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Which bicycle brand has the best (frame + fork) warranty ?

I prefer the lifetime warranty (LFW). But a TRUE lifetime warranty (not for first owner only).

(For example TREK and Specialized has an LFW for first owner only.)

So I can buy a used bike. (Being more specific I'm considering an entry-level road bike)

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    To paraphrase, you're after the one with the longest warranty that can be reassigned to a new owner? Or a warranty that never ends?
    – Criggie
    Aug 22 at 10:46
  • Re assigned is fine with me. Or let's say a general warranty of 50 years, would be better, that the lifetime which couldn't be transferred to new owners.
    – Michael D
    Aug 22 at 12:03
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    Transferable warranties are very uncommon among bikes. I don’t know any major brands that have them.
    – Weiwen Ng
    Aug 22 at 13:04
  • Do you consider the reputation of the manufacturer honoring claims in you definition of best?
    – mattnz
    Aug 23 at 3:41

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There's no universal answer to this question. It depends on where and when the bike has been purchased. I haven't done an extensive search on the topic, but as stated by Weimen Ng in the comment, untransferrable warranties are the norm.

I'm only aware of one exception: Decathlon, in some countries. To take 3 examples:

  • Decathlon France and Beligum explicitely indicates that this warranty exists for bikes purchased after 2013, if you can prove you are the legitimate owner - there's even an entry in the FAQ about that
  • Decathlon UK limits this warranty to bikes sold by Decathlon and to the original owner of the bike, under the condition that they have registered the bike.
  • Decathlon India doesn't indicate if there's a exclusion for second hand bikes. I don't know enough about Indian Consumer Protection laws to know whether this omission is at the benefit of the vendor or the buyer.

Generally speaking, note that there are exclusions that can be used by the manufacturer to refuse a claim (improper use, poor maintenance, bending, denting, use of non-conform parts,...). So up to you to evaluate how these policies are applicable to an old bike that has been used and that has different parts than the original ones.

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