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Buying advice - Specialized Diverge

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by TGG, 10 Nov 2016.

  1. TGG

    TGG Active Member

    Hello All,

    I've just bought a new Specialized Diverge, and whilst the bike is great, the assembly is disturbing.

    If you are thinking of buying yourself or your kids a new bike for Christmas, literally check everything on it before it leaves the store (regardless of where you buy it). Don't assume that some "qualified" technician has properly built and safety checked it. You should check everything, or if you don't know much about bikes, borrow someone that does!

    My experience is not a good one:


    Good luck!

  2. Drago

    Drago Guru

    I wish my life was so empty that I had time to create a web page detailing items of such little consequence.
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  3. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Did you allow them to rectify before spending all that time on your blog?

    I'm not sure many bike shops actually builds the bikes to that extent. I thought they arrive assembled and boxed from the manufacturer, albeit with handlebars askew, possibly wheels and saddle off?
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  4. mattobrien

    mattobrien Veteran

    Sunny Suffolk
    Oily hand prints :eek: I'm surprised it didn't go straight back to the shop for a full refund.
  5. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming
    Rear brake cable too long..

    LOL, solution, a simple case of bending it slightly.
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  6. OP

    TGG Active Member


    My point is, no matter where you buy a bike from, check it thoroughly before you get it home. Evans don't want anything to do with it now I've made the proper adjustments because I may have damaged it. Wtf.
  7. OP

    TGG Active Member

    Yet you found the time to reply.
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  8. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    If you don't like handprints, buying a Matt finish grey bike may not be the right choice :smile:
  9. Roadrider48

    Roadrider48 Voice of the people

    I bet Evans are gutted.
  10. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    If I was forced to buy a Specialized, I'd at least support an independent, given Spesh's level of price control
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  11. OP

    TGG Active Member

    I'm fine with my own oily hand prints :smile:
  12. OP

    TGG Active Member

    :smile: simple case of shortening it... Oh but now Evans are washing their hands of it because I've worked on it.
  13. Apollonius

    Apollonius Über Member

    Might the "oily hand-prints" be grease from the chickens on the gears?

    When i bought a bike from Evans 3 years ago, nothing was too much trouble. This was the one at Manchester Velodrome.
  14. If I found evidence of incorrect cable rounting, I'd be livid. As for finding birds clagging up my front mech and brakes, well I'd be incandescent with rage.
  15. T.M.H.N.E.T

    T.M.H.N.E.T Disc brakes - Stopping things since 1902

    Northern Ireland
    Could you post the blog text instead of a link
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