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Old 05-27-06, 12:35 PM   #1
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Expensive Bike Parts

What makes it worth paying £300 for a single geared hub when you could buy a whole bike for that much? Would the hub on a £300 bike really be significantly inferior?
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Old 05-27-06, 12:55 PM   #2
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Good hubs are better than crappy hubs, yes. Engagement points, seals/unsealed, bearing systems, pawls vs other systems. Better engineered..

and for the most part the differences are noticable when riding. I ride a hadley 300$ rear hub and it made a massive difference over my old shimano XT rear.
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Old 05-27-06, 01:31 PM   #3
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How long will it buy until you buy another?
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Depends. I am really rough on rear hubs. Only example I can give you is simply an xt hub lasted me about 1 year before a rebuild on this frame, the hadley has gone 2 years and is in much better shape. On other bikes I have destroyed my shimano hubs (deore to xt) always in less that a year

Keep in mind, my personal experience is likely different than your. I also go througha fork a year and usually even 1 frame.
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Cheap think rears its ugly head again. HEY, good equipment is always a pleasure. Cheap stuff is only a pleasure until it fails, which may be quite soon. A friend who is an ardent practitioner of cheap think is ticked off that the bottom bracket on his $129.00 wal-mart bike failed in 6 months. I've never heard of a bottom bracket failing on a decent bike. Of course, this is beyond his comprehension. The cheap never change, and having crappy/broken stuff is their punishment.
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I just think £300 is a lot to pay for a couple of cogs...
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A friend who is an ardent practitioner of cheap think is ticked off that the bottom bracket on his $129.00 wal-mart bike failed in 6 months.
Do I dare say he's getting a lot better value out of that wal-mart bike? A BB replacement is probably going to cost < $30.

Wtf hub costs $300? Even massively overbuilt tank Level fixed hubs are like $300 a pair.
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What's a back bracket?
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bottom, not back. It what your crank arms attach to in the centre of the frame.
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I've never heard of a bottom bracket failing on a decent bike.
Reliable Bottom Bracket

You get what you pay for, however after a certain point you get what is called a dimishing return of investment.
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Do I dare say he's getting a lot better value out of that wal-mart bike? A BB replacement is probably going to cost < $30.
If he can get it to work and does his own repairs. Also have to factor in the downtime. I know I would rather spend time riding than repairing. I have been on both sides of that fence and have come to the opinion that quality is cheaper in the long run.

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Never having to overhaul my hubs might be worth whatever Phil Wood charges. Unfortunately I chain my bike up in NYC, Phils would be too much temptation .
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when thinking in bike parts, it never usually helps to skimp on quality, if it costs more it's usually for a reason and so forth
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A writer in one of the bike magazines said he used a simple test for "exotic" parts; "Is it better than LX?" He thought that LX (Shimano mountain group) was a fine example of decent quality components, relatively cheap, durable, functional, and so forth. Many of the super-zooty bits he'd tested had been vastly more expensive, but no more reliable, functional, etc.

Most of our police bikes have standard LX or XT components, and they seem to last forever. My own bike is nearly ten years old, and all I've replaced is wear items like brake pads and tires.
Of course, if you're a flinty-eyed woods thrasher who enjoys 10-foot drop-offs and bouncing from tree to tree....You might get a little less service.
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