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DARKSTAR63 davidarthur's article
Jul 2, 2018 at 9:08
Jul 2, 2018
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jun 29, 2018 at 19:05
Jun 29, 2018
Bike Check: Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Instinct - EWS Petzen-Jamnica 2018
@WAKIdesigns: I like the aesthetic of Shimano cranks and I even like it with the paint worn off. I didn't say aesthetics don't matter, just that in the grand scheme it's not that big a deal. I don't know of any parts that don't visually wear with use. My handlebar is chaffed in spots, my fork lowers show battle scars too. Everyone has their own priorities, I choose a lot of my components with a form follows function mindset, I know thats not true for everyone. I choose XT cranks for example - because they are light, strong, stiff, and run flawlessly. On top of that they are very affordable but thats not even why I buy them. Literally the only thing you can nitpick is the finish. And i don't know of an aluminum crank that won't wear like that. You are free to choose whatever components tickle your art design sensibilities and pass on XTR. All I'm saying is that despite enjoying how bikes look I understand that they are tools. They wear. They get beat up, marked up, chipped, dented, scratched. None of that should deeply bother anyone but I know it does. I see people who manicure their bikes after every ride hoping their investment will look as new as it did at the start of the season. I let go of that a long time ago. I like how a bike looks when it's ridden and used. I really do.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jun 29, 2018 at 12:06
Jun 29, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: Is There a Chain Guide on Your Bike?
All my bikes have some sort of guide, at least on top. Nothing worse than chuckin' a chain.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jun 29, 2018 at 11:53
Jun 29, 2018
Bike Check: Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Instinct - EWS Petzen-Jamnica 2018
@WAKIdesigns: Well, that's what I'm saying. It's an unreasonable expectation and only a matter of aesthetic. Maybe it's the language barrier but "worn-out" seems to imply they are useless. They are not. Not a big deal. Yes, if they started out raw aluminum color then the wear marks would be less noticeable.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jun 29, 2018 at 9:15
Jun 29, 2018
Bike Check: Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Instinct - EWS Petzen-Jamnica 2018
@WAKIdesigns: I would have to argue they are not "worn out".... I have Saints on my DH bike that has been worn raw for the better part of a decade... still functioning flawlessly. I can not think of an aluminum crank that won't polish when you add mud and mileage....
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Jun 29, 2018 at 8:49
Jun 29, 2018
Bike Check: Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Instinct - EWS Petzen-Jamnica 2018
I like that the Shimano cranks wear, it's how I size people up. My crank is worn to a high polish and if yours isn't, well you must not ride very much ;) I also, like someone above mentioned, view bike wear as a desirable patina.
DARKSTAR63 danielsapp's article
Jun 28, 2018 at 7:00
Jun 28, 2018
Review: Five Ten Hellcat Pro Shoes
I have this shoe and have owned many 5.10 leading up to it. The last few pair pre- adidas buyout didn't last long at all. Terrible construction.These seem much better, although I only have a half season on them so it's a bit early to call. May not have been a bad thing Adidas taking over...
DARKSTAR63 danielsapp's article
Jun 28, 2018 at 6:33
Jun 28, 2018
Review: Five Ten Hellcat Pro Shoes
I have this shoe and It is a solid performer. It's certainly heavy, to the point I only use it for DH and racing enduro. It does feel solid, and is super stiff without being too harsh. It's probably the best DH shoe Iv'e ridden. With that said I think they missed the mark with the lacing and smooth heel material. I get heel slip to some degree, especially if walking in the shoe. The laces and strap also put pressure too far up close to my ankle and so if the strap or lacing is too tight it bites in and causes discomfort. Perhaps a more padded tongue would help. I think the Impact II clipless (which they have discontinued) was better at feeling secure and comfortable on my foot. If they could remake that shoe with the sturdiness of this one, it would be a 10/10.
DARKSTAR63 paulaston's article
Jun 15, 2018 at 8:48
Jun 15, 2018
Unior One-Piece Cassette Wrench - Review
Looks nice. Never once had an issue with a chain whip, so I'm in no hurry to replace mine.
DARKSTAR63 pinkbikeaudience's article
May 29, 2018 at 15:14
May 29, 2018
Ask Pinkbike: Riding At High Altitude, Geeking Out On Race Results, and Replacing Rotors
Just because you haven't done it doesn't mean it isn't possible. Ive had some rotors last a few years, Iv'e gone through others in less than a season of riding. Often I think people don't ride enough to noticeably wear them out before bending or simply changing set up. But they do wear, using metallic pads under extreme conditions can make fairly short work of them in fact. It's just like on your car, the friction over time removes material from the rotor not just the pad. So while they may last you a long time, they certainly don't last forever.
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