Stuff that just keeps working
Since I've just finished my second season of guiding in the Alps, thought I'd post up a wee list of kit that has just kept working (and stuff that hasn't).
Best of the best:
Hayes 9 brakes.
Powerful, easy to work on, great pad life. Mine have goodridge hoses and I run them with original Hayes sintered pads as much as possible. Mine must be 4 years old now (had them before I moved out here) and they actually came from the classifieds on here so may be even older! Damaged them in crashes a couple of times over the 2 years, otherwise zero problems. Both times they were easy to fix myself and parts were cheap.
DT Swiss 5.1 rims.
These seem to get a slagging on here. Mine have been brilliant. I dinged the rear once during my first season due to pilot error. Straightened that out with an adjustable spanner and had no hassles since. Run them tubeless using the DT Swiss rimstrips and UST tyres.
Maxxis High-Rollers (2.5" Super-tacky UST DH version)
God's own front tyre.
Shimano Hone Cranks
Also coming on for 4 years old and still going strong. Think I replaced the bearings once last year, not at all this year.
Time Z Control pedals
7 years, no maintenance, no play, no problems. Ultimate reliability. (I swapped to flats a year ago though).
EA30 bars, Thomson stem, Thomson posts, Hope QR seat collar
Yup, everything's still where it should be. Every bike should have a Hope QR seatpost clamp!
Great but minor problems or not them long enough to say
Orange Alpine 160 Frame. Love it, and not expecting any problems.
Santa Cruz Heckler (06 model) frame. Loved this frame, but I did eventually snap it in July. Can't complain, it had done a season and a half of top-notch service out here plus a year or so back in the UK.
Hope ProII hubs. Great, not even had to replace the bearings yet, but I did snap a rear axle (replaced super-fast by Hope, awesome service!). Freehub springs have gone too, but that's fair enough. Started with QR both ends, now 20mm front, 12mm rear.
RockShox Lyrik U-turn
Fitted at the start of this season. Been really pleased with them, no hassles at all. Small amount of oil leakage through the Mission Control damper, but not a big deal.
Shimano QR axles – break way too easily
Avid Juicy 5's – good brakes when they work, but too prone to heat problems and pad replacement is a bad joke (especially compared to Hayes).
Aside from the bike, big shout-outs go to: Fox Sidewinder gloves, Oakley bike shorts, Giro helmets and my trusty Canon Powershot S50 which has survived far too many crashes, drops and soakings.Posted 8 years agoshortcutSubscriber
SRAM gripshifters are one of the most reliable components I have ever had.
Thomson seat pins, King Headsets, Turner 5 Spot Frame, Hope XC Hubs are pretty reliable too as are Hope Mono M4's first generation (black and gold), Rockshox Pikes are pretty good too considering.Posted 8 years agoel_creedoMember
Organic – I'm with you on Burton Kit. I have 2 top end AK jackets – one is 6 years old and still in one nice, stylish yet functional piece having been on umpteen trips and out in endless rain/wind/snow. The other is 16months old and still like brand new.
MTB stuff (prepares to be laughed at):
– Shimano M435 disc hubs have lasted me ages and ages! ohPosted 8 years ago
– and my DX pedals which are now 2 bikes and 7 years old, never serviced, still smooth, amazing (grubs are a bit knackered now though!).mike_pMember
Every bike should have a Hope QR seatpost clamp!
You've got to be joking, they're rubbish. The Salsa flip-lock's the only one I've ever used that works 100% of the time, others can't be done up tight enough and as for the Hope one… it just breaks before you can get it anywhere near tight enough!
+1 for Thommo post and stem, XT mechs, 2004 Marzocchi
Also Easton EA50 riser bars, FSA XL2 headsets, Bel Air saddles, Shimano QRs, Ground Effect baggies… all knockout kit for reasonable wedge
Shockers: Anything from USE, Pace sus forksPosted 8 years agollamaMember
+1 hayes 9 but eventually the resevoir bladder splits then you are buggered
hope bulb rear now 4 years old with no maintenance. I say 4 years, that is how long I have owned it as I got it 2nd hand. No idea how old it is. Changed the bearings on the front this year.
wi freewheel 4th winter in all kinds of shit only now looking like it needs a service
z150s and mx compsPosted 8 years ago
it just breaks before you can get it anywhere near tight enough!
you must be incredibly ham-fisted: I've had them on my last three bikes and haven't broken a single one.
Second that, no idea what you're doing to them! Mine has been on 3 different frames and is nearly 10 years old. It's been slip free on every frame/post combination, is smooth as you like and hasn't broken.Posted 8 years agoooOOooMember
Anything by Sombrio. The gloves seem absolutely indestuctable
Damn I broke both of mine just putting them on! I think Canadians must have tiny hands…
Waterproof shorts are still going strong though.
With the amount of new shiny products in MTB I'm worried that it's getting more like PCs – huge amount of products going obsolete way before they wear out.Posted 8 years agosquattingmouseMember
Cheaper Sram mechs – I've got a three and a half year old SX-5 mech that's still going strong.
Mavic rims – both my heavier (EX721) and lighter (XC717) going straight and true despite gung ho approaches.
Marzocchi forks of the pre-Taiwan era. I have two pairs of 2006 forks both performing flawlessly with no maintenance at all.
Another UN52 bottom bracket and deore square taper crankset – three years old again.
If you bear the weight truvativ howitzer bb – mines 4 years old, been in four frames two of which were unfaced and has absolutely no play in it.
Hope QR seat clamp – both of mine support my 95kg bulk nicely.
FSA Pig – forgotten hold old but still on original bearings with minmal fettling. I think anything that gets in is just ground to dust by the huge lower bearings!Posted 8 years agosquinMember
Time pedals – 8 yrs and countingPosted 8 years ago
Hope XC Hubs – likewise.
3 pairs of underpants that must be about 7 yrs old, threadbare but still supportive (unlike the wife's opinion of them!).
Scarpa leather walking boots – 19 yrs old
Marin Pine Mountain – 19 yrs old.
NAD CD Player, Dennon Amp, Mission Speakers – 19 yrs old
Karrimore Jag 75 rucksack – 21 yrs old.tops 5Member
Fourthed on the hope seat clamp – never had a problem with them
Hope XC rear hub – on it's second bike, guessing must be 6 years old never done anything to it.
Shimano flat clipless pedals (the old red ones – dx??) must be at least 6 years old
FSA Orbit extreme headset similar age to above.
Worst bit – Race Fce ISIS BB made of cheese!Posted 8 years ago
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