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    Do components have an expiration date?

    According to my April 2011 issue of MBA "Mountain Bike Action Magazine" they do.

    Say you bought a bike in April of 2011 then you would need to replace the......

    Seatpost: Al- 2 years
    CF- 1 year
    Adjustable Height- 90 day rebuild

    Derailleur Cables: 6 months

    Rear Derailleur Loop: 6 months

    Saddle: 4 years

    Pivot Bearings- 1 year

    Front Derailleur: 2 years

    Chain: 4 months

    Rear Shock: 1 year

    Cranks: 2 years

    Pedals: 2 years

    Frame: Al- 4 years
    Ti- 5 years
    Steel- 7 years
    CF- 3 years

    Stem: 1 year

    Brakes: As soon as pads wear past mf's limit (durrr)

    Bars: Al- 1.5 years
    CF- 1 year

    Grips: As needed

    Headset: 1 year

    Brake Cables: 6 months

    Fork: 2 years

    Wheels: 2 years

    Tires: 6 months

    Of course it goes on to say this is an estimate based on you riding 10 hours per week year round and where and how hard you ride but you get the picture. What are your thoughts? What are some of your longest lasting components and how did you maintain them? Since pictures are worth a thousand words can those of you who have exceptionally long lasting components please share them?

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    if you take a whiff of your rear derailleur, or other abused components and it smells like rotting fish than you need some new components, if you have any questions on expired products call the FDA and they should tell you if your bike is safe or not.

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    10 hours actual ride time a week year round is really much more than 90% of riders put in. That's close to 100 trail miles a week, 5000 miles a year. I used to ride near that much, except less during winter months.

    Even doing major miles per year, many items in that list seem to be very short lived... unless crash damaged or not maintained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by claydough001
    Say you bought a bike in April of 2011 then you would need to replace the......

    I didn't buy the ragazine so I guess my components may go longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by claydough001
    According to my April 2011 issue of MBA "Mountain Bike Action Magazine" they do.

    Say you bought a bike in April of 2011 then you would need to replace the......
    Yea.... I don't entirely plan on time-traveling to the future to buy bike parts just yet. Besides, the flux capacitor's been going wonky lately. I think it's been the weather.
    Sometimes, I question the value of my content.

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    Good Lord! Is that really what they recommend?
    Fix it when it needs fixin. Or when you have the cash to upgrade for fun.
    I have to admit though. When it comes to aluminum bars, I like to replace them in about three years.
    I've got a seatpost that's going on 5 years and two bikes... in rough desert terrain. Plus I'm 200lbs.
    Carbon has no fatigue life, so as long as it's not damaged, it in theory has a much longer life than aluminum. That's what they've been learning with composite aircraft.
    That schedule doesn't seem to take into account the type of terrain being ridden either.

    I just thought of something. High Torque must be trying to sabotage the biking industry, so people will get back into their cars.
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    Bearings and such should be inspected and lubed once a year. Most chains are stretched enough that they need replaced 2x a year, but most people just don't notice. shocks and forks should follow manufacturers service schedules. Which is usually oil and seals a few times a year and a major rebuild yearly.
    Static components have a fatigue life, that can depend a lot upon your riding environment and storage conditions.


    Some of the recommendations are odd, so look at the date of the magazine...

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    Yeah, I kinda figured that article and the downhill bike for "closed course" labeling was an April Fools thing.

    10hrs/wk actual trail ride time...remember folks...people tend to say what they think "sounds" right, and exaggerate a bit...(I'm sure there are some that ride that much though.)

    The person to ask about how long parts last would be Craig Bierly...you know, the guy mountain biking all over the US.

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    Bearings/pivot points should be checked periodically throughout the year. When I had my FS Kona, I checked the pivot points 3-4 times a year. Cleaning/lubing the pivot points would be done when the frame started creaking a lot. Once the pivot points were clean and free of dirt, I'd check the bearings for play/smoothness. This was done once a year, no more than 2 times a year.

    Since I'm no longer riding the bike and selling the frame, I thought I would replace the pivot bearings/hardware. So I disassembled the entire bike - pull the shock, rear triangle, etc - and checked them. Still smooth. So I just re-greased them up and reassembled the frame.

    Cables get replaced every year. Since I race XC for the M.A.S.S. series, I can't have any type of mechanical issues.

    Everything else I say meh.

