Cross-posted from RM...
So the Banshee finally arrived!
More or less built, obviously not quite at a rideable state in the pics... needs a rear spring (I have one in there at the moment but it's quite a bit too stiff) and the lines need to be cut down etc. Click the pics to enlarge.
Full spec list:
Frame: Banshee Legend #15, size large
Fork: TPC+ Boxxer
Rear shock: DHX5 (cheers Toodles for lending it to me) until the Cane Creek Double Barrel arrives
Rims: Mavic 823s
Hubs: Hope Pro IIs
Crankset: Shimano Saint M805 (old Saint)
Chainguide: Gamut P40
Chainring: E13 37t
Headset: FSA Orbit R 1.5 zero stack
Stem: Sunline V1
Bars: FSA Gravity Lights cut to 750mm - these things are tanks weight wise but they feel really nice, so not getting rid of them
Brakes: Shimano Saint 4-pots on Hayes V8 rotors
Saddle: SDG I-Fly
Seatpost: SDG I-beam Micro
Derailleur: Shimano Saint with super short cage
Cassette: XT 11-32, gonna give this the arse in favour of a customised setup. I like it for its weight and sexiness but the functionality isn't there for me.
Tyres: Minion DHFs 2.5 in SRY front and rear, non-UST, running Stans sealant
Also I owe thanks to a number of people for this:
- Jay and Keith at Banshee for putting me on the test program
- Keith at Banshee in particular for spending literally hours of his time discussing tech stuff with me and chasing stuff up
- Ken at XXIV for his hard work, persistence, excellent communication, patience and generally making every effort to do the right thing by me. It's worth noting that he did all this without making a CENT out of it because these frames were sold to us at "production cost" - 10 out of 10 for customer service.
- Jon @ GripSport for making the shock reducers for me
- Toodles for lending me a shock
- Squid for lending me a spring (if/when it gets here! )
Oh and for those who are interested:
Frame weight, no axle, no shock or hardware, size large with seatpost collar: 8.90lbs (4045g). Supposedly about the same as a medium Sunday.
Complete build weight, with steel spring on the rear: 41.68lbs (18.90kg). Not super lightweight, but there is plenty of opportunity to trim it down well under 40lbs without too much effort (Ti spring, WC leg for the Boxxer, lighter cranks/bars/pedals and even rims if you were that keen, brakes are pretty heavy too but completely worth it for the insane power).
Ride report when I get some real time on it!
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