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  • Premier Icon Tiger6791
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    What are the the best components, not silly money stuff just Merc (not Rolls Royce)?

    Thompson seat post?
    Fizik saddle ?
    Hope hubs?
    Chris King headset?

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    plus Thompson Stem & Easton bars, I’d agree…

    haggis1978
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    not sure about the saddle choice as everybodys backside is different but the rest i would agree with with maybe the Hope stem in there alongside the Thompson

    ashfanman
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    Saddles are a bit too personal to say which is ‘best’. I really don’t find Fiziks at all comfortable, for example, and would say SDG are much better.

    And Chris King headsets are pretty Rolls Royce.

    I’d also add Shimano SPDs to that list.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Definitely Shimano SPDs

    Mavic rims? A lot of competition around these days though.

    Stems – don’t see how one can be better than another when you get to a certain quality level, it’s just what you like the look of…

    And I’d say my Controltech seatpost is better than a Thomson – does the same job, but is cheaper and lighter.

    I’m being awkward, aren’t I.

    cynic-al
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    Stems/seatposts/bars…lots of cheap brands do it just as well as Thomson, so their marketing dept would be pleased.

    LX hubs- cheap and and last as long as xtr.

    Rims-stan’s for weight weenies, good to see mavic get competition at last.

    Stevelol
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    BOS or Cane Creek suspension 😀

    bigrich
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    the internally ovalised thompson seat post doesn’t bend, unlike the straight gauge cheapo ones. I know, I’ve had one for 10 years.

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    Fizik Saddle… SDG BelAir 8)

    +1 Hope Headset, Stem, Hubs (best below Rolls Royce standard IMO)

    Easton Bars

    Thomson Post (or Reverb 😀 )

    XT Drivetrain

    Maxxis rubber for me too.

    Premier Icon ton
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    thomson
    shimano spd’s
    charge spoons
    xt cranks
    blackspire middle and inner rings
    icebreaker merino
    5/10 exum’s

    Renthal bars and stem.

    loum
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    Fizik SaddleSDG BelAir …Prologo saddle 😉

    SDG squeak and break too much (have had all 3)

    Premier Icon Tiger6791
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    Grips?
    Cables?
    Hoses?
    Brakes?
    Saddlebag?
    Bolts?
    Rotors?
    Pedals? (agree XTR or XT SPD)
    Skewers?
    Spokes?
    Rims?
    Tyres?
    Tubes?
    Shoes?
    Shorts?

    Grips? Bonty for me
    Cables? std shimano and cablemagic
    Hoses?
    Brakes? SLX
    Saddlebag?
    Bolts?
    Rotors?
    Pedals? I also agree XTR or XT SPD, or 647s for rougher stuff
    Skewers? Shimano, always
    Spokes? DT
    Rims? Stans or Mavic
    Tyres? Like my fat alberts
    Tubes? None
    Shoes? Spesh (or Northwaves for winter)
    Shorts? Lycra – Giordana, baggies – whatever.

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    So nothing much then

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    Shimano 647 DX spds.
    From a SS perspective…White Ind freewheels.

    Topeak Hummer multitool.
    Lezyne alloy drive pump.

    Endura Humvees.

    I have a thompson stem. very nicely made but the clamping system is far too easy to overtighten and get to jam / seize. Also a fiddle to fit sometimes.

    Best stuff Iown?

    topeak alien multtool

    tubus racks,

    XTR rear mechs

    Marzocchi open bath forks

    Premier Icon Tiger6791
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    Are they brands dear boy?

    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    King hubs (and headsets, and BB’s)
    Mavic rims
    Easton carbon bars
    Xtr over the equivalent SRAM
    Sdg bel air
    5:10s

    Before anyone starts crying over the price of kings, they last forever (im on set 2, only reason being the first lot were nicked) so they are good value if bought new, or a good S/H buy, as I did.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Topeak Hexus
    Formula The One brakes
    Easton carbon bars

    Hope hubs are a bit of an odd one, they’re not the best of anything never mind the best of the best. But they’re the most competent of the adequate.

    Premier Icon igm
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    Time ATAC over Shimano SPD for me – but I reckon all contact points, not just saddles are personal.

    bol
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    the internally ovalised thompson seat post doesn’t bend

    You’re not trying hard enough 😉

    I managed to put a bit of layback on one of mine.

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    King – over-rated.
    Thomson – heavy and expensive

    finbar
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    I think almost everything on this thread is subjective, except:

    Tubus racks

    And i’ll add Ortlieb panniers.

    There are genuinely no better alternatives to these products.

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    The “Best” for any given component?

    It’s all just opinions and anecdotes innit?
    I know what I like and what has/hasn’t worked for me in the past, but that’s just me.

    Hence there is no such thing as Best… IMO

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