- Cheap parts on an otherwise expensive bike. What works for you ?
Depends what you call worn out! I keep the whole transmission for a year, then throw it all in the bin!
Were I to get a new chain now, I'm sure it'd object to the cassette wear, but there's no way in hell I'm forking out for a new XX cassette!Posted 10 years ago
G-G-G-GGHETTO tubeless. Brrrraap!Posted 10 years ago
I keep the whole transmission for a year, then throw it all in the bin!
8 year old Spesh grips off a second hand Hardrock are on their 3rd bike now, my Nicolai Helius.Posted 10 years ago
All my bikes run FSA pig headsets. Easy to fit, impossible to mess up, £12 brand new and easy to maintain. I'd like a chris king or hope, I really would, but they do the same job and I can't feel any difference!Posted 10 years ago
deore crappy black shifters,deore lx bb mount front mech(bloody things indestructable)Posted 10 years ago
cheapo silver seat post as looks sweet on the frame,although is v light.so cheap was practically paid to take it from the shop(lol)
Pig headsets for sure. Pity they no longer make them, they were fantastic!
I'll also go for bottom end shimano SPD pedals, no worse than anything more expensive, just heavier.
And LX square taper BB's, 12 quid or something, last just as long as anything else out there.Posted 10 years ago
What's wrong with that Duntmatter? It's totally worn out after a year, and rather than buying chains throughout the year I wear it all out together.
I do tend to change the bike every year too, so it just means not putting a worn transmission on a new bike, which makes sense to me!Posted 10 years ago
Deore rings on XTR cranks for me. And 50p Tescos electric tape instead of Stans yellow tape.Posted 10 years ago
Pig headsets for me too. So cheap and so reliable that I can't resist, even though I know they're heavy.Posted 10 years ago
PVC tape for rim tape and M-Part seatpost clamp. I'd forgotten I use those until someone else mentioned them.Posted 10 years ago
Practical Matt is the only one to own up to using Bike Hut stuff so far then. 😀
As for clothing, I've raced with 3 pairs for £1 Tesco socks inside £80 North Wave shoes.
Truvativ stems – 40 or 50mm, £20.Posted 10 years ago
I must admit I drew the line at Superstar road pads on £1500 carbon wheels! I fitted them, looked at the bike and scratched my head for a few minutes, then took them out and put some SwissStops in, sure they'd have been fine, but I just couldn't do it!Posted 10 years ago
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What's wrong with that
There's nowt wrong with it. I was just surprised at the difference in our levels of expenditure, and attitudes to how disposable / useable things are.Posted 10 years ago
black insulation tape 😀Posted 10 years ago
I've got quite a lot of Decathlon and Aldi bike clothing, but my bikes tend to be a bit of a bling fest – (Orange 5 SE)Posted 10 years ago
Not 'cheap' as such, but I use ancient M747 pedals on my otherwise fairly bling £3k-ish Anthem X. I just can't find any reason not to use them.Posted 10 years ago
There's nowt wrong with it. I was just surprised at the difference in our levels of expenditure, and attitudes to how disposable / useable things are.
Fair enough, I should say, if you didn't know, that I get my bikes heavily subsidised, use for a year and sell on. Were I paying full price I would a) not buy such expensive kit and b) keep it longer. But the chain/cassette/rings are totally destroyed after a year, so they'd need doing anyway!Posted 10 years ago
And you work in LBS, don't have a mortgage etc?
I was the same in those days, but high end quite different then. Still manage a few treats though (2 new frames last year :oops:)Posted 10 years ago
I've got SLX on my Nomad, which I suppose is a bit ghetto, along with super star pads and grips. However the most ghetto thing on all of my bikes is the tons of gaffer tape – all over them on rub points. I suppose I should spend more to make the bike look less shit, but I just can't bring myself to!Posted 10 years ago
On the M520 SPDs, I just picked up two pairs on Ebay, in beautiful white, for £13 a pop. EPIC.Posted 10 years ago
My single speed has a nos Mavic 231 rim on Deore dx hub 20 quid off ebayPosted 10 years ago
And you work in LBS, don't have a mortgage etc?
Not worked in the LBS for a couple of years, still get cheap kit from them though, pay far too much rent too, think a sensible mortgage would be cheaper!Posted 10 years ago
It's totally worn out after a year, and rather than buying chains throughout the year I wear it all out together.
Yeah, but for more normal people who don't dispose of a complete bike after a year, it's a false economy not to change your chain sooner.
I'm struggling to think of cheap bits on my expensive bikes – though I have kind of done the opposite. I have Campag Record on a £400 Pedalforce frame.Posted 10 years ago
I've often totted that up in my head though, and I'm not so sure, at least excluding XX where the cassette is silly money.
If you use X9SL chains on XTR cassettes at £40 and £120 respectively. Assuming you use 3 chains in a year, it's cheaper to keep one for the year and replace with the cassette.
I did used to do that before I changed bikes so often, but I'm not so sure it works that well, you spend a fortune in chains and I don't think the cassettes really do that much better. I will almost certainly be getting an X.9 cassette or sommat though!Posted 10 years ago
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