). It might just be surface damage and the noise you hear might be just coincidence. Warranty? I don't see anything in this that suggests "manufacturing defect."

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    Quote Originally Posted by davey81
    Am i screwed or will this be under warrenty? My bike is a couple months shy of a year old. Thanks in advance...
    The only angle I could see getting you anywhere with regard to warranty replacement would be the fact that the reflector which they put on their wheel caused the damage. Of course, I am assuming we are talking about a reflector and wheel which were supplied with the bike. As others have mentioned, the fork itself isn't faulty.

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    and next time take those stupid reflectors off.

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