- can a bike get to old
nah not really, as long as it’s still working and suits your needs, plenty of us still racking up the miles on 10 and in some cases 20 year old bikes and having plenty of fun.
Doesn’t mean a new bike wouldn’t ride better, but it is entirely dependent on what you’re after.
just dont seem to see that many people on any thing older than a couple year’s
Pssst, the people on here posting all the time about new kit don’t really ride bikes 😉Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
See plenty on older bikes normally, my last frames have been 07-09. For me the reasons that things go “Out of date” are things like head tube sizes (left 1 1/8″ behind), lack of chain guide mounting, rear bolts etc. things change rather than go out of date, if you can still get spares for your frame and it still works for you then carry on.Posted 4 years agohaggis1978Member
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This one is old enough to get into the pubs 😉Posted 4 years agohaggis1978Member
Im useless at posting pictures so heres a linkPosted 4 years agoandrewhMember
Just retired my 1999 Marin. It was just as fast this year as it was then. New stuff may be faster but it doesn’t make the old stuff any less fun.Posted 4 years ago
Reliablity was becoming an issue though, main pivot needed a service every 3hrs of riding, not really feasable. Replaced with a 5yr old Konachum3Member
kiwijohn – I thought it was the absence of brakes that makes you go faster! 😉
I retired my FS frame when the shock started rattling in it. Could have investigated getting it sorted, but the frame was from 2008, seen a bit of abuse, and the riding I’m doing is different now, so thought I’d get something new – a bargain on a 26’er as turns out!
EDIT – spellingPosted 4 years agolondonerinozMember
In the late nineties and early noughties I seem to remember XC racers, and mags even, talking about the need to get a new frame within 3 years since it would become flexy. I can’t remember if this was just considered to be the case with aluminium frames, or steel as well. It was suggested though that some team editions were not available for sale since they built them lighter than usual, such as getting sponsored riders on the FSR. This may all have been BS though. Does anyone else remember this?Posted 4 years agoti_pin_manMember
I’m currently having a bike from 1994 repaired so I can keep on riding it and I still ride my FS from 2000. I’ve also recently purchased a 1992 retrobike as a project build. In all my years biking the age of the bike actually makes little difference as long as it suits your needs and makes you smile.Posted 4 years agokeefmacSubscriber
i am still riding my 2002 merlin malt 1. great bike, just had to replace the forks earlier this year as they were knacked and parts no longer available. swapped bars and stem a few months ago for shorter reach and wider bars, everything else is as new. still use it every weekend but am gettng a new canyon next year for my birthday. will keep the merlin though, N+1 rule and all that.Posted 4 years ago3dpatriotMember
Still riding my 2004 patriot with dirt jumper 2 forks, ok it may not be the fastest and it ain’t light compared to new offerings, but its never let me down and get more riding then my on-one 456 and still great fun.
As for the forks only serviced twice in 9 years and and once was this year and the stanchions are unmarked and running as smooth as ever.
Oh and as its an orange you can’t’t tell the age anyway as they still look the same now, ish :O)Posted 4 years ago
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