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Added a comment about feature First Look: Updated 2015 Banshee Legend MKIII DH Bike 11/21/2014 2:05 PM
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I think the Darkside is enough for most riders, that just want to get down and have fun, and I guess that's most of the customers of pretty much every bicycle brand.
Don't forget Banshee is a very small brand, they updated their whole lineup in just a few years. Maybe 650b wouldn't easily fit with the current design and they didn't have the time and manpower to do that but didn't want to miss out on all possible updates.
My guess is, that there will be a completely new Legend MK IV for 2016.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Updated 2015 Banshee Legend MKIII DH Bike 11/21/2014 9:16 AM
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SIIIIIICK!

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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 11/18/2014 4:33 PM

Dang, he's a great rider man! Would be a shame if he didn't find a WC-Team! while on the subject, what about dem Banshee boys? I think they turned some heads last season, so would be great to see them back! Being a Banshee rider myself, I wouldn't mind ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 11/18/2014 11:57 AM

What's up with Cam Cole btw? Is he still racing for Commencal? He's been posting pictures of Santa Cruz bikes on his instagram and referred to Kieran Bennett as his team mate. It would be awesome if he came back racing world cups. Even though it didn't ... more »

Added reply in a thread Magnetic pedals instead of clips? 11/18/2014 11:44 AM

I can't imagine how that would work. And just tipping your foot to get out.... I don't think that would be practical on a more techy trail, where you move a lot on your bike. Sounds to me like it combines disadvantages of flats and clipless pedals: You ... more »

Added a product review for Banshee Bikes Spitfire Frame 11/7/2014 9:50 AM
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A Downhillers Trailbike indeed!

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The Good: - really aggressive Geometry for that little Travel - stiff chassis - pedals well uphill (not great but still good) - stable ride downhill

The Bad: Not much actually. I have to ride a medium cage X9 Type 2 derailleur for 1x10spd with a 11-36 cassette, because the rear stretches quite a bit while going through it's travel and the Type 2 derailleurs don't have as much free motion as the normal ones. A short cage would make the bike quite a bit quieter.

Overall:
I've got the bike build with a 160mm Rock Shox Pike up front and the Fox Float RP23 it comes with. I ride a fair bit of steep and technical terrain with it and it handles it surprisingly well. The Geometry is spot on and the suspension system works like a treat. On normal "Enduro" kind of trails I never wish for more travel, I think the Pike helps greatly, but the chassis is really stiff and makes for a stable ride. It's only on my local DH track, where the speeds are significantly higher that I remember it's only 130mm of travel. Maybe a beefier shock would help, but the system certainly has it's limits somewhere. As a trailbike it's pretty unbeatable, though!
I definitely care more about going downhill, but the bike also climbs really well. I usually only ride it in the slack setting and on steep climbs you really have to shift your weight forward, but if you have a dual position fork that solves that problem, too.

I haven't had many troubles with the bushing system, I quite like it actually. I study mechanical engineering and had a discussion with a professor about that and he agreed, that it's better than bearings. Banshee could have made it easier to service though, it's a bit annoying to get the grease gun in there and the screws are tiny.

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Added a comment about product review Worse frame i have ever owened 11/7/2014 9:05 AM
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How the hell did you mount the bushings? Did you forget to grease them? I've got that frame and have to say it's way more care free than bearings, I never exchanged the bushings, just grease them then and now.
I also study mechanical engineering and can tell you that those bushings are way more suited for the task than bearings. You should only use bearings for motions that include a full 360° circle, small angels like you have on mtb frames destroy the bearings quite quickly. Also glide bushings can take way more force, especially from the side.
The only reason Banshee had to discontinue using them was, that people just didn't grease them and they start creaking pretty fast. Bearings need way more love, normally you should turn them a few degrees every few rides, nobody does that, but even completely fucked bearings kinda work for quite some time, so people don't really care. You'll feel a big difference if you change them, tough!

I think it's really sad Banshee stopped using Bushings.

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Added bike check Banshee Spitfire V1 11/7/2014 4:52 AM
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Liked a comment on the item Ride Canyons | Cody Kelley 10/27/2014 12:03 PM

Mike, Cody is about 25 years younger than you are, let the kid have a little fun with his colorful kit...a kit that is nearly sold out of our warehouse BTW.

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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 9/8/2014 12:21 PM

the heart could stand for peaty? Can't imagine him leaving the syndicate, though! It's really cool to see the rumours back, was missing these last year!

Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - Industry World Champs 9/4/2014 12:53 AM

maybe a discount drive-thru safari tiger that's been overfed.

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Added a comment about feature Win SRAM GUIDE RSC Brakes - Vital OTB Windham, NY World Cup 8/8/2014 11:53 PM
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Troy Brosnan: 2:25:30
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Liked a comment on the item Specialized Racing Mixes It Up at Leogang 6/20/2014 1:14 AM

Specialized needs to give Mitch some more spotlight. Sure he's not number 1 or 2 but as a developing rider to qualify with one of the tightest fields ever is a pretty huge accomplishment. Showcase the team, not just the leaders!

Added a comment about feature 7 Things the Leogang World Cup Taught Me 6/16/2014 11:19 AM
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More bikeparky tracks? Oh no, I hope not!
It was a great race, and great to watch, but I can't imagine something like Hill's or Hart's Champery runs happen there.
The WC should be a good mixture of tracks, but always plenty of techy and steep tracks! :D

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Liked a comment on the item 7 Things the Leogang World Cup Taught Me 6/16/2014 11:16 AM

Easy corner?

Added a comment about news blog Gee Atherton and Manon Carpenter Fastest in Leogang Timed Training 6/13/2014 10:23 AM
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What? No.. he raced every World Cup so far!

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Added reply in a thread Who would win? Sam Hill vs Nico Vouilloz in their prime 5/24/2014 12:39 AM

Sam Hill motherf#cker

Added a comment about video Kevin Dewinski - Off Season 5/14/2014 10:54 AM
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Awesome!

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