Friday, December 31, 2010
Hi Rob, Keith and Jay!
Sending a few pics of my AMP finally!
As I’ve said before, I LOVE my AMP and ride the ramps, dirt jumps and skateparks with my kid on a regular basis. I used to spend more time on the trail, but I’ve devolved into a park rat, adopted by an awesome crew of delinquent teenage kids who have seen fit to humor me and push me into all variety of danger. I came to this type of riding late in life (57 last August) so I don’t really have my own crew . . .
The bike is really tight, balanced and comes in around 26lbs. I just installed a Fox 831, set @90mm travel, a couple weeks back and have to say it’s such a great fork. (Might be biased being a Fox guy, but I call ‘em as I see ‘em). I’m running Mavic 321’s with the new Maxxis 26” DTH tires; Race Face D2 stem for that bmx-ey style; Shimano XT cranks; Avid Code 5 rear brake; Thompson post and SDG Bel-Air saddle. I always get lot’s of comments and compliments on the bike and despite it’s stealth looks, everyone knows it’s a Banshee. I’ll keep hounding the other Fox guys to get you pics of their sweet new Banshee’s . . .
May the new year find you guys healthy, happy and ready for a seriously big year for Banshee Bikes!
All the best,
Powered Vehicle Division
Fox Racing Shox
Thursday, December 30, 2010
After seeing pictures of my air time and style I was thinking I should retire from all bicycle related activities. But then I saw how good I look posing with my bike, maybe there is a future for me in bike posing ... thoughts, anyone, anyone?
James was feeling like he had a case of SARS, but he was still taking it up. He had a couple decent whips but I missed the shot.
Then I climbed up a hill and tried to get some shots from a different angle. Picture is not cropped at all. Sure with some cropping this picture would look a lot better.
Happy New Year. Keep Riding.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
About a month ago we started giving the step-up a major overhaul, beginning with a shopping spree at the local lumber yard. It’s been quite the process of getting the lip build, painting it, and getting it over there, but it was all worth it to say the least! It’s been some great times having some wicked seshes with new tricks and good laughs. Good ‘ol winter!
Photo Cred: Davin Pena
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
After the tubes for the top tube, down tube and head tube are cut they are loaded into a basket.
The basket with the tubing is then dipped in some chemicals that I was told I can not drink.
Chemical bath, water, chemical bath, water, chemical bath and some more water. Then we move onto the mud bath ...
Frames are placed in a jig and tacked together before the mud bath I guess ...
A rack of Amps ready to be placed in the mud bath ...
Sunday, December 19, 2010
increase the ability to be a mechanic by at least 55%.
that are a size too small may reduce movement by 37%.
increase core temperature by 10 degrees.
increased awesomeness by 24%.
sex appeal down 5% ... due to grease and paint stains.
James has been riding and building a couple of days a week. He likes to go fast and take it up and he has been successful at both. He firmly believes that the Rampant is the bike for Taiwan, maybe the bike for all of Asia.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
We are calling it the SB-1 kit and after extensive testing we have determined the following:
- increases awesomeness by 15-20%
- increases of sex appeal by 30-40% (depending on the rider)
- decreases aerodynamics by 5% but somehow has a positive effect on speed, amplitude
- increases judges' results by anywhere from 80 to 95%
... a full list of the benefits will be released soon ...
Right now we can say the new suit works 60% of the time every time. We are finding that results vary with use of bikes that do not say Banshee on them ...
Friday, December 17, 2010
Sunday practice did not start until early afternoon with racing due to commence at 3pm but was delayed an hour after a bad crash towards the end of practice. I finally got over the start line at 4.20pm and had a really good race run and took over the Hot Seat with a time of 3:14:15 which was 4 seconds faster than my Seeding Race run. I eventually finished in 4th place behind current World Junior Champ - Troy Brosnan, Brandon Yrttiaho and Phil Piazza with Henry Blake rounding out the Top 5. I am happy with a great start to the National season and now look forward to the next round at Mount Baw Baw, Victoria followed by Mount Buller, Victoria.
I would like to extend a huge shout of thanks and appreciation to my Sponsors - Banshee Bikes, NS Dynamics.com.au, Chunked.com.au, KWT-Maxxis, Elka Suspension and Summer Harvest. I would also like to acknowledge Darren Boman - Barspin Imports and Team Banshee Australia for his continuing support and assistance with my riding and racing.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Its full on winter here in Fernie, and I have been craving biking since the first snow flake hit the trails. I have been getting my adrenaline fix in on my skis, which is a minor reminder of what I have been missing since being on my bike.
My brother nic is just finishing his semester in U of L, and he had to do a 1 min skit on a snow activity, so he decided to get my girlfriend and I to do a little skit on snow biking.
I thought it was pretty funny.
I am pretty sure Paul is an International Music Video Star. Check out the video for Ladyhawke - Magic, I asked Paul about it and he did not deny it, so ...
WATCH IT HERE ...
I have not posted anything about myself in a while. I have been getting some emails asking how I am doing. If you do not know I broke my back in a biking accident in July. It has been a pain filled couple of months but I guess that is what happens when you break your back. I have been riding a little bit and have been doing my best not to over do it.
I have been riding a friend's road bike on and off for the past several months and I have been swimming a couple of times. Went to the beach this week ... rehab is hard.
I have been on my Amp and my brother's Rampant a little bit. Have been trying to keep my wheels on the ground as much as possible.
Riding some trails on my brother's Rampant. I am going to have to get me a Rampant soon. It is like be on my Amp but much more forgiving.
I have been working on my berm and pump track skills on my Amp. I can still not bunny hop, pulling up on the bars hurts. So my style is even worse than ever ...
Now that I am fat and out of shape it is a lot harder to ride all day. If the fatness does not get to me the back pain does.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
the British built JCB machine (3CX) is legendary for its high workrate and site mastery, and we've managed to snag a very experienced driver (ken) who is worth his weight in gold...
FOR MORE WORDS AND PICTURES CLICK HERE ...
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Here is my Amp:
Banshee AMP short
Crank: Gusset Pigmy 853 Renolds black
Stem: Gusset Staff Stem frempind 50mm. sort
Chain: Gusset ½ link green
Chain wheel: Gusset 4X green
Grips: Acros lock on green locks
Butterfly: Acros 222Cycles logo Spinning cap green
Saddle pin: Acros green "insert"
Head set: Dia-Compe IB1 green
FOR MORE OF THE GREEN MONSTER CLICK HERE ...
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Recently were held two big events in November and December. One was on “nevados de Chillan” ( click on this link for review of Steve Wentz; US rider that came to Chile for the race:http://www.vitalmtb.com/features/Dispatch-Steve-Wentz-Reports-from-the-Copa-Cannondale-in-Chile,116 ), and the other was this weekend (4-5 of December), the National Champs that were on La Parva (just a few km´s away from Santiago Capital).
FOR MORE CLICK HERE ...
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
If you do not know who Mike Montgomery this is your first time on the Banshee Blog ... snoop around you will be impressed.