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Stephen Darcy

Stephen Darcy

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

Stephen's Bio

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

Stephen Darcy

Stephen Darcy wrote an answer about on April 25, 2010

Yes/kinda and Not really lol. The components are the major difference in price, but also the Team frame is scandium tubing with a carbon seatstay. Also I wouldn't consider the sport a racing fs xc bike. It's too heavy and the component spec wouldn't be ideal for anything more than very recreational racing. Hope this helps!

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Stephen Darcy wrote an answer about on December 2, 2009

Ok just to clear things up, saying Intense is not the best at providing parts for old frames is not true. It may take time but they can make you just about anything for your old frame. I got a swingarm for a 2001 Uzzi SL last year for a customer no prob. With that said I do much prefer the M6 over the M3. The M3 feels very short in the coqpit, BB feels tall, and no matter what it just doesn't seem to absorb bumps like the M6. If all you can afford is the M3 thats cool you'll like it, but if you can cough up the cash for the M6, do it! you'll LOVE it!!

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Stephen Darcy wrote an answer about on August 25, 2009

Well the 9 and 20 mil refers to the axle size. Yes for the most part mountain bikes are standardized at 9mm axles. Though many people are now prefering a bigger axle because they are realizing how much better the bike steers with a stiffer (tortionally) front end. This is where the 20mm comes in, and now the new 15mm. Both of these provide a better handling bike by reducing the amount of "slop" while cornering...etc. So basically up in the options box you just have to choose 9mm if you have a standard for or 20mm if you have a big fat axle. Hope this helps! =)

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Stephen Darcy wrote an answer about on July 29, 2009

If your wanting a plastic lever set and worried about strength I would go for the Pedro's lever set. The Pedro's are by far the strongest plastic levers I've ever used and can even mount monstrosities like downhill tires.

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Stephen Darcy wrote an answer about on June 29, 2009

I'd go with the medium. The remedy comes with some extra pads to take up any extra slack. I prefer a helmet with some extra padding rather than the other way around.

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Stephen Darcy wrote an answer about on June 26, 2009

The weights go as follows for the Mezcal 1.9:
TNT - 570g
UST - 680g
Foldable - 430g
Rigid (steel bead) - 570g

TNT is a tire that Geax says you can use with out without a tube, however it does not have the same butyl casing as the UST specific version tire. The TNT is the same weight as their steel bead tire, but if your running tubes go for the foldable version because it is crazy light at 430g

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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

If I could give this thing 10 stars I would. I got one of these last summer for my girlfriends Subaru and it is unreal. The ease of use is ridiculous. When you get back to your car after a long ride and your so tired this thing truly make you appreciate you buying it. I just roll the bikes up on, then a couple of quick clicks and I'm done. This is the best rack in the world, end of story.

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