tuesdaysgreen asked in SportsCycling · 1 decade ago

How do I know which bicycle components are quality components?

I am mechanically inclined, and have recently begun making upgrades to my old bicycle, which I hope eventually to culminate in a new frame and wheelset, etc. Lots of web-pages have bicycle parts for sale, but seldom give enough information about the parts to determine if they are compatible with other parts you might order. Also there seems to be extremely wide price differences among (for example) carbon forks that weigh about the same depending on either website or brand. I live in a rural area with no real bike shops, so online shopping is really my only choice. What I really want to know is how to tell what components are quality components, and which are not. Surely there is some publication, online or otherwise that does more than just review a few out of the hundreds of products available? I haven't managed to find comprehensive reviews of anything I'm looking at anywhere online, and customer reviews are totally useless to me.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The 3 major manufacturers of road bike components are Shimano, Sram and Campagnolo. Each one makes several levels of quality components for bicycles. Check out their websites for information concerning the parts they make. In general, if you buy one brand, it is best to stick with it until you learn more concerning compatibility. Even within the same brand, some levels of quality have some parts that don't work with other levels. When you look at frames and forks, there are many levels of quality as well. Just because a fork is made of carbon fiber, it does not mean that it is the same quality of material as another carbon fiber fork, there are different grades of carbon, as well as different levels of quality control and fabrication. Carbon fiber is not a generic material. There is no single publication that will tell you everything you need to know about bicycles. Sheldon Brown's website has a wealth of articles about bicycles and cycling, but since his death a couple of years ago, some of the material there is getting a little dated. If you want to become truly knowledgeable about the subject, you are going to have to take the time to read through everything you can find, there are no shortcuts

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    howdy Victor, nicely O.ok. you have gotten the rant on vast container motorcycles so i'm unlikely to belabor that one. I do have yet another suggestion for you inspite of the undeniable fact that... verify and notice if there's a bicycle "co-op" on your section or some place that would instruct you the thank you to repair a bicycle. I volunteer at one such co-op and you get what's asserted as "digging rights" when you volunteer for a undeniable style of hours, this permits you to pull areas and construct your guy or woman motorbike from donated areas. maximum co-ops have experienced motorbike mechanics that would practice you the thank you to do something and each thing with a motorbike. it particularly is unquestionably a win-win for you, all it takes is time and you how to construct and connect your guy or woman motorbike. Frankly? I particularly have no longer something against special container motorcycles. yet some words of warning right here... less complicated is in many situations extra effective and you're probable smart to take the element in to a respectable motorbike save and have them verify over the assembly, it particularly is going to likely be money nicely spent in the event that they're going to do it. And sorry to declare no longer too many respected shops will additionally touch a brilliant container motorbike. third determination is a used motorbike. something you intend on laying down your stressful earned money on must be regarded at by way of a incredible save in the previous you purchase it! this would value slightly you something yet returned it particularly is going to likely be money nicely spent and might save you from blowing your dollars on something which will disintegrate on you some blocks down the line. base line? Any motorbike that gets you out the door and down the line is particularly nicely worth it, in simple terms relies upon on how far you wanna pass.

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