Agree. I'm only a middle weight but have had problems with notching alloy freehubs.twizzle wrote:Alloy freehubs. Just sooooo durable, but I guess "The Market" replaces the wheels before they need to get that cassette off.
I had to run around the bike shops to find someone who had a 254mm spoke on a fairly common Shimano MTB wheel. Or so I thought.twizzle wrote:"Unique" spokes. Because it's always fun to wait weeks to get a replacement for that spoke you broke, isn't it?
Too bad the bearings don't last too long and they can cause a spindle to fail if they seize. Having said that, I've got two working sets and two spares.twizzle wrote:Although, I really do like the Shimano two-piece setup, it is engineering elegance.
Agree. Starting to think it is part of their marketing push. I wasn't real happy with how long 105 chainwheels lasted either. Not many cheaper options though.twizzle wrote:Shimano's chain rings for the last few years. Cheaper to buy a new crankset than buy replacement chain rings - if you could even find them.
I've read from others that the more cogs, the shorter the chain lifespan, but we keep getting more cogs. Can't help but think it's almost a license to print money for the major manufacturers. I held on to 7 speed on the MTB until 8 speed parts were cheaper than 7 speed. I suppose I'll have to upgrade to 9 speed eventually...twizzle wrote:11 speed - because it has to be better than ten speed. Right? Or because it wears out quicker and you spend more on servicing.
But it's carbon, it must be better.twizzle wrote:Carbon rims with alloy braking surfaces - awesome, a heavy rim that wears out just like ones you can buy for 25% of the price, and all you get is a .2kph speed advantage once over 40kph!
Yes I feel sorry for WWs too.twizzle wrote:Everything claiming that a 15 gram saving in weight was worth the doubling in price.
Pretty common practice with commercial electronics. Some equipment has every option already loaded and you have to pay the company for the upgrade code. Probably cheaper to manufacture that way.twizzle wrote:Garmin - making you pay twice the price to get a feature that was implemented in the software and could have been made available to all of the older models.