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Old 08-08-12, 04:42 AM
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Lightbulb how many miles should I get on my hybrid before I start to need new parts?

Hi everyone. I just got back into riding and bought a new hybrid.(specialized crossroads2012)
I've got about 780 miles on it. It is in pretty good shape so far. But as far as components ( crank set,cassette,wheels,derailiurs, and shifters) what's gonna fail first? And when? 1000 miles 2000 miles, 10000miles?
Please give me an idea of what to expect.
Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-08-12, 05:39 AM
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That probably depends on where you live, how much you weigh, how you ride, and how you take care of it. If you weight 300 lbs. and jump curbs the wheels won't last too long. If you never lub the chain and run it worn out it will wear out the cassette. Where I used to ride it was flat and I shifted once or twice an hour. Where I ride now is all hills and I shift 50 or more times a mile.

The chain should be the first thing that needs replaced, I had to replace my chain at 1400 miles. I have a 2012 Trek 7.3fx with 2600 miles on it and the only thing I have replaced is the chain. I had to replace the right pedal at about 2100 miles, (nut came off and bearings fell out) but that was replaced under warranty so wouldn't consider that normal. That's all so far, tires still look good and haven't even had to replace the brake pads.
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Originally Posted by troy2606 View Post
Hi everyone. I just got back into riding and bought a new hybrid.(specialized crossroads2012)
I've got about 780 miles on it. It is in pretty good shape so far. But as far as components ( crank set,cassette,wheels,derailiurs, and shifters) what's gonna fail first? And when? 1000 miles 2000 miles, 10000miles?
Please give me an idea of what to expect.
Thanks in advance!
As jtaylor says so much depends on your riding style. Assuming you're not abusing the bike and the bike is suitable for where you are right now, I'd expect the chain to need replacing first - depending on your riding style you might get 1000 miles out of it and you might get 3000 or more. Don't skimp on replacing the chain - they are cheap and a worn chain wears everything else faster which makes replacement more expensive. You'll probably want to replace the cassette after you've gone through two or three chains, chainrings should last longer (although if you've got a very small chainring and use it a lot it may wear quickly).

I wouldn't expect wheels to wear out any time soon unless you're too heavy for them or you abuse them. If you weigh 400+ and do bunny hops on cheap 20-spoke wheels don't expect them to last long. If you weigh 140 and ride on perfectly smooth tarmac all the time they'll probably last longer than you do.

Shifters, derailleurs etc - I'd expect them to last many thousands of miles. I've got a Specialized Tricross that I bought used so I don't know how well its previous owner(s) treated it. I've put a good 3-4000 miles on it - I've swapped out the chain and cassette, put new tyres on it (not necessary but I wanted different ones) and that's it. No sign of any of the major components packing up.
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When I bought my hybrid the stock rear wheel lasted about 200 miles. It was a cheaper wheel and I suspect it wasn't tensioned properly. I replaced it with a better one and never looked back.

My brake pads hit metal at 1300 miles.

The next thing to go was the chain at about 1500 miles. Although I replaced it as soon as my chain tool told me to, my cassette was already too worn on the gear I use most often. So I had to swap cassettes as well.

Now I'm approaching 2500 miles and my rear tire is pretty bald, so that will most likely be my next repair.

Haven't had to touch the deraileurs since I bought it, not even a little tweak of an adjustment. They still work great so I'm not expecting to mess with them any time soon.
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Troy here's your big chance to increase your posts. How about you keep us posted on this thread each time something fails? This'll be fun, and we can compare to your experiences.
BTW, I'd say you will first replace the tubes, then tyres. After watching this hybrid forum lately, I'd say you'll be looking at replacing the bars for drops, and then (again after watching this hybrid forum lately) looking at replacing the bike for a road bike. Seems to be the pattern here lately, so don't worry too much about your componants failing as chances are, you'll have a new bike long before anything major goes wrong.
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Old 08-08-12, 09:24 AM
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Not knocking any of the posts above, but you only need new parts when the old ones break!

Even the ones that require replacement start to show easy to see wear that you can watch for and know when the time is right. Make friends with this website https://www.sheldonbrown.com/
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Originally Posted by Hoshnasi View Post
Not knocking any of the posts above, but you only need new parts when the old ones break! ...
Correct. Exactly what I did. As the bits fail (after many many kms) see it as a chance to upgrade.
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Originally Posted by troy2606 View Post
Hi everyone. I just got back into riding and bought a new hybrid.(specialized crossroads2012)
I've got about 780 miles on it. It is in pretty good shape so far. But as far as components ( crank set,cassette,wheels,derailiurs, and shifters) what's gonna fail first?
Usually rear tire, but the tires on the crossroads sport (just guessing at which cr you got) look pretty burly so you might grind through your front brake pads first.

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And when? 1000 miles 2000 miles, 10000miles?
I've gashed the sidewalls of tires with less than 500 miles on them. You might get 2000 out of your rear tire, though. Brake pads depend greatly on riding conditions. If you ride rain then the grime will grind 'em down quick.

8-speed chains last me 6-7k on average.

Cassettes/freewheels are good for at least 3 chain swaps if you swap your chains on time.
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In terms of tyre life, the Schwalbe Marathon Plus ATB tyre I had on the back of my Rockhopper lasted about 2000 miles before I swapped it out, as it had lost enough of its tread to give me almost no traction in even a little bit of mud.

The Marathon Plus tyres I've got on my Tricross now have lasted somewhere around 3500 miles at a guess and judging from the tread left on them will probably be good for another 5000 at least.
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Strange question. There is no true quantitative measure for this. Too many variables,

As things wear or break you replace them. Seems like your itching to change things that aren't broken.
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Thanks for all the great advice guys. I'm actually quite heavy for a cyclist I'm about 275. I'm really gonna keep an eye on my chain.
Also The route that I normally ride is fairly bumpy. It's all road and there are lots of small rock on the side. I try to avoid them but you know.
occasionally I have to adjust my front brakes because they rub. I can only assume that it is because of my weight and the bumps in the road. Anyone know what else might be the problem. And I have never removed the wheels. So its not that.
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