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ToddU
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by ToddU

Anyone have experience buying frames from overseas web-sites? Found a site or two where the BMC frames are much cheaper than, say for example, Competitive Cyclist.

bricky21
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by bricky21

It won't seem like such a great deal if you have to deal with warranty issues. I bought a Parlee Z4 over the internet from an authorized dealer, and had to have it warrantied. Parlee dealt with me directly, but I can't help but wonder if it would have been so easy had I purchased it off the grey market :noidea: Probably best to check with BMC about there warranty policies, and if the person your buying it from is an authorized dealer.

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Leviathan
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by Leviathan

IMHO branded frames being offered MUCH cheaper means there is always a catch - mind you, having just picked up a pair of (real) Bont shoes off the web for 75 Euros I may be wrong!

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carbon2329
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by carbon2329

CompetitiveCyclist has a reputation (at least in my area) to "make deals".

If CC is a place you trust (which I would) a call could save you some $$.

They buy a lot of frames (A LOT :shock: ) so they can give a little on price.

ToddU
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by ToddU

Thanks Carbon2329. That's a good idea. I'm seeing pretty skinny prices on the TeamMachine SLR01 and it makes me wonder if they are knock-offs. Looking to swap a 2010 Felt F2 for the BMC

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dgasmd
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by dgasmd

I've bought to very expensive frames in the last 4 years. One in a LBS and the other "online" from a UK based dealer. Yet to have an issue with either. I would venture to guess the bulk of people that buy a "good brand" frame set has no issues with it either. Is it a risk if something does happen that you could be left hanging? Sure! The frame I bought at the LBS had a limited time warranty that just expired, so I guess both are the same now LOL.........

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by mjduct

bricky21 wrote:It won't seem like such a great deal if you have to deal with warranty issues. I bought a Parlee Z4 over the internet from an authorized dealer, and had to have it warrantied. Parlee dealt with me directly, but I can't help but wonder if it would have been so easy had I purchased it off the grey market :noidea: Probably best to check with BMC about there warranty policies, and if the person your buying it from is an authorized dealer.


I recently bought a Cervelo R5 frameset for 2700 USD it retails for 4900 USD for 2K+ I can get the frame repaired/ repainted 4 or 5 times before I'll break even with the MAP pricing...

ToddU
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by ToddU

anyone got thoughts about BMC slr01 vs a Focus izalco. also, on sizing for the BMC. riding a 52 felt. go up to 53 in BMC or down to a 50?

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