Hello dear travel community! I guess this is a common question around here, as I am almost certain traveling experts are generally looking specifically for what I am seeking after.
Both my parter's and my own trolley / handbaggage / carry-on luggage broke down due to wheel failure. I perused the internet search for this, but came up almost empty. I am looking for a piece of luggage with exchangeable wheels. Specifically, any kind of wheels that can be bought anywhere in the world at the next semi-specialized shop selling some standard kind of wheels, let's say "wheels that would normally be found on inline skates".
Use case: I buy a carry-on luggage, guarantee expires, I go about my business, travelling some places, after 5 years, one of the wheels brakes in some way, I contact the company about replacing the wheels, company says
Unfortunately, we have to inform you that the desired spare parts are no longer available. As we would like to count you among our loyal customers, we will give you a discount voucher of 15% on your next purchase!
Frustration sets in!
Alternative outcome: company says
Hey look, we just use inline skate wheels on our products. Your guarantee has expired, so we won't provide free new wheels, but you can buy them pretty much anywhere and fit 'em on yourself easily. Have a nice day!
I am looking for the alternative outcome. Does anyone know how to get to it?
Apparently the "Osprey Sojourn" features exchangeable wheels, but I didn't find the information whether the wheels can be exchanged by some standard wheels or if they would require me to buy the replacement wheels from Osprey. Here's a link to what they look like:
The bag is pretty elaborate and wheighs 4 kg (which seems to be a normal weight for carry-ons), but i guess lighter should be possible without losing too much product-/manufacturing quality. I am looking for a piece of luggage that could be used for many years (if that wasn't clear, yet).