how strong are our bikes….
on rocky descents i spend a lot of the time thinking ‘ i hope that my wheels/forks/brakes/frame do not give way’
If I have time to do that, then I ain’t going fast enough.
If I don’t have confidence in a piece of kit it gets changed for one I *do* have confidence in.
I know I’m a skinny bugger, but (touch wood) I’ve never had a component fail catastrophically whilst “just” riding. I’ve broken stuff as a result of crashes (which is my own fault for not being good enough and crashing in the first place), I’ve broken minor parts whilst riding, but bar the odd chain, I’ve never broken anything that’s then lead to a crash.
That said my bikes are all sensibly specced for purpose, and I’m a relatively easy load case. Stick to sensible kit from reputable manufacturers and you should be fine.Posted 8 years agoMrOvershootSubscriber
I sort of know what you mean ton, though the thoughts don’t usually happen till I have the bike on the work stand and I notice how flimsey standard dropouts on forks look (Probably why I now have 3 bikes with Maxles) or how thin the walls of the handlebars look.Posted 8 years ago
At the time I’m usually too scared/busy trying to find a line less likely to overface my low level of ability to have any other thoughts in my head.GWMember
ton – Member
i ride as fast/hard as the next man.
do you truly believe that? Don’t take this badly, but I’d genuinely be surprised simply going from your weight/size and bike you ride if in reality you rode hard at all. I wouldn’t dispute the fact your bikes will take a lot of punishment tho.Posted 8 years agoJonEdwardsMember
not what i was asking.
i ride as fast/hard as the next man.
but it is in my head.
…and I’m saying if you have time to think about anything other than hanging onto the bike and pointing it where you want to go, then you could be going faster. I’m absolutely comitted mentally and physically to making the bike go as fast as I damn well can. Nothing else.
I might worry about such things at home, in the car, when cleaning it whatever. Absolutely NOT whilst riding.Posted 8 years agoGNARGNARMember
I’ve broken components, not many mind you. Cranks on my bmx, bent discs, broken seat posts casing jumps on the hard tail. Had a few wheels explode etc.. Never really worried about frame or forks. In fact I rarely worry about damaging or breaking most of my components which is why I posted a thread this morning about some bikes being over built for their required task.Posted 8 years agonickcSubscriber
I snapped a frame riding into a tree. But I’ve never broken anything whilst it was doing what it was supposed to be able to do. If I thought for a moment that any part of my bike couldn’t handle what I want it to do, like Jon, I’d replace it. Also agree with his comment about going fast, I’ve no time to think about anything other than what’s happening.Posted 8 years agoauldyMember
I can see where Ton is coming from too – I am 15.5 Stone and ride an Orange Prestige which has really skinny steel tubes, esp at the rear end which flex quite a bit when the back brake is used. Thinking of changing to a more “clydesdale” type of hardtail for my size / weight for piece of mind more than anything else.Posted 8 years agodavehMember
Auldy – what you need is the brake booster I’ve got in my bits-and-pieces box, it’ll stiffen it right up! I used to give a 3.5lbs steel xc frame a good 17 stone Peak District beating on a regular basis without problem but I was always a little unsure. Now I have a Rocky Ridge and Heckler, shouldn’t have much of a problem with those two!Posted 8 years agoUncleFredMember
Sheared the Seat Tube on a Trek Fuel 80. Right accross about 6 inches up from the BB. Same bike had gone through 3 swing arms, all cracking in the same place. Trek has just replaced the Alu swing arm with a carbon one. My guess is the extra stiffness and the locked shock stressed the frame. I was climbing in the saddle at the time.
Trek replaced the frame and I’ve not had a repetition. To be honest the original bike was a lemon. The only thing that I haven’t replaced from the original bike are the Bars, The Stem, the rocker link, the Brake Levers and Brake Calipers. Everything else has died or worn out.Posted 8 years agojonbMember
Never really worried.
I’ve broken a few wheels but never catastrophically. Normally bearing failure or reshaping the rim (did one on the ice cream run at rivi).
Cracked a lightweight frame but assumed I rode it for a few weeks like that.
I ride a 456 but think I could quite easily do the riding I do on the standard inbred.
Brant would be an interesting one to answer this, not sure how he tested the on one’s but I wonder how much stronger the 456 is over the inbred and whether it is guestimated or precisely tested?Posted 8 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
do you truly believe that? Don’t take this badly, but I’d genuinely be surprised simply going from your weight/size and bike you ride if in reality you rode hard at all. I wouldn’t dispute the fact your bikes will take a lot of punishment tho.
WTF?Posted 8 years ago
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