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2022 Canyon Lux, Trail Bike? - Nov. 16, 2021, 3:40 a.m.

Nice review!  It's also fair.

In the UK there seems to have been a move for some riders to shorter travel bikes with "the good geometry".  I don't think this bike is it though.

In fact I'm not sure who this bike is for really, maybe if you had a 3 bike quiver you could make the case for it, but if you were a 1 bike person, you would likely be happier overall with something a touch slacker and touch more travel, say 130mm.

One of my riding friends has jumped from a 170mm Geometron for our local rides (lots of smaller ups and downs but still 500m of vert in a 2.5hr ride, rocks, roots, drops and the occasional jump) to a Transition Spur AND a Santa Cruz Tallboy (how he managed to find not one but two bikes in stock and afford them is another couple of questions entirely...) and seems to be thoroughly enjoying his time on them.

I was tempted by a Banshee Phantom but ended up with the Banshee Prime as it was a better 1 bike solution for me.

The Gear We Live In - Nov. 2, 2021, 4:33 a.m.

Oooo I like a good time served gear list!:

Dakine 8 Track shorts [down to my final holeless pair, any tips for patching shorts where you have worn through the fabric rather than the seams?]

Dakine Dropout Long Sleeve Jersey [looks like a regular T-Shirt]

Oakley Racing Jackets with prescription lenses

DHB (Chainreaction own brand) Windproof Gilet

Under Armour Heat Gear Crew socks [better than cycling specific socks and 1/5 of the price]

Race Face Charge Sub Zero kneewarmers/pads

Giro Chronicle/Source helmets

Dakine Syncline summer gloves

Howies Outback Jacket [Ancient Schoeller 3XDry jacket that has merino on the inside] Amazing in "Cold and Dry", or under a Shell jacket in properly minging conditions

Dakine Underwood Tech Flannel [wear it day to day but have ridden it when it's chilly]

Shimano AM9 shoes [until I switched to flats, I still miss them]

The Worst Purchase - Oct. 7, 2021, 1:36 a.m.

I had the Z1 FR SL which were the QR 130mm cousin of the forks in the article. 

I rode them for 3  years or so including one summer where I spent the whole summer in the pointy bits of Europe. I got them to work acceptably well but OH MY GOD they were a pain to set up.

2 different shock pumps, a odd female to male adaptor to access the valves, I think an extra chamber that you had to remove the lockdown (not lock out, lock down) lever to access also vaguely affected the rebound damping. No Compression damping adjustment.

A less patient man would have thrown them into the sea!

They were replaced with a Rock Shox Pike U-Turn 454 which was better in every conceivable way.

Rachid Nayel's Banshee Titan - Sept. 9, 2021, 8:40 a.m.

That is lovely!  And as a fellow Banshee owner (I went with the slightly more pedal friendly Prime) I know how great they ride!

The Weight Is Over - July 29, 2021, 6:45 a.m.

Beat me to it!

210lb (6ft1, not overly fat, stronger than most MTBer, dashing good looks) me on a 35lb bike is fine.  But it's going to feel heavy AF for a someone who is 140lbs.

I also know that at my "SLX not XTR" level budget I need to favour strength over weight when making component choices, whereas someone who is lighter might not.

Where things get tricky is where you have someone who is quite slight, rides hard/clumsily but doesn't have a big budget.  So teens then...

Ride Concepts TNT 2.0 Shoe Review - July 21, 2021, 3:35 a.m.

I have the Ride Concepts Hellion Elite (the ones with the same stickier rubber).

First flat experience for me but I don't have any complaints about the grip on DMR Vaults or HT PA03A pedals.  

You have to actually lift them off the pedal to reposition on Vaults. Bit less grip on the HTs but still sufficient for me.

Two Tools and a Floor Pump from Pro* - June 29, 2021, 7:28 a.m.

The last 104BCD (and maybe the odd BCD Pre-direct mount) Shimano Crank Bolts were Torx T30, so that's probably why they have the T30.

