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May 9, 2018, 11:17 a.m. -  Andrew Major

Growing from your great point re. warranty: 1) Frames with rare or proprietary parts will make it extra expensive to transfer parts to another brand. Seat post, headset, wheels, hubs, BB  - lots of things that can limit swappability and therefore lock-in to an expensive replacement. Some companies are also notorious for not stocking spare frame parts (carbon chainstays seem to be particularly irksome). 2) Many, many times I’ve seen cracked older frames where there is essentially zero transferability of parts to a new frame which then means trying to part out and start over or getting back into the used pool for a compatible frame. Some frames (like the Remedy I mentioned) have great reputations for durability - which isn’t to say that none ever break. Others are known for near 100% failure rates - research!

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