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The service intervals on these bikes calls for periodic timing belt replacement - regardless of miles. That suggests the timing belts degrade with age - even if they aren't being used.

That has me wondering - do the belts also degrade, on the shelf, prior to installation in the bike? When purchasing "new" belts, should we be taking steps to ensure these aren't 5 year old NOS belts that have been sitting in a warehouse (wouldn't those be just as bad as a 5 year old belt in an un-used bike)? Are the belts typically labeled with a manufacture date?

Looking to buy new belts for my 2012 Diavel (part number 73740251A). They're not hard to find on-line... just wondering if I need to worry about their age if buying from a reseller.
 
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