Since my 2012 TREK Madone 6.9 Frame had a crack in the seat stay I had no choice but to give it to my retailer to return it to TREK. From there, TREK examined the bike and said I was entitled to a replacement frame (which means buying a new frame with a 30% discount off retail price).
Since they don’t make the 2012 frame any more I have to buy a 2013 frame. So what do I buy? They don’t make the 6.9 anymore. The top of the line 6 series is the 6.5. Do I upgrade to the 7 series? I do race a lot but I am not a pro cyclist. After a lot of consideration I decided to get the 6.5. It’s slightly stronger, hardly any heavier and hopefully will last through all my training and racing for a few years to come.
But the story doesn’t end there. Eagar to get the new frame in time for spring training I ordered it from a TREK retailer using the managers iPad to search through Project One frames. My bad. When the frame arrived both the store manager and I realized the color scheme was not what we thought it was. We were both surprised to see purple in the frame color. Also, during the wait for the frame I did a lot of research on the H1 and H2 frames and wish I had ordered the H1. So here I have a TREK 6.5 Madone frame that cost a handsome amount of money and I don’t like the color and I don’t like that it’s H2. To kick myself even more, when it arrived I talked myself into thinking, it’s not really that bad. But a few sleepless nights wishing I could exchange it got me back to the retailer asking to change it in. After all, when I spend this kind of money, I want to be 100% satisfied.
When I told the store manager what I wanted to do he hummed and hawed about it. The Frame has never been out of its box except the one time to look at it. When he finally said it can’t be done, I emailed TREK directly. I live in Japan but I emailed TREK USA because I wanted to speak English and make sure there were no misunderstandings. They told me it is possible but needed some more information first. When I explained that I live in Japan they turned me over to the TREK JAPAN. The last email I got from TREK JAPAN says:
Thank you for contacting us.
Our sale representative for “Retail Store” already knew your situation and provided the shop with our answer.
Please let us consider what we can do for you.
We will talk with you when the solution is decided.
I haven’t heard back from them yet (3 weeks later). But they did call the retail store and try to get them to tell me “No”. But the retailer couldn’t give a reason why.
I went to another bike store where I’m good friends with the mechanics and they told me all the frames they deal with (ie BMC, Specialized etc) have a return policy if the customer isn’t happy.
Some pondering questions:
1) Why can’t the frame be exchanged? It’s brand new and never been used. It’s not a custom paint job. It’s a factory chosen color.
2) TREK USA said it is possible to do. Why is TREK Japan different?
3) Is this a TREK policy or is the retailer the one that is refusing to let me exchange the frame? No one is giving me direct answers (Which is very typical in Japan).
4) TREK claims to have the best warranty in the business. My Frame has never been used, and it is a 2013 model. I simply want to upgrade and spend even more money with TREK. Why is this not possible? TREK is the 2nd largest bike company in the world. Isn’t customer satisfaction important?
I sent the guy at TREK who’s in charge of my case the same questions (but more polite) and have not heard back from them.
NOTE: Now, I should clarify, I actually do like the frame I have. More so, if I can exchange it I will. The goal is to search out all possible angles so that I leave nothing on the table. When I find the answer either way, I will be satisfied. 🙂
Story to be continued….