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So my frame arrived late last week, but I've been fighting off Pnuemonia, so the build has been put on hold till I can get out to play with the new toys. I had originally hoped for a raw frame, but the red/polished frame looks really good. I like it better in person and the red has a really nice metal flake that comes to life when you get it in the sun. Here are a few pics that I was able to shoot today though. Hopefully I can start assembling this weekend.





















 

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Here's a bit of an update and a few more pics. I was able to get a little time to tinker after work the other night. I got a lot further along today and will post more pics later, but here's a little something to check out in the meantime.









 

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Here's a few pics of the completed build. Lighting isn't great, so I'll have to get some better pics today, but it will give you an idea. Hope you like.





 

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I only got a small sample last night with a couple of passes up and down the street, but it feels really good so far. I can't wait to give it a proper thrashing. I think the DH bike may get left in the garage for a bit so that I can spend some quality time on this. I think it's going to be super fun for some light DH as well as just playing around on.
 

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It's actually the Banshee headset. I had a nice FSA headset sitting around and was thinking about getting a Cane Creek 110, but the Munro headset from Banshee looks really solid, good bearings, nice beefy cups, and a unique look, so I decided to try it. It may be a touch heavier than the others I was considering, although I didn't weigh it, but I think it's gonna be solid.
 

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So, a little late, but as promised a few better quality pics of the complete build and the build specs.

2010 Banshee Rampant Short Red/Polished Frame w/Fox RP2 Shock
2009 SRAM X.0 Shifter
2009 SRAM X.0 Der. (short cage)
2010 Shimano XT M770 11-32 Cassette
2010 Shimano XTR M970 Crankset & BB (175mm)
e*Thirteen 36T Guidering (red)
e*Thirteen SRS+ Chain Guide/Bash (white); will swap out for LG1+ at some point
Twenty6 Pedals (urban camo, Ti axles, black pins)
SRAM PC 991 Chain
2010 Rock Shox Revelation Team U-Turn Air w/Maxle Lite (currently set at 120mm)
2009 Avid Elixer CR Carbon Brakes (160mm rear, 203mm front)
2010 Crank Brothers Iodine UST Wheelset (iron)
Schwalbe Nobby Nic UST 2.25 (front)
Schwalbe Racing Ralph UST 2.1 (rear)
Chromag Fubars Acute Bar (polished)
Chromag Ranger Stem 50mm (red)
Funn Combat Lock-On Grips (white)
Banshee Headset
Banshee Seatpost
Chromag Lynx DT Saddle (red)

FINAL WEIGHT: 27.9 Pounds













 

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I love how this thing looks, really classy build. Got a question though - what is the exact intended programme for this bike? Sort of general trail blasting, nothing too extreme either way? Things like tires, wheels, and the fork are on the light side for any aggressive stuff, yet only a single chainring - sure it's light and maybe you're one of those guys who can climb anything on the big ring, but a dual ring would make have made it unbeatable on a climb...

Just curious, not putting down your bike or anything - like I said it looks like a really nice ride.
 

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Iceman2058 said:
I love how this thing looks, really classy build. Got a question though - what is the exact intended programme for this bike? Sort of general trail blasting, nothing too extreme either way? Things like tires, wheels, and the fork are on the light side for any aggressive stuff, yet only a single chainring - sure it's light and maybe you're one of those guys who can climb anything on the big ring, but a dual ring would make have made it unbeatable on a climb...

Just curious, not putting down your bike or anything - like I said it looks like a really nice ride.
Banshee's intended purpose for this frame is 4X/DJ/Street. My plans for it are, in a word, "playbike". As we don't have any purpose built 4X tracks locally, it will be used for some light DH where I either don't need my 8" bike, or I want to work on bike handling skills and just need enough suspension to take out the sting. It will see time on the pumptrack and BMX track, as well as some DJ, although I'm not much of a jumper at the moment. It will probably see a little time as a trail bike too, although I have a 5 1/2" bike for that. As far as build goes, I definitely wanted to keep it on the light and flickable side of things, but I also tend to be more about smooth flow than plow riding and I'm pretty light at 150-160 pounds depending on gear and what I ate for dinner. LOL! Really the only questionable parts in my mind are the crankset, and possibly the bar and tires. XTR cranks are used by many riders on the WC for 4X and even some DH bikes. The bars are designed as their "All Mountain" bar and I think they'll be plenty tough. The tires will get changed out depending on intended riding. I could have gone to a burlier fork too, but I don't feel it would benefit me in durability or stiffness for my size and riding style. Hopefully that explains some of the choices in the build. BTW, no offense taken at all. :thumbsup:
 
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