Bike components that you hate

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by J1888, 11 Oct 2017.

  1. J1888

    J1888 Über Member

    They could be something that came with the bike, or something you bought afterwards. But what have you had on your bike that has made you think 'well, this is crap'.

    For me, it's the Yksion Elite tyres that came with my Road Pro Carbon SLR. In terms of 'performance' I can't see how they're any better than the Vittoria Zaffiro ones that came with the old bike.

    The main bug bear is the lack of seemingly any puncture protection. The bike they're on is my good one so I'm not riding it that often but I reckon about 1 puncture every 50 miles at least.

    What bike part has really wound you up?
  2. Brandane

    Brandane Fair weather cyclist.

    Didn't exactly wind me up, but these plastic brake levers weren't really up to the job.......

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  3. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    East Devon
    Why have you not replaced them?
    Lesson identified: this make/model of tyre seems vulnerable to punctures.
    Lesson learnt: Replace with tyres with more puncture resistance.
  4. NickNick

    NickNick Well-Known Member

    The Weinmann deep rims that came with my previous bike, they weigh a ton, water collects in them and is a nightmare to take out and the Assus (presume its a different co to the computer one) freewheel the rear wheel was fitted with died way too soon.
  5. Tangoup51

    Tangoup51 Well-Known Member

    full length cable housing.
  6. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Central Trumpland
    The scrotum crushing gear lever on the Chopper MKI and II.
    robjh, johnnyb47, HLaB and 4 others like this.
  7. OP

    J1888 Über Member

    I plan to
  8. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Veteran

    East Sussex
    The cable colouring is all wrong too
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  9. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Shimano hoods
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  10. Neighbour hoods.
  11. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    Un-adjustable 'Cartridge' BB's, especially square taper ones, why? just why?
    Vantage likes this.
  12. User33236

    User33236 Guest

    The Vision 30 wheelset that came with my Planet-X.

    Nigh on impossible getting tyres off or on even in the warmth of my home. Got rid before I had to attempt it roadside!
  13. Eddy

    Eddy Guru

    Continental inner tubes and their self loosening cores
    dodgy, the_mikey, Fab Foodie and 8 others like this.
  14. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Stock bikes often have poor tyres or simply components you don't want. Hence, my more expensive bikes are built to my spec.

    Another bugbear... 42-44cm handlebars on 54cm bikes with no option to change if buying off the peg. Adds a good £50 to any roadbike purchase for me!
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  15. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    All those extra gears we never had back in the day

    Nothing wrong with 5 or 6
    tyred, Gixxerman, Fab Foodie and 6 others like this.
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