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    I am Legend/Out for Blood... new bike

    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)
    Pedals: Straitlines
    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
    Chain: XT/Ultegra
    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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    You Sir are one very lucky man.

    Now rip it!!
    Amplify your Žide

    Spitfire Amp Scythe

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    Looks Sweet! Congratulations. How does the weight of the rear triangle(chainstays) feel?

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    Ahhhhhahaha, mine will be along shortly
    That is a great build my friend.

    Nice to have friends around to help put a frame together and provide parts!

    Can't wait to hear your impressions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedwa
    Looks Sweet! Congratulations. How does the weight of the rear triangle(chainstays) feel?
    Cheers. I haven't pulled the swingarm off the bike so I don't really know, but just from holding the frame in my hand, it seems to be fairly proportionate to the front end - not super heavy, not super light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Socket.
    Fork: TPC+ Boxxer
    That one has me kind of confused.
    "Listen here you beautiful *****, I'm about to **** you up with some truth"

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    [QUOTE=Acme54321]That one has me kind of confused.[/QUOTE

    has he machined fittings to drop a tpc+ cart into his boxxer?!

    I am VERY interested!!!

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    Details on the fork mod are here http://www.ridemonkey.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=209419

    Basically it's a TPC+ cart out of a Manitou Sherman that's been adapted to work in a Boxxer stanchion. So far it seems to work pretty nice, but I think it can be made even better still, esp in compression. The shimmed rebound is a definite step up from the Boxxer's ported rebound as it lets you slow it down a bit without the fork packing up, and the compression adjuster is now more useful than Rockshox's "nothing, nothing, nothing, little bit, tons, too much take it back" stock LSC adjuster.

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