The following illustration explains how to orientate the chips to achieve the desired geometry setting.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The following illustration explains how to orientate the chips to achieve the desired geometry setting.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
The first 5 photos are from day one, the last 2 from the second day.
(Photos shot by Martin and myself)
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Live To Ride: Ollie Jones Visual Treats on Pinkbike
Props to Nico T for the footage and editing, great vibe!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I packed up my bags, hitched the trailer up and got the wheels turning towards Telluride Mountain Resort for the 2012 Colorado State Championships. This small mountain town situated in the southwest corner of Colorado has played host to a World Cup and has been a mainstay on the Mountain States Cup circuit the past decade. The surrounding mountains tower above the historical mining town of Telluride, this place really is special and sometimes the views can even be distracting while trying to navigate down the course. The mountain has created a good system of trails in its developing bike park and the 2002 World Cup track still remains, but has seen quite a few facelifts throughout the years.
Two years have passed since I was last here and the track has since received some changes. The rocks in the landing of the road gap were to my delight removed and smooth rocks put in there place to provide an easy landing platform. Momentum Trail Concepts last year developed the bottom of the track with big berms, added track sections and time with steep chutes and tight turns. The weekend started out with some soaking rain that tacked up the riding surface creating hero dirt to end the day Friday. The rest of the weekend called for afternoon showers which could really shake things up if we were to race in the peanut butter.
There was once again a time trial Super D race that I chose to enter in for a bit of fun and practice towards the Big Mountain Enduro series later this year. There were a ton of dusty bermed turns and short sprints between to set the riders apart. It was a fun track to ride and I was excited to see if I could repeat my 1st place performance from last week. I had a great top section going and was riding well until I traversed across the open ski slope. I was looking ahead towards the entrance of the trees and then the off camber trail fell away beneath my wheels sending me sliding head first over the flesh searing rocks. After dusting myself off I hopped back on my bike with bars twisted 10 degrees to the left and rode hard the rest of the way to a 6th place finish only 4 seconds off the box and 10 from the win. As disappointing and painful as the race was I was stoked to see Teddy come across the line and finish 4th place overall less than a second off of 3rd.
Sunday morning rolled around and the aches from the previous evenings activities fallowed me up for my qualifying run. The rain had held off and the track was rough, fast and dry. I put together a clean qualifying run and ended up seeding in 2nd place .2 out of 1st. I knew I had to open it up throughout the turns and minimize mistakes for my final as I was tired from pedaling too hard out of every turn. Telluride local boy Jess rode very well in his first timed run since Angel Fire to seed 5th and Teddy who had been right on my tail seeded into 7th. With some good rides, we were looking at the possibility of 3 riders in the top 5, but first the Cat 1 15-18 junior riders were about to drop in. Both Roy and Tyler had crashed in their seeding runs and Roy was the first to cross the line and into the hot seat. He held the top position until Tyler crossed the line .05 ahead. Overall, Tyler would finish in 5th and Roy in 6th place. Congratulations to Roy who finished 2nd overall in the MSC Cat 1 15-18.
It was time to head back up the hill for my final run. In 2010 I had qualified 1st and was primed for a great finish and I ended up blowing my bead off the rim and awarded myself with an overnight stay in the Hospital. This thought had crossed my mind once or twice but I knew all I can do is ride and the rest will sort itself out. After congratulating the young junior rider who seeded 1st behind me, I set out of the gate far more focused and was riding exceptionally faster in the top section. I was riding loose, drifting past some of the spectators as I entered into the trees that took me down two years ago. I let out a little celebratory cheer as I smoothly rode past my old crash zone and blitzed into the rocks. I rode a slightly higher line than in practice and avoided many of the bigger rocks, but just as I thought I was in the clear, the all too familiar sound of the bead blowing off the tire rang true through the trees like a shotgun blast. At least this time I was still upright, body intact and ready to ride another day even though my day was done due to my rim losing the battle with a very sharp rock. Teddy had a safe run but left a little too much in the tank and finished 13th overall. Jess who had been gaining speed all weekend was looking for the podium but just fell short in 4th place overall, .8 off of the box.
It was another great weekend of riding and racing on some great tracks in arguably one of the most beautiful places in the country. There were some close calls and disappointment on my part with my DNF and fall in the Super D. The junior riders continued to impress and show their willingness to push themselves faster each weekend. Michael took this weekend off the rehab from a few bicycle get offs and to train for the upcoming Big Mountain Enduro Series races. Lear has been ripping it up in British Columbia, visiting Banshee headquarters and shredding hard in front of the camera. Thanks to all of our great sponsors for allowing us to perform at our highest potential and helping us reach our goals.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I know that there are a lot of people out there trying to work out what size prime will be best for them. However, I'm not convinced you are all refering to the refined final geometry that will be used for the production frames. So I've attached it below for you to have a look at.
