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Changing Trek Frame
#1
Just took my Trek to the shop for a tuneup, they called and said the frame is cracked at the rear derailleur. They say they can give me a new frame but it will be expensive to move all the parts over to the new frame.

Can I move the parts over myself? How many specialized tools will be needed? I've got lots of tools, and I'm pretty handy, but I'm trrying to decide if it will be worth the effort.

Thanks!
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#2
What are your countries consumer rights.?
If the frame has cracked and under warranty then should you have to stand the cost for corrective action.?

As it is you would need some "special" tools for certain parts but generally a set of "allen keys" for the common jobs.
It depends on how competent you feel about doing the work.
Main problem areas would be the head set and bottom bracket.
You should be able to swap the handlebars over without stripping the brake levers and tape.
You will need a chain tool for the chain unless it has a "quick release" link.
You could ask your LBS for a price for doing the headset and bottom bracket. The rest should be a straight swap and then you would have to adjust the cables for gearing and brakes.

There is a thread on here somewhere with the same query about swapping frames but I can't find it.
Check out Alex's videos and Park Tool website for instructions on the various parts.
Ride hard or ride home alone!
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#3
Found the thread:-
http://forums.bikeride.com/thread-702.html
Ride hard or ride home alone!
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#4
Check out my thread on homemade tools for headset removal and installation tools.

http://forums.bikeride.com/thread-922.html
http://forums.bikeride.com/thread-923.html

Bottom bracket tool, chain tool, you need to buy.

After that, you're good. CyclerUK covered the rest.

Good Luck!Big Grin
Dedicated scholar of bicycles
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#5
Actually I seen an article on how one can make a chain tool on instructables. Ah here it is...
http://www.instructables.com/id/chain-whip-cassette-removing-tool/ there is a another one just use "chain whip" as the keywords in the website search. Not sure on the Bottom Bracket tool.
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
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#6
Just wanted to give a quick update - took the bike back to the original shop where I bought it - and Trek warrantied a new bike! Excellent - they know what they are doing - customer for life!
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#7
(02-27-2010, 08:50 PM)jrucker Wrote:  Just wanted to give a quick update - took the bike back to the original shop where I bought it - and Trek warrantied a new bike! Excellent - they know what they are doing - customer for life!

Aw dang! Sometimes, if you're lucky, you end up with the broken frame as a momento. Good news on the replacement bike.
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