Today a N.O.S. 2016 Stumpjumper FSR carbon frame set arrived, and I'm not impressed with some aspects of the way the carbon fiber front triangle appears. My CF experience is limited having only owned road forks with CF blades. Otherwise, perusing the offerings at a bike shop and a test ride or three and lots of reading about it generally covers my experience.
I am a believer in CF technology and feel it's proven itself as a worthy structural material. However, I certainly do not like the way it looks, especially as it is rendered on this bike frame. The following photos describe best what I mean, and while I have a multitude of questions, most are probably wanting subjective answers (fine by me, not this forum). Does the frame look "right" to you considering your experiences? I'm concerned about possible flaws or repaired damage. There was no indication from the seller that this was anything but a brand new frame, one of the first "6fatties" having a 148 boost rear end which is aluminum alloy (the rear triangle). More background: frame is a new, 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Carbon "6Fattie" 29/27.5+ purchased on eBay from the seller, Specialized_outlet_store that seem to be truly connected to Specialized though that isn't a certainty. The frame's serial number did register correctly on Specialized's website. The color scheme in the areas of concern is called, "gloss silver tint carbon." Also, I am taking these issues up with "them" (both the seller and the actual Specialized company) via email and will visit my LBS, a Specialized dealer, after the holiday.
Do you feel this looks like a repair of a damaged frame? Amount of material effects weight, but why wouldn't or couldn't one put a layer of consistent weave for cosmetic purposes on the top to hide the inconsistencies of the structural direction? Who in their right mind (@ Specialized) thinks this looks ok, considering the areas of concern are key aspects that one's vision is drawn to? Finally, the seat tube area pictured: is this normal or a flaw? The surface is perfectly smooth and a tapping test doesn't reveal any changes in tone over the area. Thoughts? Opinions? Concerns?