**Click to make bigger and more clear
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Look for the latest info here first.
We should have news on 2013 stuff up shortly so keep checking in.
BTW... that's Keith riding in his home - Scotland... looks like the sun does come out now and again.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
The next morning I got my new friends Matt and Jack out of their tents to go and ride the unique and challenging Ribbon trail. Look it up. We rolled down the long rock slab sending little rock lips and styling out the terrain with long manuals and wheelies. I showed them the tunnel at the climb out, a little side jaunt that was carved by water through soft stone and mud layers. There is now a rideable way out of the canyon, thanks to local volunteers. We then rode Free Lunch, starting from epic views of the Grand Valley and dropping down twisted and rocky as hell singletrack with a bunch of drops, none of which are much bigger than eight feet. Then it was on to Pucker Up, and trail with super tech drops and jumps with blind landings, along with parts of plain old faast rolling fun. The Lunch loops have come a long way over the years.
As I was cruising along the road at the end to meet the glorious Grassroots Cycles shuttle for a lift back to the top, I got to thinking about the Banshee Paradox I was perched upon. I've ridden that bike for several seasons now, hardly ever changing anything. I've taken it to Washington state and ridden around the entire Olympic Peninsula and finished in Seattle. With all the twists and turns, I ended up pedaling nearly 700 miles in those eight days. My Paradox has seen all the lift access mountains in Colorado, and ridden almost all the d.h. courses on those mountains. I've ridden from my front door up Transfer trail, a grueling climb that goes up five thousand feet in nine miles, and descended through lush alpine forests back to my high desert home at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers. Last summer while working at a bike shop in Carbondale, I had a twelve mile commute one way, and rode it nearly every day for six months. 125 miles a week, plus whatever I rode that week in the hills. Almost always on my Paradox.
Friday, May 4, 2012
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
The Banshee Legend MKII was designed by suspension engineer and general Scottish bad-ass Keith Scott and was released in 2010 after almost 4 years of refinements from riders around the world. I personally have been riding the Legend MKII for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, and look forward to another season aboard the Banshee flagship DH race bike.
Key Frame Features and Specs
INA Cartridge Bearings
Titanium pivot axles
Maxle compatible rear axle
150mm rear end
83mm BB shell
8” of rear wheel travel
9.5″ x 3″ shock
ISCG 05 chain guide mounts
30.9mm seat post
3 sizes (S, M, L)
13.7 inch Bottom Bracket Height
63.8 Head angle
17.4 inch chainstay
Not a Scream!!!
Both of my Legend MKIIs have been built up with no compromise parts, which for the purpose of this review will allow me to concentrate on the frame only.
Manitou Dorado and Revox combo to handle suspension duties
Raceface Atlas FR: Bar, Stem, Cranks, seatpost
Saint Drivetrain, Brakes
Sun Ringle Wheels w/ Maxxis High Roller 3Cs/HR2
The Legend MKII frame quality and attention to detail is second to none, including Ti bearing hardware, extra hangers and touch up paint – even the box the frame arrives in is pretty cool. The Legend is an aggressive weight, with the large weighing in just a couple grams below 4kg. Banshee specs the Legend with oversize bearings, and after a season of pressure washing the bike at the WBP and putting it away wet the frame action still feels smooth and supple.
The weight of the bike is usefully low and the mass is centrally located providing a balanced chassis that is easy to turn. The low shock position helps with this advantageous C.O.G. but does not hinder access to the shock’s adjustments. The Legend’s 1.5” headtube provides a number of headset and subsequently set-up options, easily accommodating zero stack headsets or an AngleSet.
There are several ride characteristics which become apparent from the moment you saddle up the Legend, the first being its pedaling efficiency. This bike, when equipped with a 38 tooth chain ring, is an extremely capable pedaling bike with excellent power transfer. It avoids bobbing or wallowing within its travel, and accelerates better then several mid-travel bikes I have ridden in the past.
The next most prominent ride characteristic of the Legend is its cornering ability. Sometimes I feel the bike is on rails as opposed to tires. I have found that the Legend is capable of holding speed through the tightest corners, and definitely rewards an aggressive cornering style. I noticed this while following several friends, that the Legend is always capable of taking ‘the most’ inside line. If you watch any videos of the Banshee World Cup team’s Adam Brayton or Matej Charvat, The Geronimo Team, Paul Genovese, or Alan Hepburn you can see the Legend’s inside line capability.
