- What is the oldest component on your main bike?
Some of us buy new bikes off the shelf and upgrade, and some build up bikes over many years, changing bits as they get worn out or we want something different. I’m very much in the latter category, and when fettling my bike over the weekend was surprised to recall that my Sram x9 rear shifter and mech are NINE years old and still working fine. I’ve obviously rejected the tempted to ‘upgrade’ to 10 speed, but I was impressed by the longevity of these components that usually come in for a beating.
What has stood the test of time on your bike?Posted 4 years agoShackletonSubscriber
Seatpost and rear wheel is 11 years old (apart from new bearings, axle, freehub and 3 spokes so maybe a bit triggers broom) – EX5.1d on hope XC.
Frame (Heckler), shock (DHX5), seatclamp and front wheel (EX5.1d on hope XC) are 10 years old.
All getting replaced this year hopefully as the whole bike is starting to shake itself apart……………Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Probably frame (and shock) stx front shifter, got a pretty old flite saddle knocking about somewhere that outdates everything else I own I think, can’t remember which bike the oldest one is currently on tho.
Just remembered got an STX front shifter from a 1997 gary fisher montare on my heckler, been meaning to swap it for the only slightly newer (m740) XT one I have in the cupboard.
Parts bin has got even older gear in it, yes I’m a bit of a hoarder 😳Posted 4 years agoYakSubscriber
A 13yr old yellow selle italia tri-matic saddle.
Bought to make a commuter seem less attractive when locked up outside and wasn’t at all comfy to start with. I no longer commute, and the saddle has probably done time on all my bikes since then, and whilst never suiting most of them, has now turned out to be my comfiest saddle by far.
Rails are looking badly corroded now…. 🙁Posted 4 years agojulianwilsonMember
surprised to recall that my Sram x9 rear shifter and mech are NINE years old and still working fine.
The frame of my main bike (yeti asr-sl) is nine years old (as is the shock), never mind the rest of the bits!Posted 4 years ago
My ‘nice’ road bike is also 10 years old (frame, sti’s, derailleurs, cranks, seatpost are at least that).paulrockliffeMember
I have an x-lite heaset spacer that I bought in 1997 that I still use and my GT Fury has the top-cap from a 1999 GT XCR 2000 on it.
The only old significant component I run is the 2009 Lyriks I have, they’ve still awesome, just put them on the front of a new 456C.Posted 4 years agoI_AcheMember
Some proper old stuff above.
Oldest on my main MTB (FS) is The stem top cap that is from about 2004, wheels 2010(and still true), frame 2011.
HT has to be the wheels. I got the front one from ebay in 2009, it has a 20mm cannondale hub so cant be too old. The stem was new in 2009.
My road bike frame is from 1985 as are the cranks, BB and headset. The wheels, gears and brakes were too but they were terrible so I binned them. I barely use the bike so I guess it doesn’t count.Posted 4 years agoCheezpleezSubscriber
Don’t really have a main bike but I have lots of kit that’s at least ten years old and in regular use. XT M760 cranks and shifters seem to go on forever. I also have a couple of XT mechs of the same vintage that are still going strong.
I’m also about to take my 2003 (I think) Deore discs off my commuter to go on a new build. I bled them once because I thought I should.Posted 4 years ago
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