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Chip in carbon seat stay

edited January 2021 in Workshop
Iv just had a bike delivered from an ebay seller. Upon close inspection I noticed a small chip in the seat stay (see pic). The bike is carbon. Should I be worried that this chip affects the integrity of the frame or do you guys think its purely cosmetic? Here's a full size version of the best pic:


  • rafletcherrafletcher Posts: 1,235
    IMO cosmetic.
  • david37david37 Posts: 1,313
    looks cosmetic to me too.
    but it's very difficult to tell from these little pics. disclaimer etc
  • Thanks for your reply guys. It appears the uploaded shrank my pics.... Here is full size which should give you a better idea :
  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 13,698
    Looks like paint to me.
  • piker2piker2 Posts: 48
    just cosmetic. put a bit of matching nail varnish on it.
  • So far this is what I was hoping you'd say. Thankyou guys for your opinions. I will most likely ask the buyer for a small refund to cover the cost of matt Black touch up paint as it was more than likely the pedals what he'd just put in the box loose that caused this.
  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 11,644
    Paint only. You can see it hasn't even touched the carbon.

    Re refund - don't be tight. Go to Halfords, get a £1.99 thing of touch up. Or use some nail varnish - clear of black.
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • david37david37 Posts: 1,313
    agree looks like paint touch it up and it will be good as gold. scuffs like that make the bike your own, especially if youve repaired them yourself. :)
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