The Legend was designed to utilize a rearward axle path, which is quite advantages when your goal is to squeeze every last bit of speed out of a section of trail. The bike literally accelerates out of every bump, root cluster, rock or square edge bump you encounter, as the axle path essentially acts to push the bike forward.
The suspension design is a virtual pivot system, achieved through a short link 4 bar linkage. The main advantage of this design (other than achieving the rearward axle path) is to separate braking from suspension – allowing you to brake to your heart’s content, while the suspension still remains plush and active. The suspension curve is quite linear, allowing you to take advantage of the tuneability of modern shocks and allowing you to create the perfect suspension feel for your style or terrain.
The Legend has a very balanced and stable ride, and this is most notable through the chunder, where the bike feels planted, and very capable of holding your line. Like all current Banshees, the Legend is equipped with internally ribbed (for your pleasure) chainstays, which provide a very stiff rear end and contribute to the bike’s ability to hold its line in the rough.
I have found the Legend to be a very capable jumper, feeling at home on both slower speed steeper jumps, as well as high speed slacker jumps like Crab Apple Hits in the WBP. I wouldn’t rush to the village jumps with it, but I can’t imagine a DH bike that I would. The Legend is also a capable rig when tackling bigger free-ride type features and inspires confidence if you have to ‘guinea pig’ them. This leads into the Legends’ durability, I’ll be the first to admit I have cased some big stuff on this frame – ask Paul Stevens about that Retallack 'shittack' for instance, and the Legend has taken it in stride.
As with all high performance tools, some of the advantages, depending on your perspective and riding style could also be interpreted as disadvantages and the Legend is no different.
I personally, would like a slighter shorter chainstay. Although I am confident that if I could ever achieve World Cup speeds I would be stoked with the extra stability a longer rear end would provide.
The linear suspension curve could also be a negative if you were to build the bike with an older, or more basic shock which lacked the high and low speed compression adjustments of the Manitou Revox, Bos Stoy, Fox RC4 or Cane Creek Double Barrel.
Proper chain ring selection is essential in order to maximize pedal efficiency, as my 2010 Legend was built with a 36t chain ring and experienced minor pedal bob/feedback. However when I built the bike up with the recommended 38t ring (which the suspension was designed around) the pedal bob/feedback was eliminated.
In conclusion, the Legend is a no compromise speed machine which allows the rider to perform at the top of their ability, and can take years of abuse.
Thanks to Garrett Grove and David Fournier for photos.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
Happy April fools everyone, I am sure everyone was quite happy that the Kiara race wasn't a joke with riders turning up from far and wide. A total of 136 participants took part, one of the bigger races we have had in Malaysia to date. FRM, (FreeRide Malaysia) the race organisers and trail builders, really out did themselves this time, a great combination of high speed sections, some nice steep technical sections and just a tad of pedaling to mix it up. Really shows the progression of trail building in Malaysia over the past few years.
With the large amount of riders present, most of race day was spent waiting around. Elites only came down for their final run at close to 5pm. Its the only real critique of an otherwise great race, we really need to start using 30 second intervals for seeding and finals. Makes the sport far better for spectators too.
It did rain over the past few days but it decided to stay dry today with beautiful blue skies welcoming in the month of april. Conditions were pretty much perfect in seeding run, just damp enough to keep the dust down and gives the tires something to dig into. Aaron seeding in 6th with a 3.12, I seeded in 3rd with a 3.08, rizal got a bit unlucky and crashed at the entrance to Bunians. Hong Chun put in an amazing run and seeded first in Elite with a time of 2.59.
With the blue skies and a gentle wind the track dried out further, leaving it pretty much bone dry. Watching the rest of the field coming down it was obvious that it was getting really slippery on the track from the amount of people crossing the line with soiled kit. Rizal too crossed the line with a frown, torn up his pretty new jersey. Just not his day today, crashed at the same place during seeding and warned us about the slippery conditions. He swears there is a stump hiding somewhere there out to get him. Me and Aaron were both pushing to go faster in the finals, Aaron unfortunately caught out on the slippery corners on the bottom of the track. I managed to hit all my lines and pushed hard on the pedaling bits, managed to go 11 seconds faster in the final. I was quite happy with my time, but was kicked out of the hot seat by the next rider down, beating me by 0.3 seconds. No surprise from Hong Chun, he put out an amazing run and went 2 seconds faster than his seeding time, getting a 2.57. It was nice to see a tight elite field, 1.7 seconds separating the top 3.