    Seatpost: Al- 2 years
    CF- 1 year

    Adjustable Height- 90 day rebuild

    Derailleur Cables: 6 months - Depends on riding conditions

    Rear Derailleur Loop: 6 months Depends on riding conditions

    Saddle: 4 years I can see this being legit

    Pivot Bearings- 1 year If you check/clean periodically, no issues

    Front Derailleur: 2 years If it ain't broke, don't fix it

    Chain: 4 months Chain wear varies from rider/location/riding
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    Rear Shock: 1 year No need to replace, just have it serviced

    Cranks: 2 years Again wear varies from rider/location/riding

    Pedals: 2 years This is possible, pedals take a lot of abuse

    Frame: Al- 4 years Maybe, depending on riding style/conditions
    Ti- 5 years
    Steel- 7 years
    CF- 3 years I personally don't think that CF has a place in MTB, JMHO

    Stem: 1 year meh, unless your crash prone/heavy jumper

    Brakes: As soon as pads wear past mf's limit (durrr) Yeah, durrr

    Bars: Al- 1.5 years Same as stem

    CF- 1 year I'd go a little longer, going on 3 years on a set of Easton Monkeylites, but I don't jump/stunt/etc.

    Grips: As needed Another durrrr

    Headset: 1 year Keep it properly adjusted/serviced and it will last longer

    Brake Cables: 6 months Again depending on riding conditions

    Fork: 2 yearsKeep it serviced religiously and it will last longer

    Wheels: 2 years meh

    Tires: 6 months Depends on how many miles you ride, not time

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    Hmmm. I have three bikes right now. If I went by these recommendations I would be left with one frame and a few components. Everything else would get thrown out.
    Throwing out MBA sounds like a better idea.

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    Sounds like the 'Bike Manufacture and Repairmen Consortium' wrote the article and submitted it.

    I have an 84' Fisher that I have put thousands (?) of miles on. As far as I can remember, the only parts that have been replaced due to ware are the derauliers and tires. I have replaced the rims due to damage (used old hubs). Point being - every thing else is still stock - brake and derailleur cables, hubs, seat post, etc.

    If you maintain the bearings – bottom bracket, hubs, etc. - on a regular basis they will last a life time. I have to admit the hubs are little gritty when you spin them but they still work fine.

    Sounds like junk to me….

    Have you seen the expiration date on table salt now.
    2yrs.
    It’s been in the salt mine for 10 million years but it will go bad in the jar?

    What is this world coming too?

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    They need to convince the readers to replace more stuff.....makes the advertising worth it for the companies that have ads in the magazine.

    lol at that list. I ride it till it truly needs replacement.

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    yeah i almost $hit when i read that article. I'm way too poor to mountain bike.

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    MBA is possibly the $hittiest magazine on earth. I'd rather read Cosmo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Blonde
    MBA is possibly the $hittiest magazine on earth. I'd rather read Cosmo.
    Why do you say that?

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    WTF?!?!?!?!?!? Don't these guys do periodic maintenance and lubriaction to moving parts? All of my stuff has lasted much longer than their suggestions, and I'm pretty tough on my gear.

    I am a little worried about the jar of Mayonaise in the back of the fridge........ can't seem to find MBA's recommended replacement timeline for it.......
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    I wanna see some pictures!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by claydough001
    Why do you say that?
    Have you seen the chicks in Cosmo
    :wq

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc
    Have you seen the chicks in Cosmo
    yeah they are stunning. i like the articles betther. "10 ways to make your man cream his pants"

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    Cosmo ain't got nothin' to do with my selection.

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    Now you know why the rag is lovingly referred to as 'Mountain Bike Fiction'. When you can't figure out what to write, just make something up.

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    Cosmo

    I didn't read the *story* but perhaps someone who did can confirm or correct.

    Perhaps it was written more from a law of averages point of view rather than "it's worn out so scrap it."

    We all replace components of some form over the life of a bike (like more durrr).

    You buy a 2011 bike and due to breakage, general upgraditus, a breakthrough in shifters comes out in 2013, that Float R shock just doesn't have enough tuning capability for your improving technique at the end of the summer, you want to shave a couple pounds in wheels and tires sometime in 2012, a 33" bar is all the rage next Spring, 10mm more front travel in would be oh so nice for that Moab trip in 2014, and so on.

    Playing the law of averages, with millions of bikers riding offroad and even more bikes out there, stuff get changed. Some more durrrrrrrrrrr.

