A mountain bike is a type of bicycle that has been designed to withstand rugged terrain. They are typically heavier and stronger than other types of bikes, such as road bikes. But how long will mountain bike last. There is no single lifespan for any given mountain bike because this lifespan depends on how it is used and maintained by the user over its lifespan.

However, they can last anywhere from 3-10 years depending on usage before needing replacement parts (frames).

So on Average how long will your Mountain bike last?

Mountain bikes are a great way to explore your surroundings, but they require some upkeep. There are many factors that affect the life expectancy of a bike. 

The main factor is the type of terrain in which you ride your bike; for example, if you do a lot of downhill biking, parts will need to be replaced more often-mostly because they wear down quicker. 

On average, the life expectancy for average use is 5 to 10 years, but again it depends on your usage and how you maintain it.

When Bike Components Start to Wear Out?

In the lifespan of your mountain bike, you will go through certain components wearing out. You will think to yourself: “this is the end”, and buy a new one. But then, another component starts going, and you can get away with it for another while. 

How long does this back-and-forth happen? In order to answer that question, we must understand the lifespan of each individual bike component.

Today we will discuss how long a mountain bike lasts when its frame, wheelset, and drivetrain are concerned.

An Important Note:  All these lifespan claims were made based upon my own personal experience with each specific subject matter, which can differ from other riders’ opinions. I am not an engineer nor do I have any official background in studying the lifespan of bike components.

Generally, most mountain bikes will be equipped with the following three main parts: frame, wheels, and drivetrain.

The lifespan of a mountain bike’s frame is directly related to how the rider rides it. The more aggressive you are on your bike, the more wear and tear you will put on it. 

If you do not receive an injury that would affect your frame (i.e: cracking in the middle of a hard landing), your mountain bike should last at least 5-10 years under normal riding conditions.

If you’re an aggressive rider, your mountain bike lifespan will be shortened. If you’re a mild rider, it will last longer. Generally speaking, in a lifespan of 5-10 years (from the date you got the bike), about 75% of mountain bike frames can still be salvaged after that time period.

However, by that point in time, other components of your bike will wear out, and you might want to upgrade the frame or switch to another bike.

Wheels:

Now let’s talk about mountain bike wheels. How long do they last? Although there are many factors that affect wheel lifespan (tire quality, tire pressure, terrain type), a good set of mountain bike wheels can last for 2-3 years.

Drivetrain:

Let’s talk about the lifespan of a mountain bike drivetrain (chain, cogs, and derailleur). How long can it last? This is much more complicated than the lifespan of a frame or wheels because you have the additional factor of how you ride – do you want to go fast on steep climbs? Do you pump aggressively on the bike? How much do you weigh? But generally speaking, a mountain bike drivetrain can last 3-5 years if taken care of properly.

If you ride the same bike for 2 or more years and don’t touch any of the components (frame, wheels, drivetrain), your lifespan increases dramatically.

Is it possible to increase the lifespan of a mountain bike?

It is, but it is unlikely.

There are many things you can do to keep your mountain bike in good condition and right now, we will take a look at what will increase the lifespan of a mountain bike.

So let’s get started.

What will increase the lifespan of a mountain bike?

1. Keep it clean

Keeping your mountain bike clean is the number one thing that you can do to extend the longevity of your mountain bike. When you wash your bicycle, there are some things which you need to focus on cleaning besides washing it with normal water. 

2. Chain check

It is important to check the chain for rust and wear.  This should be done after every 300 miles of use or so, to increase the life expectancy of your bike. Otherwise, the chain will start to wear out and this has a major effect on the life of the bike.

3. Lubricate your chain

One of the primary things which reduce the life expectancy of a mountain bike is dirt getting into the links when you have not lubricated it properly and this will lead to problems down the road. So you should make sure that the life of the mountain bike is increased by lubricating your chain regularly and changing sprockets after a while so they do not wear out.

4. Lubricate everything else

The same goes for the rest of the parts on your mountain bike too, like nuts and bolts, and everything else. You should make sure to lubricate other parts of a mountain bike by regularly lubricating those parts too.

What will decrease the lifespan of a mountain bike?

1. muddy trails

Muddy trails can really wear out the life duration of your mountain bike very fast so when you are riding in these places, go slower and try to avoid falling down if you can.

