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    ilmfat
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    intro and spawn cycles banshee content

    hey guys,

    greg here.

    uh, im all 29er SS (AND YOU SHOULD BE TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) (lol). I don't climb. i've always been more about the bikes than the riding.

    last spring i got my 4 yr old a 12" Kmart bike.

    she was already too big for it.

    i found this at a garage sale after trying my 4 yr old (now 5) on a bmx mini. (i somehow hadnt found spawn cycles yet, which is prolly good, cause she'd still be on a banshee, but instead she's rollin on 20s, soon to be a savage.)

    (i dont recommend the mini route. the geo is way off.)

    intro and spawn cycles banshee  content-begin.jpg

    not too bad for $10, but it needs some work: intro and spawn cycles banshee  content-hotrock-done.jpg

    chain too tight, so: intro and spawn cycles banshee  content-img_0780.jpg

    the girls: intro and spawn cycles banshee  content-girls.jpg

    little sis hasnt ridden a bike yet. she's got a lil time on a "stryder", but im hoping this will do the trick.

    intro and spawn cycles banshee  content-ella-1.jpgintro and spawn cycles banshee  content-ella-2.jpg

    ordered on dec. 12th. no shipment notification, and no response to email, but thats cause they are busy packin bikes.

    so if you're wondering where your kid's bike is, keep the faith.

    the wheels are a little out of true, but actually fairly decent, and the bearings are SMOOOOOOOOTH. those wheels will roll for days (which i feel that fact alone makes this bike worth the price!).

    chain tension was a skoash tight out of the box=easy fix. the chainring is rather oval, tho, but its workable.

    no fitment advice, yet, as im waiting til the weather turns to give it to my 3 yr old. i prolly shoulda got her a gremlin, but $10 more got me a bike she'll ride longer. (that and i live in the U.S., so schwinn ruined THAT).

    itll prolly be okay, i DID get my 4 1/2 year old on a 20" specialized, using a few tricks.

    the mini seat/post combo lowers the seating surface by close to an inch. i still need to get a 22.2/25.4 adaptor for it from universalcycles.com.

    the lizard skins mini machine grips are too light, but im hoping a lil bit of dirt will bring the shade down to match the frame a lil better.

    got some schwalbe black jacks on the way, too.

    all in all, i am VERY satisfied, pleased even, with my spawn banshee (those bearings are better than any i have), and am counting pennies for a Savage 1.0 to replace my older daughters hotrock.

    i was thinking "i hope they do a 24in a few years from now", but then figured, "nah, there's plenty of good 24in on the market".

    after running thru the Banshee build, i want em to make em all.

    even a 29" steel SS for me.

    THANK YOU SPAWN CYCLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    come at me bro!!!!

    intro and spawn cycles banshee  content-come-me-bro.jpg
    Last edited by ilmfat; 01-07-2014 at 04:23 PM. Reason: im dumb
    crap! i gotta learn to climb.

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    Both look great, what rigid fork did you use for the specialized?

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    Hostel shoppe.com

    When I got it, they had $50 ones.

    Now it's like $130 or something.

    I did find one for $65 somewhere.

    I can check if anybody needs me to.

    Recumbent sites seem to be the only route.
    crap! i gotta learn to climb.

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    Just as an interesting note.... I found that whenever I sent SpawnCycles a message via their web "Contact" page I got a response within 12 hours. eMail almost never a response.

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    I did the "contact" page twice. No response either time.

    I've learned patience tho.

    I've found I am usually the exception to the "company X is REALLY GOOD about responding" thing. I usually fall through the cracks.

    (Which is weird cause I'm quite tubby) lol
    crap! i gotta learn to climb.

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    Nice work, I really like that HotRock. Where did you get that fork?

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    crap! i gotta learn to climb.

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    so i measured her inseam @ 13.5 inches.

    she CAN ride the bike, but the cranks are definitely too long for her. i moved the seat so high that she feels really unstable on her barely tip toes, but pedaling is still awkward.

    I wish theyd hurry up and restock the 89mm cranks.
    crap! i gotta learn to climb.

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