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hafjell said:
I'm considering an '05 Giant. Full carbon. I just met the owner. He's a bike addict, I bet he took care of it. Still, any reason not to buy a used carbon frame?

It is not as good for the economy as buying a new one. Otherwise, used is the way to go.
 

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Because Amurica needs yur support. :D

It should be fine. Check it over and be sure.
 

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Wow, with so many facts to go on, how could we not render sage advice?
Visually inspect the frame with a fine tooth comb, if anything looks askance,
avoid, otherwise OK.
 

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With carbon, look for your obligatory scratches and dings (chips), but also look at the edges of the head tube, the seat tube and major junctions for any imperfections in paint, and/or weave, as well as any possible stress fractures. Check behind the bottom bracket, under the top tube by the head tube, the top of the top tube by both the head tube and seat tube, etc. Those areas are "more prone" to cracking. TCR's are good bikes and should be somewhat easy to check out. Sometimes an imperfection could look like a crack, so just be thorough.

This doesn't even take into accout any controls.

Good luck!
 
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