2. Riding without lubrication

The lubricating of a mountain bike is really important because it helps the mountain bike last longer and keeps everything running smoothly. When not lubricated properly, the lifespan of the mountain bike will be reduced.

3. Riding over curbs

When you ride over curbs, the lifespan of your mountain bike will be decreased because the chain can wear out faster. So try to avoid riding your mountain bike over curbs if possible, and if not possible then lubricate the chain regularly.

4. Not changing sprockets and cassette

Another thing that will reduce the life duration of a mountain bike is if you do not change sprockets and cassettes regularly.

It is vital to regularly check and clean your mountain bike as well as keeping it lubricated. If you keep an eye on braking systems, suspension, drive parts, chains, etc. The Life expectancy of mountain bikes can be extended for a long time.

When Should You Replace Your Mountain Bike

Mountain bikes are a lot of fun when you purchase them, and when they’re new. But after some time passes, the enjoyment starts to diminish. Eventually, your bike will start to give off signs that it needs replacing.

It may not be an immediate need but when the bike is showing signs of wear or damage, then it’s time for a replacement! Here are five signs your mountain bike is ready for retirement:

Your MTB has been through numerous crashes and falls which have resulted in dents on the frame. This could lead to instability when riding downhill or over bumpy terrain.

Your brakes might feel squishy when applied as they may have worn out from continuous use (or improperly adjusted). These brakes should not be trusted when on a downhill slope as you would not expect your brakes to brake when they are not effectively braking.

If any components, such as the chain or wheelset seem to have worn out, then it’s time for replacement immediately! The smooth feeling when pedaling and minimal resistance, when compared to when it was new, is a sign that certain parts are worn out and need to be replaced.

If when you ride you feel a wobble when pedaling, then that can indicate bent tires or damaged rims (or both). Bent Tyres could also be a sign of bad alignment when riding. In this case, it is recommended that the wheelset and possibly the frame should be replaced.

When your front suspension forks feel very stiff when traveling downhill then that can mean worn-out shocks, or an improperly adjusted front shock (a common oversight when purchasing a new bike). If this is the case, the only thing to do is purchase a replacement MTB. 

You get what you pay for! And when it comes to mountain bikes, when you pay more for a better bike, you get a better bike. When you buy an affordable brand of MTB, after some use and abuse, it’s going to be in need of replacement. 

It is important to note that when your MTB starts showing signs of retirement when riding, it is advisable to replace the broken parts when possible. If you cannot afford to buy new components when needed then when riding, avoid using the damaged (or possibly even dangerous when used) parts until a replacement can be made when affordable.

How to Properly Store Your Mountain Bike to Help it Last?

Mountain bikes are a way of life, but as you might expect mountain bikes need a fair amount of care to maintain their performance. Here are six tips that will help you get the most out of your mountain bike and keep it in good condition:

Clean off dirt after every ride – Dirt gets ground into the moving parts when riding through mud or sand and can make them work less efficiently over time if left unchecked. 

Check tire pressure before each ride – A flat tire at high speeds can lead to serious injuries like broken bones. 

Lube moving parts after each ride – Your mountain bike is a machine, and machines need lubrication to help them run smoothly. Moving mountain bike parts can easily break down without proper maintenance. 

Replace brake pads as needed – Brakes that are not working properly can cause accidents or worse, which is why it’s important to replace worn metal brake pads with new ones. 

Replace worn mountain bike parts as needed – Mountain bikes are designed to last for a long time, but if you ride them too hard or through harsh conditions, they may need to be replaced sooner than later. 

Store your mountain bike in a safe place when not in use – If your mountain bike is left outside in the elements, rust and corrosion can potentially damage the mountain bike to the point that it becomes useless or even dangerous to ride.

Wrapping it Up!

 Mountain bikes are a way of life. They can be an expensive investment, but if you take good care of them and maintain their performance with regular maintenance they will last for years to come! One important aspect is how you store your mountain bike when not in use – the article provides helpful tips on this subject as well as other ways that you can prolong the lifespan of your mountain bike. Give these six practical storage tips a try and see if it makes any difference in how long your MTB lasts before needing replacement parts. If all else fails or if there’s something specific about your bike that requires more attention than what we’ve discussed here, comment down below. We’re happy to help extend the lifetime of your favorite mountain bike.