- Cheap parts on an otherwise expensive bike. What works for you ?
Light, strong and cheap. Pick any two.
Sometimes though, the difference between light/heavy and strong/weak is insignificant, while the difference between cheap/expensive is huge.
I'm using Kore £11 skewers and I just ordered some Tioga £10 bar ends because, as far as I can tell, they do exactly the same job as other similar items that cost two or three times as much with no noticeable difference in weight or strength.
So what cheap & cheerful components have you got blighting an otherwise top end niche bike ?Posted 9 years agoPeterPoddyMember
My bike's not bling (853 Inbred) but I did manage to replace an entire drivetrain for £45 a few months ago (3 rings, chain, cassette, rear mech, rear hub!) but scooping up new unwanted, and decent used parts when I came across them.
I''ve just secured the purcase of a pair of wheels AND a set of RS Recon forks too…. £45 for the lot! 🙂Posted 9 years agoRichMember
I have Shimano Deore brakes on my Yeti 575.
I've got Hope M4's in the garage which look more 'bling', but I prefer the feel of these.
Tioga headset that just works so have no need to replace it.
On-one retard wheels in place of my Hope/Mavic setup as they were lighter.
Lots of things, I really dont mind as long as it does the job.Posted 9 years agonickcSubscriber
Deore Brakes, just work, yes they are goping to look at, and probably weigh a smidge too much, but pads are cheap, lever shape is just so, and they stop me. Another 520 user, my feet are on them, I can't see them…
Drivtrain though is all XT, I can make stuff last though, so the extras worth it for me, (middle ring done nearly 2 years)Posted 9 years agopackerMember
I smashed up an XT rear mech at Afan and as the shop there wanted £70 or something for a new one I went for an LX instead as it was the cheapest they had in stock.Posted 9 years ago
I was planning to replace it asap but it has been operating perfectly and to be honest I have not been able to tell the difference!
I am sure it weighs a bit more but other than that I can't fault it.cookeaaSubscriber
Wellgo B54 pedals
Tiagra mechs (On road and DH bikes)
Planet X dog Front Hub
STX 8spd shifter
Deore 36t ring
03 – DJ3 forks
Hone cranks (2 pairs, both 2nd hand, both fine)
the list goes on…
Actually thinking about it most of my bikes are built from cheap tat, I only seem to buy pricey Brake and BB and parts lately, almost everything else just works regardless of price…
Higher cost seems to be diminishing returns in my view, not sure I'd buy anything much above XT level, infact Deore/SLX is more than adequate for most people I reckon but then I'm not Racing XC, I think for serious XC racers the weight savings must be the key to value hence XTR stuff will always sell to someone…
Maintenance is the key, look after the kit and it looks after you (and your wallet)…Posted 9 years agoPractical MattMember
Bike hut carbon post on my Hardtail gripping bel air titanium saddle soaks up all the buzz nicley.
Core skewers on my five and an LX cassette with XT groupset.
Lidle micro pump used lots.
Lidle computer, Brand X panniers, Bike hut pannier rack on my commuter bike (trek FX)Posted 9 years agoSurf-MatMember
Tricky on the Stumpy as I've upgraded everything – front wheel is cheapish but about to be replaced. I guess the stem is still OEM but fine as are the grips. Also went for a pretty cheap (BBB) carbon bar as it looked stronger than pricier ones. I did find £20 Sauserwinds fine then they stopped making them so now it's ludicrously overpriced Nobby Nic Evos.
Not got anything top end (XX, XO or XTR – apart from cables) but lots of X9, XT and similar level – IMO it's more than enough.Posted 9 years ago
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