High life components

by Tinternet_tim   June 18, 2013  

Last weekend I went for a ride with some mates and as the chat was primarily about bikes we got onto the topic of how reliable bike components are these days which got us thinking about high life components that still work flawlessly.

As combined brake levers/gear shifters are continually used on every ride making 100's of gear shifts, this is the component we concentrated on. They must still work without skipping a beat to qualify and must be index shifting (none of this old skool style:-):

My particularly poor effort are: Shimano Ultegra at 4,700miles

My mates Shimano 105's are at 7,500 miles

So, for a bit of fun, who has the 'London taxi' equivalent brake level/gear shifters out there to take the title?

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I've got 9 speed Campag Athena shifters which have just completed their 11th winter, coupled with a Veloce rear mech. Aside from replacing the jockey wheels, I've had no reason to touch anything in terms or repair/maintenance and they've never missed a beat.

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posted by ColT [266 posts]
19th June 2013 - 1:29


Awesome topic. Highly suggest an "and how well did you take care of them?" Section.

My SRAMs new so we'll see.
My dads 22yr old cannondale still rocks all original Suntour downtube componentry and cassettes. Just put new bearings in. Most maint. he's ever done on it.

[custom] '12 Cannondale CAAD10 - Rival

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posted by badkneestom [134 posts]
19th June 2013 - 3:41


12000 miles on an Ultegra 6600 group set ... new cassettes and chains but rest perfect!

posted by veseunr [290 posts]
19th June 2013 - 11:33

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My dads got about 14,000 miles out of some Tiagra brifters and they're still fine. I can categorically also say he won't have done any maintenance of any type on them!

posted by MattT53 [144 posts]
19th June 2013 - 13:18