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The problem here is that with a carbon or aluminum frame it will be hard to assess the damage accurately (at least with the tools that we or a LBS is likely to have). The best tool that you've got is evidence of stress on the frame – like the cracked paint in the photos of bike 1. Add to this the likelihood that aluminum or carbon will fail dramatically and ...


If bike-one has an aluminum frame and only the components were damaged, your LBS's assertion that it is 'ok' seems to be accurate, there's a good chance it could be ridden safely. But that doesn't mean it shouldn't be replaced. Like you said, it sustained quite an impact, it was clearly damaged, and I don't like the look of that cracked paint behind the ...

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