Back to the drawing board for me and trying to grow some legs again.
Fakawi Team Blog
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Of course this is still early in development and what transpires is still merely a "Request For Proposal" but hey, you've heard it here first.
Round #1 Pietermaritzburg was exciting finish - for Greg but it's not getting exciting overall it seems - for the powers that be.
The playing field is not even enough, it's always the same guys, too much technology.
Believe me, even at World Cup level there are whiners. Whiners will always whine. Never mind that the elites put in solid work in the winter when the rest are busy swapping war stories and swigging from a bottle. Tough!. You take out what you put in. But on the other hand, all these murmurs on too much technology...
Now there's something that regulators can work on - regulating technology.
Or specifically equipment. Recall the story of Slovenian alpine ski racer Tina Maze was called to task by the FIS, ski racing’s governing body, after finishing second in a slalom in Lienz, Austria, for wearing “plasticized” underwear.
FIS rules outline what kinds of clothing can be worn by racers and are designed to protect the skiers, in this particular case from wearing long johns that don’t allow the body to perspire and breathe. “Competition suits and clothing worn underneath, such as underwear, etc. may not be plasticized or treated by any chemical means (gaseous, liquid or solid),” the FIS rulebook says, “and must have a minimum permeability of 30 liters per m2/sec under 10 mm of water pressure.”
The real issue, though, is the perception of competitive advantage.
Closer to home we have seen Rachel Atherton whining about Tracey Mosley's skinsuit which was later, gasp! banned. I guess beating Rachel by 4 seconds is just too much.
Anyways, enough talking about the ladies, what we thought you loyal Banshee fans would like to know is what the UCI rulebook has in store for us. They have deemed that there is too much technology in the rear wheel setup. Gear box, derailleurs and purists are complaining. UCI actually wants to simplify things, removing too much tech by running a fixed hub.
CLICK TO ENLARGE: New UCI DH-F Ruling
One of the perceived main attractions of a fixed gear bicycle is low weight. Without the added parts required for a fully geared drive train, a fixed gear bicycle weighs significantly less than its geared equivalent.
Also, a fixed gear drivetrain is more mechanically efficient than any other bicycle drivetrain, with the most direct power transfer from rider to the wheels. Thus, a fixed gear requires less energy in any given gear to move than a geared bike in the same gear.
In slippery conditions some riders prefer to ride fixed because they believe the transmission provides increased feedback on back tire grip.
These arguments seems to make sense to the UCI and hence being part of the industry we have been given a referendum on the subject.
Here your chance for feedback and in the meantime, we show you a sneak peek of what compliance to UCI ruling will look like on the Legend MK2 F.
The current Legend Mark 2 underwent some changes to conform with the new UCI fixie DH requirements. Rear brake mounts are omitted and the rear derailleur hanger is no longer required. Some major changes will have to be made to the VF4B linkage to cope with fixed rear hub forces.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
It was the first race of 2012 that we did as a team with Rizal being able to join us last minute. Check out the video below for what we did to his bike! The track at sebex this year was the same as the one used for SEA games last year and shared the same bottom section as last year's APDC track too. It was a pretty tame track, no big drops or jumps, all the risky lines were taped off, word from the organisers is that they didn't want people to start the first race of the season by getting big injuries. There is no two ways about this track, you have to be fit and powerful, its one of those tracks where you have loads of fun in practice but loath it when it comes to racing. Due to the gentle gradient of the track, quick times require a lot of pedaling.
As usual, Aaron, Ian and me were the only 3 riders in elite category on flat pedals. No surprise there as the Indonesian riders have some power in their legs and aren't shy to use it. Practice for me and Ian was pretty relaxed as we knew the track quite well from SEA games last year, nothing really changed since then. We both knew that we just had to let it all hang out and embrace the pain in our legs when it comes time for finals. Aaron and Rizal were getting as much practice as they could and managed to do 8 runs on friday.
Saturday was qualifying with a short morning practice from 6.30 till 8am, we managed to get to the track early enough to put in two practice runs. The track was wet from yesterdays rain but I knew it would be bone dry again in the evening. Rizal in master b expert would have a slightly damp track but not enough to warrant a tire change. With 220 odd riders at the race and 1 minute intervals being used it was a really long wait, probably the worse part of racing that you never really get used to. Everyone had a pretty good seeding run except Aaron who decided to get a bit intimate with a tree. Rizal qualified in 5th and as looking to improve, as usual it was no surprise that all 3 of us in elite were near the bottom. Popo putting in a solid time of 2.20, Ian was the closest with a 2.35. All of us were looking to at least hit the 2.30 mark come race day.
