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    Silver components.

    Curious if anyone has their bike outfitted with polished silver controls and components?

    Ever since Mavic came out with the crossmax wheelset bicycles have gone black on everything.

    I'd love to see them!

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    Just my opinion but the silver (or, more specifically, polished silver/chrome) color of the brake reservoir on XT brakes is really ugly and looks cheap.

    Now something like a Chris King hub in silver, now that's sexy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    Just my opinion but the silver (or, more specifically, polished silver/chrome) color of the brake reservoir on XT brakes is really ugly and looks cheap.

    Now something like a Chris King hub in silver, now that's sexy.
    I'll go with that thought process.
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    Silver gives a good contrast to dark frames. I'm a fan.

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    I had a blacked out bike. Bought a silver seat post cause it was all my LBS had in stock and I needed something fast. Looked great and quickly changed everything else over. Unfortunately I moved abroad and had to sell that bike.

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    I went back to silver rims back in 2007....burned out really quick on the "blacked out" look.

    Fortunately Velocity makes most of their rims in silver powdercoat.

    I agree that polished/chromed parts look cheap and trashy.
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    Yep, this bike is mostly silver, although some is polished and some is not. I like it a lot.

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    Not to be a retrogrouch, but I'd love to see the finish from the original XTR m900 group come back out. One of the best looking silver finishes ever produced.

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    I'm curious what you guys have in mind when you talk about the cheap looking silver parts. I agree that if we're talking about plastic bits, like the aforementioned brake parts, then it doesn't look that good. But I picked up some of the limited edition silver Easton Haven bars, mostly because they were cheap and fit the size/rise I was looking for, but I think they look pretty sweet. Been considering getting a silver (probably thompson) seatpost to match.

    Although now that I think about it I haven't seen many bikes that I like the look of silver/white/light colored rims on, so maybe it's just a personal preference thing?
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    My second mountain bike, a Cannondale M700, purchased in 1993 or so, had a lot of silver. Wheels, spokes, quick releases, stem, handlebar, brake levers, seatpost binder, cranks, chainrings, seatpost, etc. The only thing not silver was the frame, saddle, pedals, gripshifters (original adopter, thank you), and my RockShox Mag21.

    That was right around when everyone was bolting on purple anodized everything onto the bikes -- from derailleur pulleys to canti brake cable hangers (peace-sign shaped!). I was too cheap to replace a perfectly good part with a purple version so I stayed stock silver.
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    I have a factory murdered EPIC minus XTR brakes, stem cap, and a few rainbow stripes.
    I like it. I would never give up the XTR performance just to get completely murdered.

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    I built rims for my 26" with red novatec hubs, black Stans 355 rims and silver DT revo spokes. I really like the look of the wheels, especially the silver spokes. Now, what to do with 1300g stans wheelset in 26"? My Air 9 RDO is built and just waiting to be picked up.
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    We use to say if it doesn't go chrome it. However there is a big difference
    between chrome, polished, and silver.

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    I've got one of these guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slounsberry View Post
    I'm curious what you guys have in mind when you talk about the cheap looking silver parts. I agree that if we're talking about plastic bits, like the aforementioned brake parts, then it doesn't look that good. But I picked up some of the limited edition silver Easton Haven bars, mostly because they were cheap and fit the size/rise I was looking for, but I think they look pretty sweet. Been considering getting a silver (probably thompson) seatpost to match.

    Although now that I think about it I haven't seen many bikes that I like the look of silver/white/light colored rims on, so maybe it's just a personal preference thing?
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    There's a difference between polished silver anodized aluminum and painted/bead blasted silver finish. I would point to white industries or cook brothers cranks as good examples of polished parts that look really nice MOUNTAIN CRANKS — White Industries. Current shimano parts in silver have a much less attractive unpolished silver finish. I believe getting that high polish finish is time consuming/expensive with forged parts which is why you don't see it as often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    That was right around when everyone was bolting on purple anodized everything onto the bikes -- from derailleur pulleys to canti brake cable hangers (peace-sign shaped!).
    I still have my purple anodized peace sign shaped hanger. Since I no longer have any canti mtb's, it has been moved over to my cyclocross bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slounsberry View Post
    I'm curious what you guys have in mind when you talk about the cheap looking silver parts. I agree that if we're talking about plastic bits, like the aforementioned brake parts, then it doesn't look that good. But I picked up some of the limited edition silver Easton Haven bars, mostly because they were cheap and fit the size/rise I was looking for, but I think they look pretty sweet. Been considering getting a silver (probably thompson) seatpost to match.

    Although now that I think about it I haven't seen many bikes that I like the look of silver/white/light colored rims on, so maybe it's just a personal preference thing?
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    Well some silver rims look cheap. Although Chris King and Salsa make some great looking silver bits. It's all in the polished finish. I don't recall ever seeing a silver rim with a jewelry type of finish like the above manufactures do to finish their products.

    Edit: Thomson makes great looking silver bits as well.
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    Ended up w/ a silver Thomson post and stem on this one.

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