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    Saw 2 orange ones in Whistler. The bike looks pretty freaking cool. Hope it has 8 inches with a 63.5 - 64.5 HTa options. Thinking 142x12, 150x12 & 157x12 dropout options. Maybe 26 & 27.5 options.

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    Official Darkside Thread

    Looks baller. Local DH/FR trails are on the horizon and this looks like a great fit.
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    I have never wanted a DH frame so badly in my life
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    Official Darkside Thread

    Now that I've had a chance to look through all the photos on Vital on a real screen... Oh man. Sick.
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    That rear end looks sooo short! I need this.

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    Bike looks great. Fitting name for it, Darkside trails are rad, been way too long since I rode over them.

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    Love it.. Great simple lines, ballanced proportions.

    Looks like 22.2 shock, 180mm travel?

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    hell yeah! Would be awesome with a reach of at least 435 mm for us tall guys if that could be in the numbers for this one

    Please

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    Oh that does look quite fun! full length seat tube! Wonder what the weight will be like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM View Post
    Oh that does look quite fun! full length seat tube! Wonder what the weight will be like.
    Yeah, the weight will be interesting. This looks like a bike I'd be very interested in. I don't race DH any longer, and I'm having a hard time justifying owning a full-on DH bike based on the rides I do these days. The Darkside could easily convince me to sell my v10c!

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    A few more shots of it in Orange here: Banshee Tests 650B Downhill & Other Mountain Bikes, Developing 100mm ?Trail? 29er

    Looking great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phat-ant View Post
    A few more shots of it in Orange here: Banshee Tests 650B Downhill & Other Mountain Bikes, Developing 100mm ?Trail? 29er

    Looking great.
    Nice! Can't wait to see the geometry numbers.

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    Zomg

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    To give you an insight into weight, the black one fully built (inlcuding pedals... non of this excluding pedal weight crap) weighs 37.5lbs with DH inner tubes as seen.
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    Official Darkside Thread

    Nice. Maybe a couple pounds more than my Prime.

    I read the BR piece about pedal-ability vs DH intent. I don't care if it doesn't climb as well as a Prime or Rune, but it would be nice to get up 200-300 feet of 8-10% grade without having to push. That'll probably be unavoidable for the bulk of the riding it would see under me. I could probably handle that with a SRAM pie plate and a 32t ring, maybe even a 34t.

    Really hot bike, Keith. The black one is my desktop at the moment.
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    now...in orange! (photos courtesy of bikerumor.com)

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    Keith: You're a tall guy; don't forget to make an XL for us Xtra Lovely Bansheeriders?!

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    Wow, the orange one looks very nice!

    I'm currently riding a large Prime and a large Legend. The Legend is a little short for me (189/94cm) and I have to ride a 60mm stem to feel comfortable and get the same handlebar reach as on the Prime with 30mm stem. So it would be desirable for me if the Darkside will be longer than the Legend. To be able to ride it uphill I would need a 470mm seat tube. I can think of replacing my Legend with the Darkside with 650b wheels.

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    Checked this out yesterday in person. Droolworthy.

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    More information:
    First look: Banshee Darkside.
    First generation proto… all aspects of the design are however liable to change before production.

    It’s a mini DH / Park / Play bike.

    -180mm travel (currently) using a KS linkage
    -Short chainstays (16.5”) and whip friendly geometry
    -Interchangeable dropouts (so 650B compatible if desired), and 3 geometry positions adjusted independently of linkage kinematics.
    -Pedal neutral feel with minimal chain stretch (minimal pedal kickback) and progressive linkage
    -Option of running shorter shock for less travel and lower slacker geometry

    Will be a 2015 frame (maybe 2014.5) priced aggressively to offer great value for money for a frame with all the technology and features.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/every...30037910423154

    16.5" chainstays seem pretty short. As a tall rider I have not so good experiences with super short chainstays going dowhill (feels like riding over the rear wheel). Would like to have longer chainstays around 17.4", at least with 650b dropouts.

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    No replacement for the good old Wildcard, or Wildcard no more ?

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    Yet more info:

    Banshee Darkside Prototype - First Ride - Pinkbike

    If the move away from the interchangeable dropouts, I hope they go with a 150mm rear wheel spacing!

    Damn, I'd buy this bike today if it were available!

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    I have to admit, that this bike is too much for my tastes, but I'd like to point out that interchangeable dropouts were one of the reasons why I bought the Rune.

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