Wednesday, July 20, 2011

DARKSTAR - 002 - Details

I present the DARKSTAR Carbon 29er.
002 is available in sizes 16", 17.5", 19" and 21". The frame and fork are manufactured for Luxe Wheelworks by Focus Carbon and though this is relatively common carbon 29er mold, the manufacturing process and type of carbon are of a higher grade than what you see commonplace from other vendors.

In true hardcore New England XC fashion, I fitted this DARKSTAR with a 1x10 drivetrain and tapered rigid fork. White - Light - Tight.

The top tube has a nice bow shape to improve stand-over height and increase lateral rigidity in the frame.

The bottom bracket is a standard threaded unit. This is a nice feature, as compared to BB30 the bearings are not exposed to the elements. Also, standard BB's make for easy installation of the e13 chain guide.

I fitted a 2.4 front tire to add a little cush to the fast tracking, tapered, carbon, rigid front end.

A standard 2.1 tire was mounted in the back and both tires front and rear are set-up tubeless with Velocity Blunt SL Rims on Chris King ISO Hubs (handbuilt by me of course).

Nice tight stays with a bridge make for a predictable tracking rear end. You pick your line, the machine follows.

I'm a big fan of rigid forks. Especially tapered, rigid forks. Not only will the DARKSTAR track with precision straight, it won't falter under hard cornering which can be an issue with non-tapered forks (ask me how I know).

Carbon is cool.

This DARKSTAR's total weight came out to 20lbs.

Shaped, over-sized tubes optimize each area of the frame to perform as it should, when it should, where it should.


Replaceable derailleur hanger... Very important as accident do happen.

Sequential 1x10 shifting rules.

I fitted a standard 27.2 seatpost with a 30.9 reducer shim. Just because.

Clean lines. MTB's can be elegant too.


Pearl White Paint with triple clear coating from Circle A Cycles.

The DARKSTAR Carbon 29er is available in Unidirectional, 3k, and 12k finish and your choice of any single colour paint.


The DARKSTAR 002 is available immediately, built to suit ($6K as pictured).

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