    Of course, tires, chains, cassettes, grips, chain rings, and other short term wear parts might need to be changed a few times a year depending on mileage, not the calendar. Durrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrr
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    Obviously, mountain bike magazines make money from advertising mountain bike component manufacturers. Mountain bike magazines want to keep their advertisers happy. Apparently, normal wear-and-tear and upgradeditis don't generate enough sales by themeselves so help out your best customers by cranking out an article now and then suggesting you're riding a potentially-lethal carton of milk down the mountain if you don't get those about-to-expire parts replaced pdq.

    Oh, and conveniently, an ad for the part you're told needs immediate replacing is within a few pages of the article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by claydough001
    I wanna see some pictures!!!!


    1996 Kona Explosif frame
    Chris King headset - about 12 years so far
    Time ATAC Carbon Ti pedals - 11 years
    8 speed XT crankset - 12 years, outer chainring's original, middle & inner replaced a few times
    Manitou X-Vert Super fork - 11 years, good as new
    XTR rear derrailleur - 13 years
    Wheelset's about 8 years, probably have a couple more before the back rim wears out

    Buy good stuff, take good care of it and it'll last a heck of a long time. The odo on my bike computer's rolled over a couple times so it's not like my bike's been sitting in storage, it's out there getting ridden every week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by claydough001
    According to my April 2011 issue of MBA "Mountain Bike Action Magazine" they do.

    Not new, they've run the same story in the past. Bunk then as it is now.
    Say you bought a bike in April of 2011 then you would need to replace the......

    Seatpost: Al- 2 years
    CF- 1 year
    Adjustable Height- 90 day rebuild

    If I was running the absolute lightest, then maybe I'd worry about fatigue. All of the seatposts I've got are all older than that.


    Derailleur Cables: 6 months

    Replace when shifting starts to suffer.

    Rear Derailleur Loop: 6 months

    See above, or when fraying.

    Saddle: 4 years

    When torn, or for whatever reason no longer comfortable. I might replace some sooner than four years.

    Pivot Bearings- 1 year

    Inspect before replace, and it'll depend on who made the bike. Something like a Turner, probably will get a bit more than that.

    Front Derailleur: 2 years

    Nope. When it starts to act up.

    Chain: 4 months

    When it starts to show wear, buy a chain checker or measure the thing.

    Rear Shock: 1 year

    REALLY?!?! Replace a $300+ part once a year? Inspect, rebuild as necessary, replace when I want.

    Cranks: 2 years

    Same stuff. Inspect. Replace rings first, only replace when it is toast.

    Pedals: 2 years

    Because XTR and Eggbeaters are the same. Replace as necessary, not before. Think I'll replace cleats a few times before the pedals.


    Frame: Al- 4 years
    Ti- 5 years
    Steel- 7 years
    CF- 3 years

    They've just discovered that steel frames can get tired? If the frame is in good shape, why would I replace a Ti/Steel or even CF frame? Aluminum - if it is a lightweight racing frame, there may be some merit to it, maybe.

    Stem: 1 year

    Because these always fail without any indication at 12 months and 1 day.

    Brakes: As soon as pads wear past mf's limit (durrr)

    Bars: Al- 1.5 years
    CF- 1 year

    Inspect, inspect, inspect. If I'm running a 80g bar, yeah, it has a lifespan. If the bar is 300g+, it should last a little longer.
    Grips: As needed

    Headset: 1 year

    This should be news to HS that have warranties that are much longer than that.

    Brake Cables: 6 months

    As needed.

    Fork: 2 years

    Rebuild it first. A newer fork probably will work better, but what about the A-C measurement you can't find anymore. Or that the new fork now weighs a pound more. Not always a good idea.

    Wheels: 2 years

    Where there any ads by wheelbuilders/Easton/DT Swiss prominent in the magazine this month?

    Tires: 6 months

    Again as needed.

    Of course it goes on to say this is an estimate based on you riding 10 hours per week year round and where and how hard you ride but you get the picture. What are your thoughts? What are some of your longest lasting components and how did you maintain them? Since pictures are worth a thousand words can those of you who have exceptionally long lasting components please share them?
    Some parts are wear items - tires, tubes, cables, brake pads and chains. They are expected to be replaced as needed. But their schedule looks to be assuming that I beat upon my bike every ride, and don't maintain it. If we all had to use that schedule - we would have drained our trust funds by now.

    MBA is in the business of advertising. The stories are just longer, and nicer ads. The advertising sales probably account for nearly as much as subscriptions and newstand sales.

