just wondering lads, as i sit here playing with the leatt adventure and astar bns. . . sipping my tea and pondering crashing each of them. has anyone replaced the carbon strut on the back of the leatt with a more sacrificial material like a hard plastic that would be similar to the astar and not as likely to break everything around it like the carbon has being blamed for. i think it would be the best of both worlds. i like the usability of the astar ie the way it goes on and the general concept and design but the build quality of the leatt and finish and far better then the astar. the carbon is a bit overly hard and i can see the point about it doing damage to the rider. couldnt be a hard thing to do and surely im not the first to think of it. anyone like myself will know there is nothing special in the type of plastic used in the astars rear strut.