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01/02/2013

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Kim Laroux

Or just use an aluminum frame. I bought an aluminum frame for this exact reason.

As for components, you have to realize that plastic is becoming more and more common in components. The rollers in my Sram X-4 derailleur have plastic on plastic bushings. The bushings of my Suntour suspension fork are plastic. Plastic won't rust, but it will get worn down fast by sand, salt crystals and other hard particles. Plastic also gets harder and shrinks under the cold. After a single winter, the bushings of my derailleur are scratched as if sanded with a grit 40 sandpaper. The chrome plating on my suspension fork was scratched off by the frozen plastic bushings.

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