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You can do a thorough inspection of the bike and components, including a tear down. I have only ever bought one bike used. After I did, I tore it apart down to the frame and inspected everything. I ended up replacing a wheel because of cracks around a spoke hole on that rig. As far as mixed material forks, that is a pretty common practice. I don't ...


Carbon fiber is a bit tougher to determine the safety of than steel or aluminum (where a thorough visual inspection normally reveals the serious flaws, along with checks of headset tightness and what not) - aside from a thorough visual inspection for cracks and damage all around, you really need a professional evaluation. Bikeradar has some tips for ...

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