In theory, it shouldn't make a difference, but it will void the warranty. The pain is there to help protect the fork from rust. The raw-looking parts are almost always clear-coated to protect against rust. I don't recommend it, but I don't think it should prevent you fork from no longer fitting.
Phoenix Pro Scooters, ScooterDad, and ScootAm have teamed up to offer a fundraising raffle to help Jon Reyes pay for his $20,000 ACL repair knee surgery. For $15, you can buy a raffle ticket to win a Jon Reyes signature Phoenix Reventon deck! The winner will be drawn June 22nd and you must be a US resident to win, however you can also make a donation regardless of where you live.
Visit the site for more information and to buy our raffle entry today!
Recently, Phoenix Pro Scooters rider Jon Reyes had a nasty fall when landing a backflip that resulted in a torn ACL. He's going to need knee surgery to heal properly, but he's uninsured and the surgery is about $20,000. To try to help him out, Jon's sponsors, Phoenix and Spokesman Cycles, are donating the full proceeds of 100 of Jon's signature Reventons at $200 plus free shipping from Spokesman.
Jon is a great guy who has inspired a ton of riders. If you're looking for a new deck, please consider the Jon Reyes signature Phoenix Reventon. It's an awesome deck, you're getting it at a discounted price, and the full proceeds go to help Jon's recovery. Check out the video and the press release from Phoenix below.
The best way to improve your current brake, if it's not already a Phoenix Switchblade, is to replace it with a Switchblade.
Scooter riders are always trying to figure out how to dial their scooters. Unfortunately, spring brakes have been a big problem in this area for many years. No matter what you do to them, they almost always rattle to a certain degree. The best thing you can do to solve this problem is to replace the brake with a flex fender style brake. I recommend the Phoenix Switchblade brake as it is extremely high quality, inexpensive, and made of spring steel for long-lasting performance. In addition to cutting down on the rattle, this style of brake will also make it more difficult to lock up your rear wheel so it offers some protection against flat spots.
Unfortunately, most decks are not built for a Phoenix Switchblade, but the process isn't too difficult. If you aren't comfortable using power tools or being precise with alignments, ask a parent or older friend to help you out.
UPDATE: See the newly updated flyer below (the green one).
For those of you in the Pacific Northwest, we have a scooter competition coming this August! The Northwest has been soft on comps over the last year with the loss of Skate Barn, but Trinity Bikes in Redmond, OR is stepping up to throw an event for us. Thanks to the support of title sponsor Phoenix Pro Scooters, in addition to many other generous sponsors, this should be a great comp at a fun park.
The NW Scoot Christmas Classic, sponsored by Phoenix Pro Scooters, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 17th, 2011, has been canceled due to the uncertain future of Skate Barn.
The following is a joint press release from NW Scoot and ScooterDad regarding the 2011 NW Scoot Christmas Classic:
We must regrettably announce that we have been forced to cancel the NW Scoot Christmas Classic originally scheduled for Saturday, December 17th, 2011 at Skate Barn in Renton, WA.
Rumors have been swirling about the possibility of Skate Barn closing due to complications surrounding the lease of the building between the new buyer and the landlord. While we were hearing the rumors as well, we also kept hearing from the current owners of Skate Barn that arrangements had been made to ensure that the Christmas Classic would be good to go with the new owner. We chose not to further spread uncertain rumors by making any announcements since we were being told that our event date was secure.