2013 Scythe Build & ride report. (Picture heavy)
Its been a long time coming, but it is finally complete. Just installed the last part tonight. Photos are crappy, I will take some more pictures when I am out riding on the weekend.
Thanks for looking! --- for more pics see below...
And for those who were interested in the build cost: $3600 all up - but due to selling of my IH parts - initial out of pocket is around $2500.
Frame - 2013 Banshee scythe. Raw
Rear shock - 2013 RC4 kashima with Titanium spring.
Front shock/fork - Totem Air's
Handlebars - Pro-taper
Stem - Straitline
Headset - FSR 1.5
Grips - Lizard Skins
Saddle - WTB Ti
Seatpost - Banshee
Front brake - Saint M810 (cables need to be shortened)
Rear brake - Saint M810 (cables need to be shortened)
Cranks - 2013 Saint M820
Chainguide - E-13
Chain - KMC X9 chain Silver/Red
Pedals - Red Spank Spike
Front RZing - 36t Dartmoor chain ring ano Red
Rear derailleur - X0 Blackbox
Rear shifter - X0 Blackbox
Cassette - Sram PG990
Front hub - Dt Swiss 240
Rear hub - Dt Swiss 440
Front rim - FSA Gravity DH 300
Rear rim - FSA Gravity DH 300
Nipples - Red Pillar
Tyres - Maxxis Minion
Total weight - ???
First ride down, Overall very happy with the build and the bike as a whole. This bike handles completely different to any other bike I have ridden before. My bike before this was A Sunday WC, IMHO the banshee is a much better ride. I just cant get over how nibble and responsive this thing is , Jumping on this thing feels soo easy! and smashing through the rough stuff was much the same. The back end does like to get out round the corners sometimes, but I putting this down to my ability and these brakes. I have never had the problem of over-braking with a bike, But I seem to with the saints, I really have to get used to the power! the totems felt so right with this bike too, really balanced over-all.
However I did have a couple of griefs:
After about 4 runs I managed to loosen ALL of the linkage bearings, yes all of them! Im thinking a lot of loctite is going to bee needed to keep these bearing up nice and tight.
Cable growth on the banshee is something new too me, even though I have long cables, I still managed to rip off all of the brake hose clips on one side (they were aluminium ones too!). I almost ripped my brake cable off with my crank-arm! I Had to make a ghetto tie-down using blades off grass!! hahaha Once I got down I ended up ripping apart some earphones, using the wire to keep the brake line in a good position!
Here a couple more pictures for those interested, and a couple of riding pics too...
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