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East Coast Paradox

My main ride.  2010 Banshee Paradox (V1), 120mm Reba, 2x9, tubeless.  An absolute animal on the trail, a freakin' bulldozer -  but super-light at a hair over 28 lbs.
My main ride.  2010 Banshee Paradox (V1), 120mm Reba, 2x9, tubeless.  An absolute animal on the trail, a freakin' bulldozer -  but super-light at a hair over 28 lbs. Bombproof drivetrain: Race Face Atlas FR crank, Phil Wood PWX05 BB bearings, heavy duty bash guard by Purely Custom, Blackspire Super Pro 34T chainring, XTR chain.  The MRP LRP hasn't failed me yet.  Shimano 9-speed front derailleurs are better than SRAM's but the X.9 is the only one that gives me enough tire clearance on this frame.  The Spank Spike pedals are relatively new, but they've been damn good so far. The XT Shadow rear derailleur has been hassle-free.  The Hadley thru-bolt really stiffens things up in the rear.  I keep spare zip ties tucked under the Lizard Skins chainstay protector. Controls set up for 1-finger braking and thumb shifting.  If you're looking for lock-on grips that are thick and comfortable like Ourys but a little firmer, Lizard Skins North Shore grips are a good way to go. Why the Franken-headset?  I wanted the Cane Creek 110 top because it has a compression ring (Kings have them nowadays also, but they didn't back in 2009).  I stayed with the King bottom cup because I like its beefier crown race. There are a lot of muscular hardtails out there, but this is what makes a Banshee unique - the super-stiff box-section internally ribbed stays.  I'm running 180mm (7") rotors now, but the Primes are so powerful I may switch to 6" I'm narrow-shouldered with slightly longer than normal arms.  Previously I was running an 80mm stem and cut-down Easton EA70 mid-rise (30mm) bars - an old school setup.  I recently switched to a 70mm stem and the Chromag FUBARs Acute bar which is wider (720mm vs. 650mm) and has less rise (25mm) and sweep.  This "new school" setup made a world of difference. Coming up on 20 years and the Thomson Elite is still the standard by which all others are measured.  The Devo is  light, comfy, and wide - everything I want in a saddle.  I've always loved Hope QR clamps (even the dorky looking pre-2009 ones).
Parts Brand Model Additional info
Frame Banshee Bikes Paradox (2010) Medium, Raw/Orange
Rear Shock Other N/A N/A
Fork RockShox Reba Team Dual Air 29er, 120mm, Maxle Lite (2009) white
Headset Cane Creek 110 110 upper cup + Chris King NoThreadSet lower cup, black
Handlebar Chromag FUBARS Acute black
Stem Thomson X4, 70mm, 0-degree (SM-E131) black
Grips Lizard Skins North Shore lock-on black
Brakes Hayes Prime Pro (2011) black, V7 180mm rotors
Brake Levers Hayes Prime Pro (2011) black
Shifters Shimano XTR Rapidfire Plus 9-speed (SL-M970A)
Front Derailleur SRAM X.9 high clamp, top-pull (2009)
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow 9-speed, mid cage (RD-M772-GS)
Chainguide MRP LRP, ISCG-05 (25-4-001) black
Cranks Race Face Atlas FR, 175mm (2009) black
Chainrings / Sprocket Blackspire Super Pro 34T Race Face 22T ring
Bottom Bracket Race Face Race Face Atlas FR Phil Wood PWX05 bearings
Chain Shimano XTR/Dura Ace 9-speed (CN-7701)
Cassette / Rear Cog Shimano XTR 9-speed, 11-32T (CS-M970)
Pedals Spank Spike black
Front Rim Stan's NoTubes ZTR Arch 29", 32H black
Rear Rim Stan's NoTubes ZTR Arch 29", 32H black
Hubs Other Pro II, 32H, 110x20mm thru front, 135x10mm thru rear
Spokes Wheelsmith DB14 black, brass nipples
Front Tire WTB Bronson Race 2.2" running tubeless
Rear Tire WTB Bronson Race 2.2" running tubeless
Saddle WTB Devo SLT black
Seatpost Thomson Elite 30.9, 367mm (SP-E128) black
Seatpost Clamp Hope Quick Release Seat Clamp, 34.9mm black
General Info
Riding Type Trail / All-Mountain
Weight 28 lb 1 oz (12729 g)
Additional Info 50mm chainline Hadley 135x10mm thru-bolt Purely Custom Soft Touch 34T bash guard (730M-0000-1200-000) Lizard Skins Super Jumbo chainstay protector Chris King headset spacers Wheels Mfg. 2.5mm alloy BB Spacer
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