I think he was just happy to get out of the SC tent without them dinging his credit card for $700-800 to replace the rear triangle. The guy was actually super cool about it. He just asked him if he was OK and if he liked the bike.
Originally Posted by AL29er
Originally Posted by FM
I didn't see the Spitfire, but they were pretty low on bikes when we went by the Banshee booth.What kind of bike is it? We did see the Paradox and if I were interested in hardtail 29ers I would've checked this one out along with the Canfield 29er. Sweet looking bikes.
In fact we were looking for anything to match up with the DHR on this run and all the Yeti 303s and Giant Faiths were out as well as the Intense 951's. We had to guard this Sythe with our lives while we were waiting for the Banshee tech to finish what he was doing and check it out to us.
One guy came by and was looking at it while I was standing there holding it and begged us to let him take it (I thought for a minute there he was going to offer us money). We said, go find your own bike (politely, of course ).
I got to ride the Banshee Spitfire, and it was my favourite bike of the ODD. I don't and didn't ride any DH bikes and currently ride a Transition Covert.
The Spitfire is intended for a similar market as the Covert, and the Banshee guys described it as a bike they'd want to ride when not on their DH bikes. It's got a slacker HA, and an adjustable rear shock position, which I didn't actually understand when I demo'd the bike.
Pedalling the bike up hill was very efficient and effortless. Pointed down, it was the fastest bike I rode. I can't put it into words, but the geometry of the bike was the most comfortable for me and really helped me feel very comfortable at speed.
I know they were having front derailleur issues on the Spitfire, and at least one of their demo bikes was out of commission. I rode a 1x9 setup.
The Banshee guys also pointed out that they had remote-adjustable seatposts in mind when designing the Banshee and the top tube's fitted to run a cable for said seatpost. The other cabling runs under the downtube.
Being almost 6 feet, I always rode a large. Now after reading your reviews looks like I better test mediums as well!
If it's ok with you, we're going to copy your whole write-up into the intebike blog. This should give it a lot more visibility and search indexing.
We'll send you the uber-cool Hop On pint glass and Log On shirt.
Sure, that's OK with me. Thanks Francois.
Originally Posted by francois
Great write ups again KRob. I just posted six ride reviews in a new thread here. Sorry I didn't call while there. I was spinning in the heat recovering from some stomach bug and didn't feel like I could try to keep up to your pace.
Thank You for the write-up on the 29'ers ! :-)
That's a bummer that you didn't get a chance to ride the SC Tallboy as I would have loved to read your comparison with the Tallboy and the Sultan.
That PBJ is one fine looking bike. Would love to give one a go.
Great write-ups. Interbike looks like so much fun.
Originally Posted by KRob
1) I had to change the heading for my articles from 'Bike AS####-5 - Review' to 'Bike AS####-5 - Ride Impression', but still some people don't get that riding a semi tuned bike for a short period of time is nothing more than my impressions of a bike
2) I totally agree on the tires, I thanked and complemented the guys at Titus for having my fave tire for places like Bootleg, the Rubber Queens (now called the Trail Kings). Almost all the other bikes have useless tires for rocky, loose and debris strewn trails like Bootleg, a better tire (like the RQ's) might give some bikes a better impression. I was lucky and got no flats this year, but I ride with a light touch.
3) Carbon can work if it is done right, I have ridden a Ibis Mojo for 3+ years and have taken some frame breaking crashes, and only have minor dings and gouges, so the proper layup and engineering can do wonders on the bombproof abilities of carbon fiber. I broke my old Specialized Epic Ultimate frameset (carbon tube and ti lugs) years ago at Moab, it was still ride-able (doubt aluminum would have been in the crash), fortunately they were able to replace the tube.
4) Great write ups!