    They rant about online sites like this - hmm wonder why? Because there is a diversity of opinion where the reader has to think? Because I won't recommended the latest tested bikes or part to solve your dilemma when fixing the old one will do for a lot less $$?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JmZ

    They rant about online sites like this - hmm wonder why? Because there is a diversity of opinion where the reader has to think? Because I won't recommended the latest tested bikes or part to solve your dilemma when fixing the old one will do for a lot less $$?

    JmZ
    Yeah, in the March 2011 issue, in the article about choosing the right bike, there were 10 tips. Two of them were:

    "Read our tests" and "Don't read blogs"

    In order words:

    "Buy from our biggest advertisers" and "Don't listen to objective opinions"

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    Quote Originally Posted by claydough001
    According to my April 2011 issue of MBA "Mountain Bike Action Magazine" they do.
    It's Mountain Bike Action...

    Assuming proper maintenance and discounting crash damage, I expect any component to last at least 5+ years. Consumable parts (bearings, seals, chains, jockey wheels) replaced as and when.

    For steel or Ti parts I expect the lifespan to be longer than me, my road bike is steel and from some time in the 1970s. It's ten-ish years older than me and still going strong. Everything but the rims, brake pads and consumable are original and it's probably covered 100'000 miles plus in it's life.

    Having said that, in two years of riding a fork would be stripped down 3-4 times and have the wiper seals replaced with the oil changed a bit more often than that.

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    Some of that is just funny...

    I came from BMX and granted they were bricks and short, but the only part left standing after years of seriously ridiculous bike molesting abuse was your stem. One year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmmorath
    I came from BMX and granted they were bricks and short, but the only part left standing after years of seriously ridiculous bike molesting abuse was your stem. One year?
    No kidding. I worked as a bike mechanic for 5 years and I've only seen 2 broken stems in all that time. One was an ancient steel stem on a bike that the owner must've left in a pile of slush & salt and the other was on a roof rack mounted bike where the owner had a brainfart and drove under a low bridge at highway speeds. Actually there was a 3rd guy who used an air ratchet to tighten the bolts on his stem and stripped all the threads in the process.

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    BS, no doubt.

    Let's see, I ride a 2003 Stumpjumper FSR and I have a few original parts on it.

    Of course, the frame - it's about 8yrs old now.
    Front and rear derailleurs
    shifters
    fork and rear shock - but both have been serviced to keep them functioning like new

    Of the parts I've replaced, the brakes are the oldest. I put Magura Julie disc brakes on it about halfway through 03. The pads aren't worn out, but I think I'll replace the pads and bleed the brakes this year just because.

    Everything else has only been replaced either because it was a wear item (chain, cassette, tires, cables, saddle) or because I felt like upgrading it (pedals, cranks, wheels, stem/hbar/grips, seatpost).

    I have replaced the pivot bearings a couple times on the frame, and it seems like they're about due for another replacement. however, since I don't trust my lbs with that job, I'll be buying the tools to press bearings myself and while I'm at it, I'll service my bb and hubs.

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    Open letter to MBA:

    Dear MBA,

    After careful deliberation of the facts, personal experience, mechanics and physics of bicycle component maintenance and failure, we at mtbr.com have come to the consensus (without getting snarky with one another for a whole day!) that you are full of it (emoticon).

    Sincerely,
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmmorath
    Open letter to MBA:

    Dear MBA,

    After careful deliberation of the facts, personal experience, mechanics and physics of bicycle component maintenance and failure, we at mtbr.com have come to the consensus (without getting snarky with one another for a whole day!) that you are full of it (emoticon).

    Sincerely,
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    Im in. Where do i sign? I wanted to start this thread in hope of everybody joining in to say that that is a crock. If it were true i would have to give up the sport. After all.....that is why i gave up golf. My country club dues were too much!

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    I really want some people that have old bikes and components to start posting pictures of their stuff. I want this thread to last and i think that pictures make that happen.

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    I guess in the age of the troll, the art of the practical joke is lost.

    APRIL issue. Lol

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    So what is the expiration date on a good 'ol Thomson SP or Stem? Those dates are killing me.
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    I haven't read the whole article yet, but a quick glance definitely gave me a chuckle.... they are obviously pandering to their advertisers by trying to convince readers to spend money when they don't have to.

    I have a 2006 Specialized HR that came with not-top-shelf components.... while I do suffer from upgraditis at times, the wheelset, headset, and bb/cranks are all stock.... hub bearings (loose ball) were replaced.... otherwise, I just clean and grease once or twice a year.... derailleurs, shifters, and levers last forever as long as you don't smash them... handlebars and seatposts will only need to be replaced if they are severely fatigued.... and that generally doesn't happen from casual trail riding...

