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    Redline stock parts & components

    I posted a thread in the commuter section on my interest in a 925. I put a 2008 model on lay-away Saturday and am waiting to sell some parts on Fleabay to break even on the rest of the balance (found a hellacious good deal at a shop up in BR for $379!)

    Anyhow, I figured I would post here for Redline vets who might be able to comment on the functionality of Redline components. Upon getting the bike, I am looking to upgrade a few parts I have laying around (left-overs from my 1x1) headset, post, stem, and FW. I was considering changing out the cranks also but mostly want to step up to a Salsa 48T chainring I have (which should fit on the stock cranks). The Redline “RPM” cranks look solid for the most part and I am curious if anyone knows anything on these? The crank arms I have left-over from the 1x1 is a old set of Shimano Alivio which have worked flawless up to this point and may not be worth the swap with the RPMs (only I think the RPM is 170mm and the Shimano’s are 175mm, not that makes a huge advantage either way for the kind of riding I will be doing). Same goes for the other Redline componentry, the saddle felt pretty good on the test ride and I might only swap it for another I have laying around. The wheelset is Alex double-butted rims with RL sealed cartridge hubs. I plan to ride those for as long as I can only swapping out the tires.

    So I guess my base question is, overall are Redline parts & components stout enough without burden of needing to upgrade? Any riders of the 925, I’d be curious to get long-term reviews of how their bikes have held up.

    Thanks for any input.

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    First, I'll say that the stock parts aren't anything to gawk at. Their just mediocre components. However, I will say that on my Monocog, the stock components have seen many miles of brutal trails and have held up. Weak points are the headset and BB. But if you're getting an on-road bike (925), even those components should hold up just fine for many many miles. They won't be the lightest or stiffest, but they work (including the rims).

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