I have a 2017 or 2018 Marin Hawk Hill. It has a cracked frame (see photo). My local bike shop contacted Marin, who said they have a frame that can be used. It would also require a shock replacement. The total, including labor, would be $750. I am wondering if it is worth it to do this or if I should instead buy a new bike. I don't want to spend a ton of money, so the replacement frame is appealing, but I also don't want to end up wasting money. enter image description here

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    It's out of warranty right? If so, you have no obligation to stick with Marin.
    – MaplePanda
    Mar 9 at 2:54
  • Yes, it is out of warranty.
    – bill999
    Mar 9 at 4:51
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    What level of build did you buy? 1, 2 or 3 Mar 9 at 8:23
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    Maybe an experienced welder could weld it? There is a lot of ”meat” in the area (much easier to weld than e.g. tubes with thin walls).
    – Michael
    Mar 9 at 9:35
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    The replacement frame is probably being offered to you at a discouut, most of the big manufacturers do this as a cracked frame doesn't look so great for the reputation, even though it's not uncommon.
    – JoeK
    Mar 9 at 19:04

A new similar bike would cost ~1500 €/$/GBP, right? For half the price, you get a new frame, a new shock, all your old&used parts (in which conditions are they)?

No brainer: If you think your parts are worth at least 750$ and you can sell them for more than 750$, sell them and then buy a complete new bike.

If you think your parts are worth less than 750$, accept their offer (or find a better deal on a compatible set frame+fork)

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    Small corrections: reg the new bike, unless you enjoy being without bike in Spring/Summer ;) first buy a complete new bike and then sell the parts (so you bear quite some risk on the capital you invest in the new bike). If you find a better deal, without the labor, take into account that it may take a lot of effort transferring all the parts to the new frame (sum-up: I think 750$ with labor is a really good deal)
    – EarlGrey
    Mar 9 at 11:03

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