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    old specialized still good?

    I've got a 2004 Specialized Roubaix comp. It's never been in a crash but once it fell over and bent the rear derailleur.) seems not to be worried, sometimes I think about these things. Usually on a fast downhill. Lately I'm wondering about getting a new road bike because I'm wondering how long the Specialized will be trustworthy. Any opinions?

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    Til it's not. There isn't really any way to say 'when'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Til it's not. There isn't really any way to say 'when'.
    Or to put it another way "How long is a piece of string?"

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    If you're really worried about it, you could bring it to a shop for a tune-up and ask them to really look the bike over.

    If you treat them well, bikes are going to last a really long time... if you have never crashed this bike the frame is probably not a concern.

    Do you do your own maintenance, or go 100% to the shop?

    Specific things that you might want to look into if you have some concerns:
    -If steerer tube is carbon, take a look at it to make sure it hasn't been damaged by stuff like over-tightening stem... ask a shop to do this if you're not confident.
    -Check for corrosion on handlebars if you haven't taken off the bar tape in a long time (personally I've never had this but others on this site mention it and there are some nasty pics of it you can fine with google search).
    -How old are your tires and what shape are they in?

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    The frame is probably fine. Iím more concerned about the fork. The steerer is carbon, as is the fork. Iíll check the handlebars as well.

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    If you know for sure it's never been crashed then the fork is most likely fine. It's definitely a good idea to take a look at it though...you might find some stem/headset induced damage like this:



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    Yes i should definitely check the steering tube. Thanks.

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    it usually takes a LOT of wear for a major component to fail, your derailleur hanger should be replaceable, but they can be bent back a couple of times (in my mtb experience having bent and eventually broken several) before they fail. If you're worried about that, a new hanger from your Spec dealer should only be about $20. My cyclocross bike is a carbon specialized from '07, I'm certain it has seen far more abuse than your road bike will ever see, and it's still holding up great.

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