Ok, I have been riding SS for 2 years now (SS only for 1.5 years). Here are my gripes. I tend to push myself, so I push my bikes too. We have short steep climbs where you have to give a final mega push and lots of roots. Parts do not last - I have bent 2 spot spiderless, 1 blackspire and numerous king cogs, 2 left 747 pedals and 1 959 pair, chainring bolts. Everything starts to creak 2 rides after regrease, especially stem/bar and crank/bb. So, I have to maintain my SS more than my geary! I have never broken anything on my geary! Still I like to work on my bikes and I love SS.