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The last bike I'll ever buy

Old 06-09-20, 03:30 AM
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Thanks again. After hours of googling and checking all off the components I think I might have settled on a Conway GRV 600 Alu. Anyone has any experience with the brand? I can't find any review online.
Other gravel bikes have better features, but this one ships with a RD-RX400, 10speed rear derailleur, which supports sprockets up to 36 teeth, and light gears are more important to me than, for example, support for rack on the fork. The Scott 520 is supposedly built to last, but the reviews don't seem to agree, and the drivetrain is of quite lower quality. The Bergamont Grandurance look very good, but they all have heavier gears.

The only detail I'm not entirely convinced of is the hydraulic brakes. I have a vague idea that cable brakes will last longer, do you agree? But in any case I suppose I can replace them later on.
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Old 06-09-20, 02:14 PM
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But titanium doesnt rust and has a much longer fatigue life.
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Old 06-09-20, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by fofinet855 View Post
Thanks again. After hours of googling and checking all off the components I think I might have settled on a Conway GRV 600 Alu. Anyone has any experience with the brand? I can't find any review online.
Other gravel bikes have better features, but this one ships with a RD-RX400, 10speed rear derailleur, which supports sprockets up to 36 teeth, and light gears are more important to me than, for example, support for rack on the fork. The Scott 520 is supposedly built to last, but the reviews don't seem to agree, and the drivetrain is of quite lower quality. The Bergamont Grandurance look very good, but they all have heavier gears.

The only detail I'm not entirely convinced of is the hydraulic brakes. I have a vague idea that cable brakes will last longer, do you agree? But in any case I suppose I can replace them later on.
For maximum versatility & durability the frame is much more important than drive-train weight/quality. Nowadays the cheaper drive-train parts are often quite good & not all that much heavier than fancier versions. GRV 600 looks limited as to tire width, stem adjustment & front-rack mounts. Hydraulic brakes have easy brake effort & are reportedly quite durable though they limit choices if changing components.
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Old 06-10-20, 07:53 AM
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"The last bike I'll ever buy" makes a huge assumption that you might be overlooking. How are you going to change as you age? Your abilities, interests and uses are all evolving. Your local infrastructure as well as the entire rest of the universe is evolving too. Why wouldn't what you feel you need and want in a bicycle be changing over time too?

I suspect I've bought my last bike but that's because I'm 77 and I don't have a whole lot of time left. It took me a long time to wrap my mind around the idea of me riding a recumbent trike but that's what I'm doing today and overall I'm happy with having made that decision.
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