(Sorry if there's a better thread for this, wasn't sure where to put it).
My very shitty year doesn't look like it's ending anytime soon. Today, I rear-ended a car that stopped abruptly in front of me (my fault entirely, I know) and completely destroyed the downtube of my high-end steel frame, and, I assume, the toptube as well (though it doesn't show any visible dent, it looks ever so slightly bent, so it probably is).
Did any of you have a front triangle completely replaced (without any modification to the geometry), and if so, how much did it cost? Please let me know whether your price includes paint.
I'm currently very broke and unemployed, so I'm trying to evaluate my options, i.e. will I be able to afford a repair in a semi-distant future, and is it even interesting financially vs buying a whole new frame.
I've sent a flurry of emails to local (i.e. French) framebuilders, but they generally take a while to reply. As my brain is racing through the options, it'd help if I could have an idea of the average cost of the repair right now.
Tubing was Velospec 75, with the following characteristics :
Top tube 28,6mm - Velospec 75 - 0.7/0.4/0.7 mm
Down tube 38,1mm - 0.7/0.4/0.7mm
Head tube 44 mm - CrMo CNC
Frameset (CK headset and noname carbon fork included) was 1594€ (in December 2020, when I bought it), if that matters.