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Here in the Rocky Mountain region I don't typically ride in wet conditions, and have learned to not ride water crossings that are more than a splash deep. So I only check the pivot bearings once a season. A couple years ago I did ride a couple water crossings and toasted the lower pivot bearings almost immediately, although the latest frames have much better bearings so it may be less of an issue now.
 

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I tend to check them after very muddy races. I've had an original RDO for two seasons and have replaced the bottom four bearings once each season. A really muddy marathon style race (7hrs) last September left most of my pivot bearings completely seized the day after.
 
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