So, I posted a while ago [url=http://www.trifuel.com/forum/13499/cracked-head-tube-with-pics-i-need-ad...(here)[/url] about how I cracked my head tube on my bike. I explained the whole situation to Raleigh, and they were cool enough to send me a replacement frame. I've been waiting for about 2 weeks, and this is was came to the LBS on Friday. They told me it looked pretty bad, but I went in today to see for myself. Needless to say, I was a little disappointed.
From what I can tell, there was a spot where the paint was rubbed down to the metal, so they just spray painted over the spot or something. I'm 99% sure that it wasn't an actual dent or anything, but it looks pretty ugly to me. There is nothing wrong with the frame structurally. It's purely cosmetic. Also, as a side note, the Raleigh logo is painted on, it's not a sticker, so I can't just get another sticker or take the existing sticker off or something.
I am waiting for the Raleigh rep to call me and tell me the whole scoop, but I'm wondering what I should do. This is actually an upgrade from my old frame which was full aluminum. This one has carbon stays. My old one was a 2004, and I know this one isn't newer than a 2002. It's a Prestige, which is Raleigh's top-of-the-line road bike. If I tell them I want another one, there's no way of telling what they're going to send me. If it wasn't for the paint problems, I'd totally take this frame. So, should I just suck it up and say "who cares what it looks like" or should I tell them to send me another one, which will probably take another 2 weeks or so. Also, my first tri of the year is on June 21. Anyways, any opinions would be appreciated.