Crack in paint rear of head tube, z5.

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jaup
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by jaup

My z5 has a few cracks in the paint at the rear of the head tube, should I be concerned?

They have a bit of dirt in them which is why they are darker. They kind of look like stress cracks in the paint, is it common for z5 paint to crack?
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by illnacord

LOL. I cant see a thing!
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jaup
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by jaup

This pic makes it look worse than it is, it's a number of hair line cracks in the paint.
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by jaup

There are 3 close to each other near the junction.

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by sharkman

Guess these will be paint cracks so no reason for concern but since it's winter and these frames don't come cheap I would at least send it of Parlee and have them repaint it under warranty (and have a checkup for peace of mind)

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+1 Parlee will give an honest answer but will want to see it in real.
For some manufacturs you could better ask some "keyboard warriors" because you'll get a more honest answer from them than from the "man" who made it will always say paintcracks and wait till things get worse.
Only way to say is strip all paint and look what's goes under it (but that's hard on a picture). In this case if TS is the first owner and didn't crash it my bet would be paint cracks in this spot but as said I would ride it no more and just ship it in for warranty reasons.

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by Juanmoretime

I agree with all. I think I would also give it the coin tap test. If its sounds solid tapping it with a coin then its most likely a paint issue. If it sounds hollow time to stop riding and send it in for a warranty repair.
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White paint is the worst with this type of situation. Ask Parlee but I'd ride the crap out of that thing and just keep an eye on it.

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by jaup

Thanks for all the replies, I have a plan of attack now and will update the thread in the new year with how i've gone.

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by Riccfs

Hello,
We repair carbon frames and if you are still having problems determining if the bike has a structural crack or just cosmetic give us a call and we can discuss options of NDT testing

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by parlee_Z1

It is not common for the frame or paint to crack there or elsewhere but we will happily inspect this and let you know what the resolution is.

You can contact me directly at Parlee at 1-978-998-4880 or tom@parleecycles.com for a return authorization.

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by jaup

Hi,

Tom has been very helpful and we are currently sorting out the paint cracks.

Thanks

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jaup
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by jaup

This ended up being a paint issue, covered under warranty.

Their customer service was exceptional, Tom was really helpful and it was all sorted out promptly.

Thanks Tom and the folks at Parlee!

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