Replacing those components that wear out quickly, and we're talking brake pads and bottom brackets here, can be a tiresome but necessary part of mountain biking. It can also be expensive.
Fortunately there's plenty of companies out there striving to keep your bike in good running order, without having to smash the piggy bank. Fresh out of the starting blocks is Uberbike, and they've just sent in this bunch of components for us to try out.
First impressions are good (they're brake pads, how can they impress more) and a glance at their website reveals a vast range of components. Prices look good too.
The brake pads are really the most interesting product, as we know some people eat through their pads in no time at all. They cater for all disc models, with these Avid pads starting from £5.49 for a semi metallic compound, rising to £6.99 for a sintered type.
The bottom bracket on my Kinesis hasn't been sounding too healthy recently, so I'm going to slap this on. The cups are CNC-machined from 6061 aluminium and the stainless steel bearings are replaceable. Weight is just 96g, and it costs just £29.99. Other colours are available, and a ceramic version costing £54.99 is available too.