After getting back to our accommodation it decided to rain pretty hard for a couple of hours, we were all dreading a wet track as it would just make the pedaling worse. Mud guards went on and we took out wet tires along for race day just in case. Luckily the weather gods smiled and gave us blue skies all day, the track was only muddy in one small section which dried out for the Elites again. Rizal dug deep and managed to go a few seconds faster, earning him 3rd place. Aaron got a bit unlucky and slid out on one of the corners, otherwise would have been set for a good time. Ian managed to go faster and shockingly pedalled hard, respect as he is the only person i know who hates pedaling more than i do. I too dug deep and managed to go 5 seconds faster. On paper our results don't seem that impressive, but we are right in the mid pack in elite category. Which in indonesia means quite a lot to us with sebex being one of the more pedaly tracks around. A significant difference from last year when we were no where close to even the mid pack elite riders, yet this time 4 seconds faster would have put us on the podium. There is a lot more work to be done but it doesn't seem impossible any more.
Right now the team is back in kl, everyone preparing for the Kiara KDD race this weekend. Stoked to have back to back race weekends, its how it should be! As simple and fun as the kiara track is to ride, it is going to be a challenging track to race on as you really have to keep it on edge the whole way down. Its going to be a great weekend of riding and racing!
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Monday, March 5, 2012
Last weekend I packed my stuff, took the AMP, got a shovel, and drove to Seeheim/ Jugenheim (Germany) around 100 km from my hometown to help & check out the ongoing rebuilding of the H2O Trails - one of my favourite spots around.
Since this spot hosted since years the " Dreck Attack Jam" event in the summertime http://bansheeteam.blogspot.com/2011/08/dreck-attack-2011.html it was now time for new lines and bigger jumps with professionell support.
That was provided by Guido Tschugg http://www.guidotschugg.de/1_about_me/ in cooperation with Red Bull and the Seeheim riders.
It was fun to meet the guys, discuss the lines and see the progress.
I'm looking forward doing the first ride !
Get dirty, dudes !
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
So we have just done out first race of 2012 and first race in New Zealand. I finished 17th place in men's open and Aaron had some bad luck and crashed in the final. It's been a very steep learning curve for us, luckily one of our biggest worries with the cold weather turned out to be a non issue. Sure its not as warm as we would like it to be but it's not killing us tropical boys either.
The race weekends here are run a bit differently to what we are used to back home, with only one day of practice and straight into racing the next day. With a track as high speed and full on as Rotorua it was obvious that knowing the track inside out would be a huge advantage. This was evident with many of the local riders taking podium spots in most of the categories. Nothing in Malaysia has really prepared us for the tracks here, but then again that's why we are here to learn. Besides being high speed and rough, they are technical too, not in the same way we are used to back home tho. Things like having to set up for a particular corner 4 corners before you get to it, just so you can get a wide line and carry speed through it.
All and all we had a great time and are looking forward to the next round in Wellington. In the mean time check out the video we put together from the race.
Till next time!
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Thursday, February 9, 2012
Joe 'This is Sheffield' Bowman has been out a lot on his Banshee Legend this winter, and Duncan Philpott has been there to capture some of the fun times with his mad skills behind the lense.
Check out Duncan's photos on his website: duncanphilpott.com
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
I've been racing for Banshee Bikes Factory team with my team mate Adam Brayton and we had an awesome time. I spent almost all weekends of the season at the races. I did whole World Cup except South Africa, most of IXS European DH Cup, a few other races plus a lot of training and riding. It was simply fun with some solid results.
First of all, there is a video footage which hasn't been released yet. It shows some Worldcups, Dirt Jumps, MX and World Champs of 2011.
For whole story with more photos and a
As a bonus, here we have some pictures:
If you are interested in more pictures from 2011, you can see the whole album at my profile.
Anybody, who is interested in what I'm doing can follow me on my fb page: http://www.facebook.com/matejcharvatofficialpage
or on my twitter: http://www.twitter.com/matejcharvat
I would like to thanks to my 2011 sponsors, which helped me a lot to make this happened.
And another special thanks to Gravitymag.com's Patrik Prochazka, who traveled with me to some races and made the most of the pictures above, the first one is by Ken81.