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How long can I plan on a group set working

Old 07-20-06, 12:19 PM
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How long can I plan on a group set working

I'm planning on building a new bike over the next year but need some new components on my bike now, how much life will I be cutting out of the components if I buy them now to use on current bike until I finish tire build and find a frame set I like....

I ride about 100 mile per wk...
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I really think how long the drivetrain will last has much to do with how clean and properly lubricated you keep it. Stuff that rotates wears out. I don't think there are any hard and fast rules on this subject.
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Cassettes, chains, brake pads will wear out and need to be replaced periodically. Sealed bottom brackets, too. Shifters, derailleurs, brake calipers, and cranksets can last 50,000 miles or more if you keep them clean and properly adjusted and don't crash on them.
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Shifters, brakes, cranks, hubs and even wheels can last a ridiculously long time. For years, I hated my road bike and wanted a new one. Would the components die? No! It sucked! 10 years of abuse, crashing and little to no maintenance, and they worked great. All I ever did was change brake pads, cables and chains. I could never say, "Oh hey, my bike is trashed, I should get a new one". Then I said to myself, "Hey, you've got a job - just go buy a new bike". So I did. My old bike has thousands of commuting/crashing/racing miles on it, and is still running strong. I've converted one wheel to SS, and I'm cannibalizing another to make a fixie rear with an old FW hub I have, but everything else is intact.

CN: having an extra year on some of your components will not make much of a difference to their overall lifespan.
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