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Recently I purchased the Shadow Conspiracy Disaster Guard with my re-found love for bashing the middle of my bike.
Back in 1990, I had broke my Dyno Pro Compe enough times to warrant a new frame. Back then, serious street riding was coming around, and I met a kid with a Haro Master Bashguard bike at Calabazas Dirt Jumps. I was instantly enamored with it: imagine the possibilities!
Not long after seeing the frame in person, I had my mom on the phone with Trend Bike Source, ordering me one. And soon after, a neon green Bully plastic skid plate was mounted. Within a month, I was doing sprocket stalls, disasters and sliding the hell out of that plastic plate on anything I could.
The Haro Master was replaced with a General Osborn Pro after a year or so. The frame was only made for a short time, and it was extremely heavy. We were getting good with pegs, so the bash guard obsession came and went.
Note on pegless street: FUN. Interesting. I'm completely stumped on how and/or what to do. I know there are a lot of really good pegless street riders, but my bag of tricks is completely limited at this point. I'm having a great time figuring this pegless thing out.
I am 200lbs, and the Disaster Guard seems to be holding up to my abuse so far in the two sessions I've ridden it. I don't know if I should constantly bash on it all day, every time I take this bike out. I know aluminum has its threshold for impact, and I foresee it eventually breaking if I overdo it. However, I do trust the guys at Shadow and I'm sure they put their prototypes through the test. I feel the same way about my Sunday Knox sprocket. If you're going to do sprocket stalls and such, you really want to be as light as possible. I find myself only bunnyhopping as high as I need to to clear the ledge, as to not completely land full force on it. Also, wood obstacles are probably a lot better to "bash" on, although I'm not a fan of destroying property (wood breaks off).
I have not attempted to slide the guard - but I think there will be special circumstances where it will. I have not tried to slide it on super slick, waxed ledges, but I understand aluminum for grinds, and park and super slick ledges are probably the only things this thing will somewhat slide on.
If you're into sprocket stalls and disasters and other variations of those tricks, this is a relatively cheap way of getting into the bash game. Installation was easy and Shadow even provides a how-to video.
I really hope this guard stands the test of time. I try my best not to completely kill it on the sprocket stalls, but they are just too fun to not do them. Any issues with it, I will definitely follow up with a future review.
Yes... I am done with plastic pedals. Gone are the days of buying a new set of bummed-out plastic pedals every two months (or less). I've tried the Premium Slim pedals with replaceable bodies - those broke. I've used plastic pedals knowing I was going to throw them away.
Finally, I took the plunge and purchased real alloy, sealed pedals with replaceable pins: The Fit Mac Sealed.
Yes, they were $75 ($82, shipped), but I feel this was a "one-and-done" deal. The Fit Mac Sealed pedals boast an oversized chromoly spindle for strength with a cold-forged body. I figure these pedals will serve me for a very long time - folks on Facebook have reported they've had their E-Clat's for 3 years and they are still going strong.
The pegless Mind Erasure will be outfitted with VP-565's which are unsealed and do not have replaceable pins, but a Boron steel axle and 14 traction pins. I have these on my single speed urban bike and they are grippy with a nice concave design that rivals the DUO TRL pedal.
As always, I will follow up with future reviews on these pedals as time goes on. I trust my Fit pedals will serve me well, but I am very interested in seeing how the VP-565's hold up.