how long do full suss frames last?
I’ve got a 2 and a half year old Rocky Mountain ETSX70 which has done getting on for 10,000 entertaining miles. Any pointers on how long aluminium frames last? The original one (2003 model) snapped after a similar duration however that part of the seat tube appears to be bomb proof on the 2006 frame I got under warranty.
MatthewPosted 9 years agomboySubscriber
*Just off to measure a piece of string*
Right, I have the answer, approximately this <——————————————————————————> long.
Sorry, it’s one of those. Look after it and it’ll last a lifetime, ride it for purposes more extreme than it was intended and never service the bearings or pivots, and it may not last a year!Posted 9 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
My 04 SWorks Enduro is still on its original bearings/bushes, albeit with a tiny bit of play in the upper shock bushing now. Has been ridden as a main bike for probably 3 of the last 5 yrs due to SS & HT affairs. It carries a few battle scars but is still a superb bike.Posted 9 years agostumpy01Member
Well, I’m still on my 2001 Stumpjumper FSR, but I live in the flatlands of East Anglia so don’t think it gets that much abuse – although throwing it down a few Spanish hillsides didn’t seem to harm it.
I only changed the original mechs late in 2008, as well as the forks, crankset and brakes. Hey, it’s practically a new bike.Posted 9 years ago
I know of people though who would have killed this frame a long time ago, judging bt their lack of fear and penchant for throwing themselves off large drops.clubberMember
50.3445 million cycles 😉
How long that is will really depend on how much/how hard/what you ride and how well designed/made it is. It really is a ‘how long’s a piece of string’ question.
If you see any cracks in the frame then it’s probably coming to the end of its life…Posted 9 years agogingerflashMember
“Dependent more on a frames design than abuse then?”
No. His 2004 Stumpy FSR is on it’s first bearings. With mine, bearings lasted a few weeks at a time.
I think it’s more to do with the tiny differences between one frame and another, some will be a tiny bit straighter, some bearing housings will be a tiny bit slacker etc.Posted 9 years agogingerflashMember
…but you can always keep putting new bearings and even new shocks into an old frame, at least until standards change, the manufacturer goes bust and the sizes become unavailable.
(Where have all the old Proflexes gone? Is there a big scrapyard of them somewhere?)Posted 9 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
There’s some odl squishy bikes on Retrobike that are still going strong a long way in to their second decade (Think of some of the early Manitous and the like)
As others have said, a lot of it is down to the quality of manufacture in the frame, but a lot will also come down to the care and attention the bike receives, both when ridden and fettled. And dropped from the roof of a car, of course.Posted 9 years agomccettMember
In my experience, ali full sus aywhere from 14 days (Orange Sub 5) to 3 days over the warranty (Rotwild RDH), steel Kona…14 years including being driven over!
Getting close to 2 years apiece out of my Coves though so prob why i’m looking to change as its been a necessity in the past to change when they snapped rather than when i got bored. I did used to ride like a **** though.
Look after them and they may outlast you… unlesss its ali.Posted 9 years ago
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