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    Good job! New Chain guards for XTR M960 coming soon!

    These look very promising! http://www.blackspire.com/chain-guards

    The C4X with a stinger looks to be a great combo.

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    Perfect! Just what I'm looking for. A lexan XTR bashring is exactly what I want.
    That and a a couple of Stingers and I'm all set.
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    The way you guys ride once you have bashguards...

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    Blackspire is honest (and funny):

    CNC’d Polycarbonate

    Polycarbonate, Lexan, Thermoplastic alloy???, Makrolon , TuffMax…..Its all plastic no matter what you call it!! Its, Heavier than aluminum bashrings and nowhere near as strong. You need this to look cool hanging out in front of the Starbucks!
    http://www.blackspire.com/chain-guards/c4-supergod
    Long Live Long Rides

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    Funny yes, correct?.... not in my experience with the E13 Supercharger...that lexan bashguard is wicked strong. Heavier I suppose but monster strong. Also the way it schooches and slides off of rocks and logs is really nice rather than digging in, binding and grinding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpdsurf
    These look very promising! http://www.blackspire.com/chain-guards

    The C4X with a stinger looks to be a great combo.
    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to have more options but why would Blackspire wait till Shimano announces the new XTR with a different bolt pattern to start making a 960 bash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    Funny yes, correct?.... not in my experience with the E13 Supercharger...that lexan bashguard is wicked strong. Heavier I suppose but monster strong. Also the way it schooches and slides off of rocks and logs is really nice rather than digging in, binding and grinding.

    The XTR version is much lighter/thinner (only full thickness at the very edges) than the standard bash. However, it should work anywhere XTR cranks will take you (beside the cleaners).
    Long Live Long Rides

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew
    Blackspire is honest
    If they are honest, they aren't very thorough about research:
    "The only 146BCD Mid-Ring protection on the market!"

    That makes my Boone guard even more valuable since it doesn't exist!

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    At 1/8" thick, these pieces can hardly be called "guards". Definitely a poser accessory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdub
    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to have more options but why would Blackspire wait till Shimano announces the new XTR with a different bolt pattern to start making a 960 bash?
    They were a little late to the party with the 960 compatible chainrings as well...

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    If I recall there weren't too many bash guards for the last XTR incarnation until shimano shipped the new cranks...just like now.

    There must be some reason for this.
    Faster is better, even when it's not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdub
    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to have more options but why would Blackspire wait till Shimano announces the new XTR with a different bolt pattern to start making a 960 bash?
    I thought the same. But there are 3-4 years worth of owners so I'm sure they'll have a fair number of buyers. Also they are the only company to make the 960 chain rings. Now if you were replacing chain rings and saw they had bash guards wouldn't consider getting it? I bet the crank arms could last a life time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms
    At 1/8" thick, these pieces can hardly be called "guards". Definitely a poser accessory.
    Time for some reading glasses Mr. Magoo, they are 3/8" thick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    Funny yes, correct?.... not in my experience with the E13 Supercharger...that lexan bashguard is wicked strong. Heavier I suppose but monster strong. Also the way it schooches and slides off of rocks and logs is really nice rather than digging in, binding and grinding.

    Agreed. I think a further benefit of the e.13 supercharger is that it'll crack on really hard hit instead of bending your crank spider. A new e13 bash costs $35. That's a good bit cheaper than a new crankarm. Most of the time though they just seem to glide off impacts. With how well those things work, it's hard to understand why someone would use anything else if they really want a bashguard.

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    Lots of them out there

    Quote Originally Posted by Jdub
    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to have more options but why would Blackspire wait till Shimano announces the new XTR with a different bolt pattern to start making a 960 bash?
    There are about 4 years worth of m960 XTR cranks out there. The new ones do not look as cool and they look more like a desperation mid-court shot from shimano.

    Yes the bolt pattern of the M960's are a PITA but they are cool....
    Sit and spin my ass...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smelly
    Agreed. I think a further benefit of the e.13 supercharger is that it'll crack on really hard hit instead of bending your crank spider.....
    I agree it's one of the best $35 dollah upgrades I can think of.

    Dude, you can crack one of these? you're a better man than I! My riding weight full pack and armor is ~240 and I've hit the logs and granite stepovers with no mercy the thing barely shows a ding. And this is using a supercharger that I cut-down to just beyond the 32T and chain. This badboy is more than 2yrs old.

    The material used in this has got to be an order of magnitude tougher than Al. Tougher in the materials properties sense. It can withstand greater impacts, larger and more frequent plastic and elastic deformations with almost no fatigue. I could barely cut the thing b/c the cuttings binded and bonded the pieces back together behind the rotosaw. I'm pretty sure anything that could break one of these would destroy an AL ring in a heartbeat.

    IMO the only reasons to get an Al ring are asthetics and weight.
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    Update

    I emailed Blackspire and here's their response.

    Hi Dave,

    The RingGods for M960's will be available very soon. Our distributors will
    have them available when they publish their 2007 ctatlogues. It will
    probably be late November.

    regards,
    Aaron Hart
    Blackspire Designs
    #5 - 1681 Cliveden Avenue
    Delta, BC
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    (604)522-6644
    Aaron@blackspire.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpdsurf
    I emailed Blackspire and here's their response.
    Sweet. Do you guys know if Larry from MtnHighCyclery sells Blackspire stuff? I have an order I want to close with him once he's got time to breathe from returning from Interbike. I'd ask him directly but figure he probably has a backlog right now and will wait a few weeks before closing my order.
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