You make a very good case Dan, so thanks for an alternate perspective on this one. This has been bugging me all day, as I simply cant think of a reason why someone would repair in this manner - the bottom section has been cut very straight and the swaged section, despite appearances, has been done very neatly in that it's constant in it's 'machining'. The overall job looks rough around the bonding and the fact that a steerer section like this is the last thing you'd expect to see - so your mind is made up already that it's been broken and then fixed.
Halfway down this page http://my.opera.com/badmadcyclist/blog/?startidx=2620
is a cutaway picture of a a carbon fork and there's a lot to be said of the similarity to how mine appears to be constructed - at least there's some idea that the steerer on a carbon tube isn't perhaps built as we all might expect?
So - does this mean i'm any more confident in riding on these forks?....erm, no not really. I'm going to contact Giant and see if there's anyone there who can I ask some questions of...basically if this is how it came out the factory i'm happy to ride it (I think), if it's any sort of repair then it's to the skip.
If I hear anything back i'll post it up here so that it's out there for anyone else who finds such a gruesome discovery
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