This is a Surly Krampus frame; I just noticed this small dent while cleaning. It was purchased brand new, I've had it for about 2 weeks. Should I be worried?

Photo of a bicycle tube, with a small dent circled.

  • It honestly might just be a paint defect too.
    – MaplePanda
    Nov 18, 2021 at 17:33
  • This demonstrates the usefulness of regular cleaning as it lets us discover potential defects, minor or major.
    – Carel
    Nov 18, 2021 at 18:04
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    On a standard steel frame such a dent is hardly worth mentioning. Nov 19, 2021 at 1:19
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    I think we need a canonical question and answer for dent judgement type questions. Nov 19, 2021 at 7:31

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No, you should not be worried. A dent of that size is probably not a concern on all but the very lightest (and thinnest walled) steel tubing. Surly are economical bikes and use relatively heavy and thick-walled steel.

It’s my understanding that framebuilders can roll out dents larger than this, but not so large enough to warrant replacing the whole tube.

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    *Yes, safe to ride. No, shouldn’t be worried.
    – Michael
    Nov 18, 2021 at 15:47
  • Thank you guys!
    – King Perds
    Nov 19, 2021 at 13:44

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