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  • sherry
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    The reason I ask is I have had little or no joy with budget components. I never usually buy them but recently bought a Cube LTD SL 29er and the bike is pretty good but the headset and BB have been wrecked in less than 10 rides. Cleaned and greased properly. Upgraded the Fox forks to the FIT performance model and not really impressed, not terrible though.

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    M520s
    UN72s

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    shimano spds
    shimano brakes
    kmc chains
    shimano chainsets (and BBs IMO though others will disagree)
    on-one / p-x frames (esp for ss – some think they foul up if you get chainsuck with gears)
    full-length cabling

    (secret with headset and bb bearings is to fill ’em up with heavy grease before use, IMO – some say not to but it works for me)

    vdubber67
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    Amphetamines? 😉

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    meehaja
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    Shimano deore. Its not flash or fancy but I’ve never broken it either.

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    i just wait til CRC sell expensive stuff dirt cheap.

    plumber
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    Joyo guitar pedals

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    Shimano M520 SPD pedals
    KMC X9 chain
    SLX chainset

    Current Deore brakes – better than some models costing 5 times the price.

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    My Magicshine lights have lasted 3 years so far and have been great. 😀

    De Walt (or similar) safety glasses from DIY shops

    on one framesets cos they work and are far better than they should be considering the price

    stumpy01
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    Cane Creek s-3 headset
    Shimano 520 pedals
    Stuff on offer from Merlin

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    spirit levels

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    Aldi kit!

    their winter gloves are brilliant.

    deviant
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    Another vote for the Deore range, cheap and good.

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    Bell track pump from Asda.
    Aldi Neoprene gloves.
    Deore middle chainrings.

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    Cane Creek and FSA headsets- why people pay more I don’t know
    Deore chainrings- last forever, but also keep shifting well for longer than anything else I’ve used.
    Bolle safety glasses for riding in

    wysiwyg
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    Polish immigrants…

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    My verdict on cheap comes at the end of life.

    For me thats
    Hope Headsets, BB’s, Hubs and Brakes
    Mavic Rims
    Camelbacks

    Cost per ride is minimal these days.

    Kevevs
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    deore.
    FSA XL2 headset
    aldi 5watt light
    ALDI cycling kit in genereal, gloves, jacket, winter cycling trews, socks
    ASDA fingerless gloves
    2nd one for bolle safety glasses.
    Ebay – got a brand new Rocky Mountain Vertex frame for £150 shop liquidation. Pisses on any on one.
    STW Classifieds – blokes that buy good stuff, never use it, then sell it cheap.

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    I’ll also add proper ride kit

    Most of my stuff was in the 60+quid short price range, tops at RRP too 🙂

    Most barring crash damage are fine 4-6 years on.

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    That’s not cheap stuff that works, that’s expensive stuff that’s good value, different question entirely.

    petrieboy
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    Ronhill tracksters – my “new” ones are at least 10 years old!

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    Findus lasagne

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    Oakley Factory gloves. <£20

    trailmoggy
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    Another vote for aldi winter gloves

    And cheap Chinese roadie kits, you’ll find me decked out in Castelli for £25 (not that you’d want to mind)

    Markie
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    On-One Chunky Monkeys…

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    Superstar sintered brake pads

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    Superstar pads +1

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    knife, fork and spoon

    Bolle +1

    motozulu
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    On One smorgs.

    Safety glasses from Screwfix, as stated above. Buy for a fiver, use for a couple of years/ get scratched and chuck and get a new pair.
    I like Michelin tyres. Always look for end of range. Tubeless and just happy to ride them Find it nuts to pay £45 a tyre for a bike !!
    Shimano SPD’s ……. buy them, run them, er….. keep running them.
    On One smoothie headsets………… sorry I lied there 😉
    Some Decathlon clothing isnt too bad for the money either.

    longj
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    That’s not cheap stuff that works, that’s expensive stuff that’s good value, different question entirely.

    Pedant

    mikewsmith – Member
    My verdict on cheap comes at the end of life.

    Camelbacks

    +1 on Camelbaks – I just sold one which I’d used for five years or more. It had been through every sort of crap imaginable, been fallen on, put away dirty, never cleaned.

    Gave it a clean, cleared all my stuff out of it, and there wasn’t a thread out of place, every zip, buckle and clip was as new.

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    Crane cycling kit from Aldi.
    SLX. (all of it)
    Superstar pads
    Superstar grips
    Superstar stems
    Spoons, Knives and Ladles
    Gusset BBs
    Shimano SPDs
    Tesco Hydration pack. (2 litre bladder and 6 litre carrying capacity for £7.)
    BBG bashguards
    Blackspire Stingers

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    shimano sora (shifters, derailleurs, cranks).

    nearly 1500km of shitty winter commuting/riding/mud/salt/crap, with literally no maintenance.

    underneath all the filth, it still looks, and works, like new.

    (ie, perfectly)

    tbark22
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    Chinese chain cleaner, I paid about £3 with shipping and it is absolutely fantastic.

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    Chinese chain cleaner, I paid about £3 with shipping and it is absolutely fantastic.

    Save £3 and use a hose pipe 🙂

    sherry
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    Some pretty good ideas there. But slx kit isn’t really that cheap. I was meaning budget stuff. Like the Shimano BB50, utter pants even with a faced BB shell. OK not a good example ha ha.

    Wellgo V12 copy pedals 🙂

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