4li2k73z Share your Vital activity on Facebook (More info)
close

Vital's Banshee Spitfire Test Bike

When I'm testing individual trail bike components, I use this steed. Fast Frame Facts: 5-inches of travel // Two geometry modes // Tapered headtube // Hydroformed 7005 AL tubes // ISCG2005 tabs // Approximately 65.5-degree headangle in current configuration
When I'm testing individual trail bike components, I use this steed. Fast Frame Facts: 5-inches of travel // Two geometry modes // Tapered headtube // Hydroformed 7005 AL tubes // ISCG2005 tabs // Approximately 65.5-degree headangle in current configuration Super short (35mm), super light, and super good looking. This baby brought it all together. I went with a long frame and short stem on this build, similar to what Mondraker is advocating with their "forward geometry." SRAM sent over some of their new Rise 60 wheels for a good thrashing. These puppies weigh just 1330 grams and use 24 spokes a pop. Pretty sure my average trail speed just went up a few miles per hour! While the Rise 60's weren't specifically designed for an aggressive all-mountain bike, I'm getting along on them pretty well. The flex is noticeable when really leaning into turns, but these bad boys are actually pretty burly. I tried to fold one in half while casing a berm-to-berm transfer. It's still ticking. This new X0 Trail four-piston brake is one of the best I've used from the Avid crew. Minus some noise in the wet and a little bit of witchcraft during the bleed process, they've been dialed. Climb. Trail. Descend. That's what CTD stands for, and you'll be seeing lots of it in 2013. Fox switched nearly their entire line over to this easy to use damping system. So far I'm spending almost all of my time in Trail mode, front and back. Best. Thing. Ever. Seriously. This little beauty will transform any bike from loud to silent, and I dig a quiet bike.
Parts Brand Model Additional info
Frame Banshee Bikes Spitfire
Rear Shock Fox Racing Shox Float CTD
Fork Fox Racing Shox 34 Float CTD
Headset Cane Creek
Handlebar Crank Brothers Sage 2 Freeride
Stem Spank Spike Race
Grips ODI Ruffian Lock-On
Brakes Avid X0 Trail
Brake Levers Avid X0 Trail
Shifters SRAM X0 Trigger Shifter
Rear Derailleur SRAM X0 Type II
Chainguide MRP Lopes SL Chainguide
Cranks MRP Camber
Cassette / Rear Cog SRAM XG 1080
Pedals Answer Rove FR
Front Tire Maxxis High Roller 2.35" Front and Rear
Rear Tire Maxxis High Roller 2.35" Front and Rear
Saddle SDG Bel Air
Seatpost KS Lev
General Info
Riding Type Trail / All-Mountain
0 comments