The shop that I managed carried Palmer decks the first year at our newest location. The owner decided to carry them, God knows why. It would have been easier to sell ice cream to an eskimo. He bought three (yes, 3!) of those Platinum LE decks. 2 never left the store room. The third was placed high out of reach on the wall and never sold. I suggested some sort of raffle at $10/ticket, because I knew they would never sell.
Yes, they're feather light. But seriously, who wants a $2K deck? Let's see should I buy one deck for $2K, or 6 different decks for any/all possible scenarios for the $2K?
The application of carbon fiber in the mountain bike world is probably more appropriate than the auto industry. Carbon bikes are known for being light, incredibly overpriced, harsh riding, and fragile. Not exactly a complimentary group of adjectives there.
The Palmer decks that I have ridden seemed mediocre. The fact that his name was on them made them even less appealing, IMHO.
Powderjet: The scenario you are describing is known (in the bike world) as JRA. As in, "I don't know why the fork/rim/derailleur/etc broke, I was JUST RIDING ALONG, and snap! No, I didn't hit anything!" I know you're just repeating something that someone else said, but a chunk just flying off, and he didn't hit anything? BS.