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Stephen Darcy

Stephen Darcy

New Hampshire, Bromont, Tanner, Angel Fire, Sol Vista , Dry Fork, Alta's Backside!

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Summer - Pro mountain bike racer (downhill, slalom, 4X). Winter - Backcountry freeride snowmobiler + backcountry skier.

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Stephen Darcy

Stephen Darcy wrote a review of on June 25, 2009

3 5

These pedals are definitely very nice high quality units. They have very durable aluminum bodies, great feeling spindle bearings, the spindles are strong, and the body is nice and concave. The only issue I had was that the pins are super small. If you wear 5.10 shoes, they will probably be ok, if not, I'd consider getting something else.

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Stephen Darcy wrote a review of on June 25, 2009

3 5

I can honestly say I have not seen many of these pedals last very long. The plates usually break, ok sure they give you extra plates, but those will break too. Almost everyone I know bought them because they were by far the best looking pedals on the market, but really none of them would buy again because they didn't last. If you really don't ride that hard, hardly every hit things, and love cool colors these would be great for you. Oh yeah and if you do decide to buy make sure to lock-tite the plate fastening screws BEFORE your first ride.

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Stephen Darcy wrote a review of on June 25, 2009

5 5

I've had these cranks on my DH bike for about a year now. They are super light especially for my version having an 83mm bottom bracket width. I like everything about these cranks except one thing. If you are truly super heavy or jump huge stuff you will notice it only takes about one season to bend these slightly. I've already seen some friends bend theirs'. For me I have had zero issues and could not ask for a better crank, so I still gave it 5 stars.

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Stephen Darcy wrote a review of on June 25, 2009

5 5

I tested one of these last year and it was amazing. The bottom bracket was so low and head tube so slack, I couldn't ride it enough. Jumps and drops are so easy, plus you can still shred your local DH trails. I'd have to say it was definitely the best "do everything" bike. Felt like a small DH machine, pedaled like an XC rig, and jumped as good as my DJ bike.

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Stephen Darcy wrote a review of on June 23, 2009

5 5

My X.0 is absolutely ridiculous crisp when it comes to shift feeling. I can't get enough of it. Super light at only 192g, and the carbon cage is the most durable thing on the market. Everyone thinks it's not durable because it's light weight, but I dare them to compare a cheap plastic or flimsy aluminum cage in an impact to an insanely strong carbon one. Crisp precise shifting, super strong and light weight, what else would you want?

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Stephen Darcy wrote a review of on June 23, 2009

5 5

So many people say to me "why did you go with the X.O? the X.9 is just as good". I give them one ride on my bike and they never ask again. My X.0 shifter (combined with my X.0 derailleur) has a level of crisp that I haven't felt in any other component ever on any bike. The feeling makes me want to shift even when I don't have to just because it brings a smile to my face. I just can't believe it really feels like that. After all I've said I don't even think I have to talk about the other features, like light weight, insanely adjustable, and you can mount it to a matchmaker with your Avid brakes!

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Stephen Darcy wrote a review of on June 22, 2009

5 5

I have this on my DH and slalom bike. It is absolutely the best saddle especially for DH. It has a fairly wide rear profile, which is perfectly suited for using the saddle during cornering and also through technical terrain. Low profile looks awesome on my rig and it's way light to boot!

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Stephen Darcy wrote a review of on June 22, 2009

4 5

This derailleur has the stiffest spring known to man. The first time I used it I couldn't believe how crazy fast downshifts were. The looks alone are what got me from the start, love em'. I still don't know if I like it as much as my SRAM X.O. but that's definitely personal preference. For the money you cannot beat this as one of the best DH derailleur's on the market.

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Stephen Darcy wrote a review of on June 22, 2009

5 5

I picked up a set to use for BMX racing and ended up using them for XC too. They were definitely priced right and offer tons of float. The float really helped when tackling tough terrain and switch backs on the XC bike. I talked my friend into a pair of these because he just had knee surgery and the ease of entry and exit is unbeatable.

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