Just noticed my Time Atac Aliums have shot their bearings/bushings again, probably got about 4 months use out of them, maybe 600 miles. Yes, I know they are the cheapest versions but I'm sure they used to last longer! As in, once upon a time, I had to throw a set away because I wore through the bars - whilst they still had minimal play! These new ones have barely had the anodising worn off.
I noticed the same thing with X7 mechs. When they first came out, they were strong and lasted ages - it was a crash that put paid to them. As time went by they would wear out in a couple of months, forcing me to splash the cash for X0 because it ended up being cheaper
What's that all about then? Are companies forced to downgrade quality to keep things the same price? Do people change parts so often these days it doesn't matter? Am I just getting old and grumpy...?