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PostFri Jul 23, 2021 8:17 pm 
It's getting hard to find 11 speed chains in stock in a lot of places.

I've heard inner tubes have doubled in price since the spring or last fall and are expected to again soon.  Not inflation, supply chain issues involving rubber, combined with high demand.

Sapim spokes are really hard to get.

If you're going to need any consumables in the near future, try to get them ahead of time so you don't have to stop riding.

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PostFri Jul 23, 2021 8:38 pm 
Hmm, maybe I better order some tires.   I really like the Schwalbe marathons that came with the bike so will try to get t
those.

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PostFri Jul 23, 2021 8:45 pm 
Are you using a LBS or Amazon?   There seem to be numerous 11 speed chains available by suborbital delivery

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PostSat Jul 24, 2021 10:40 am 
Randito wrote:
Are you using a LBS or Amazon?   There seem to be numerous 11 speed chains available by suborbital delivery

Click on many of those links and a lot say either "available soon" or "only x left", with x as a small number.   eek.gif   Chains (11s) are maybe a special case because there was an announcement on slow twitch that caused a run recently.

Mostly I'm not sharing my own observations, it's stuff I've been hearing a lot recently from higher mileage riders than me and trim different shops and industry folks online.

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PostSat Jul 24, 2021 11:00 am 
Cyclopath wrote:
Randito wrote:
Are you using a LBS or Amazon?   There seem to be numerous 11 speed chains available by suborbital delivery

Click on many of those links and a lot say either "available soon" or "only x left", with x as a small number.   eek.gif   Chains (11s) are maybe a special case because there was an announcement on slow twitch that caused a run recently.

Mostly I'm not sharing my own observations, it's stuff I've been hearing a lot recently from higher mileage riders than me and trim different shops and industry folks online.

H'mmm

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PostSun Jul 25, 2021 10:43 am 
I had no problem getting a Shimano 11 speed ultegra chain in Spokane at LBS.

I do use Continental Grand Prix 5000 tires and those were on backorder everywhere from March till August in the size I use. Finally, in a nick of time, two of them showed up on the doorstep. So I quickly ordered two more which arrived in a couple days.

Now I'm on the prowl for brake pads.

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PostSun Jul 25, 2021 10:54 am 
A bike friend of mine mentioned last September that he was having difficulties filling orders for his business through QBP wholesale catalog.  But that was almost a year ago and I'm not sure if it's still a problem?

I stocked up on 8spd cassettes and chains about 5 years ago, and feel like I have a lifetime supply.  I'd like another 1/1-8" straight steer tube fork though and am also scared of running out of ability to purchase 26" tires.

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PostSun Jul 25, 2021 11:11 am 
Randito wrote:
H'mmm

I'll need a chain soon.  Share that link?   smile.gif

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PostSun Jul 25, 2021 12:21 pm 
Cyclopath wrote:
Randito wrote:
H'mmm

I'll need a chain soon.  Share that link?   smile.gif

I just typed 11 speed chain into the Amazon search box.  Several examples appeared.   I didn't even filter on "All Prime" the Shimano chain came up as "Amazon's Choice"  there was some off brand chain for $17 as well,  but I wasn't going to suggest that.


SHIMANO 11s HG601 Chain 2016

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017SOKT7O

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PostMon Jul 26, 2021 7:15 pm 
There's been a lot of conversation about this issue on the various bike forums and FB groups. Cassettes and chains seem to be the items most in demand, and many credit 1x drivetrains for the amount of wear occurring to same.

Shimano did have to shut down for awhile in June:
https://road.cc/content/news/more-supply-chain-issues-loom-shimano-factory-shut-down-284091

But they seem to have growth and production in mind:
https://www.bicycleretailer.com/international/2021/07/11/report-shimano-invest-179-million-singapore-factory

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PostMon Aug 30, 2021 1:37 pm 
treeswarper wrote:
I really like the Schwalbe marathons that came with the bike so will try to get t
those.

What! Another Schwalbe Marathon Plus fancier? I've been using them exclusively for the last 15 years. On a bet, I once put 10K miles on a pair without flats.

They ride like Panzer treads but are unflattable. I usually buy 4-6 sets when they go on sale.

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