    The only wear items most riders need to worry about are tires, cables, and chains... and even those do not "expire". Everything else just needs to be maintained properly and inspected. Putting expiration dates is just an idiot-proof way to remind people to spend money when you don't do proper maintenance and inspections. MBA thinks their readers have no common sense.
    You better just go ahead and drop that seatpost down to the reflector... the trail gets pretty rough down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikewagon
    So what is the expiration date on a good 'ol Thomson SP or Stem? Those dates are killing me.
    For the post, about 30 seconds after you see someone with a ti one...

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    I bought that issue, thinking that it might actually have some kind of useful, objective information. I must be optimistic.

    The last sentence in that "article" says it all: If you are a true mountain biking fanatic, chances are you will have moved on to new and improved equipment before coming close to our expiration dates. Nothing like implying that riders are poseurs if they don't buy new components every year or two.

    I also like how MBA tends to gloss over or omit information. In the same issue, the RM Altitude test omits "Descending" as a heading in their testing. I can only assume that the RM therefore is a ****ty at going downhill.

    I'm giving up on that rag, and like others have mentioned, buying Cosmo.

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    So according to this article, I should only need to spend about $2k per year on parts, and a new frame every couple years? Hum, I wonder who thrives on a budget made from advertising?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coiler-d
    So according to this article, I should only need to spend about $2k per year on parts, and a new frame every couple years? Hum, I wonder who thrives on a budget made from advertising?
    Yeah but, this is what you spend anyway, a two biker family and all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Blonde
    MBA is possibly the $hittiest magazine on earth. I'd rather read Cosmo.
    Quote Originally Posted by claydough001
    Why do you say that?
    Because the rides in Cosmo are better, duh!
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    "MOMMY, I WANT TO RIDE LIKE THAT FAT KID!" true story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coiler-d
    So according to this article, I should only need to spend about $2k per year on parts, and a new frame every couple years? Hum, I wonder who thrives on a budget made from advertising?
    Good point. Some of us can't afford such luxury.
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    Wow, you guys are too sensitive, keep in mind it's the "April" issue... April Fools !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-OS
    Wow, you guys are too sensitive, keep in mind it's the "April" issue... April Fools !!!
    Yeah but the thing is, that's such a crappy magazine that I wouldn't know if they are joking or not.

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    Well it wasn't such a crappy mag with RC at the helm. Just seems to have gone downhill in the last few years. If it was me I would have promoted Zap to be editor instead of Jimmie Mac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by claydough001
    According to my April 2011 issue of MBA "Mountain Bike Action Magazine" they do.

    Say you bought a bike in April of 2011 then you would need to replace the......

    Seatpost: Al- 2 years
    CF- 1 year
    Adjustable Height- 90 day rebuild

    Derailleur Cables: 6 months

    Rear Derailleur Loop: 6 months

    Saddle: 4 years

    Pivot Bearings- 1 year

    Front Derailleur: 2 years

    Chain: 4 months

    Rear Shock: 1 year

    Cranks: 2 years

    Pedals: 2 years

    Frame: Al- 4 years
    Ti- 5 years
    Steel- 7 years
    CF- 3 years

    Stem: 1 year

    Brakes: As soon as pads wear past mf's limit (durrr)

    Bars: Al- 1.5 years
    CF- 1 year

    Grips: As needed

    Headset: 1 year

    Brake Cables: 6 months

    Fork: 2 years

    Wheels: 2 years

    Tires: 6 months

    Of course it goes on to say this is an estimate based on you riding 10 hours per week year round and where and how hard you ride but you get the picture. What are your thoughts? What are some of your longest lasting components and how did you maintain them? Since pictures are worth a thousand words can those of you who have exceptionally long lasting components please share them?
    Is this for real? Did they really say all that? What do these people do? Dunk their bikes in saltwater after each ride and leave it out in the snow all winter?

    Yet another reason why I don't ever read that awful excuse for a mt bike mag, other then for the train-wreck entertainment value. What utter crap. I am not even going to bother answering any of it. Just forget you ever read it, along with anything else those clueless idiots print.
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    I'm glad you posted that info, I had no idea my bikes were so expired but they're all going straight in the trash before I get salmonella or even botulism from riding them.

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    I couldn't afford to ride if I followed their replacement schedule, or I'd have to go with the lowest end, last year's bargin bin sale items. What fun would that be?

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    you should see this months issue. they are pushing a 10,000 dollar specialized kissing some major Specialized A$$. It is a cool bike tho.

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