Dunno about the T40.

Gear Shots June 22, 2021 - June 22, 2021, 4:11 a.m.

Isn't that Chromag grip the Wax not the Square Wave?  That aside, those Wolftooth bar end plugs look great for those of us who seem to lose cheap plastic push in plugs on a monthly basis.

Two Ways To Lube A Chain - June 14, 2021, 5:14 a.m.

The 2 lubes mentioned here aren't really freely available in the UK in bikeshops or online bikestuff sellers. Though google says  a couple of places sell dumonde tech, so I might give that a try at some point.  

What seems to work for me is White Lightning Epic using a slightly more generous application than the Sedulous method but with all the associated wiping.

Seems to work well enough for the UK Slop & Grime (TM).

Finish line Green, I maintain, is only good for dribbling down full length cable outers.

Banshee Titan Review - Part Two - June 11, 2021, 1:40 a.m.

Looking at the below they spec F6900 which is different to 6900 FO. I have looked at both sides of the bearing pressed into the link and I'm 99% sure they are F6900 not 6900 FO as there is no offset.

I don't think you can buy actually buy F6900 LLU bearings separately and I would be surprised if that is what is in the kit Banshee sell. LLU is the type of sealing.

I have ordered some F6900-2RS Enduro bearings (2RS = 2 Rubber Seal) which seem to be the best, and aside from cheap generic bearings, the only option. 

Banshee Titan Review - Part Two - June 10, 2021, 8:05 a.m.

Yeah, I have routed as per over the top of the BB, seems fine.

Danger of having it under the BB is rock strikes.

Banshee Titan Review - Part Two - June 10, 2021, 8:03 a.m.

The prime had some clear protection tape on the link.

I put some All Mountain Style Frame protection stuff on there as well just to be safe.

Banshee Titan Review - Part Two - June 9, 2021, 1:49 p.m.

Just checked the Trunnion bearings. The seem to be plain black with no markings which suggests they might be ABEC3 Enduro. Hard to tell though.

However they are still as smooth as silk. 

One thing I have noted is that the trunnion bearings needed (F6900?) seem to be pretty rare (at least online) on this side of the pond so I have set of those on their way after managing to find some. I couldn’t locate F6900 LLU bearings but I could get 2RS, which should be well sealed enough according my mech eng training from the distant past. The other bearing have the tell tale red seals of enduro llu bearings.

Banshee Titan Review - Part Two - June 9, 2021, 2:59 a.m.

Nice review!

As someone who has been happily riding the oft overlooked middle sibling in Banshee's range, the Prime for a couple of months this is interesting and to be honest I broadly agree based on my experience. I ummed and ahhed between all three bikes (along with a fair few other bikes from other brands) and came to the conclusion that the Prime was the right one for me and the mix of riding I do/plan to do. Based on the info I could glean from the internet the Prime is a shorter travel Titan rather then a longer travel Phantom.

My local riding (after work) is flatter, twistier but still quite rough. The riding I do quite regularly at weekends i.e. normal "UK" riding which can mean flow trails, tight steep techy singletrack, all the way to open wider but much rougher tracks, sometimes all in the same ride. I also have plans to get back to the Bike Park (Wales) and over the channel for some big alpine descents. So the Phantom was likely not enough bike and the Titan maybe a bit much?

- Noise...I found the cable rattle a bit annoying but 2 things that have helped for me are retrofitting tiny pipe lagging stuff (cut lengthways and slide onto already fitted cables/hoses and secure with a wrap of elec tape) and adding cable ties double wrapped around the cable/hose and pulled tight so you can tension the cable in the frame much like Andrews elec tape method.

-Shock, the Prime comes with a DPX2 rather than the X2, I'm pretty happy with the DPX2 but i did need to swap the middling volume reducer for a smaller one, so I got a bit more air volume. The back end felt a bit constipated wouldn't give up it's last 3rd of travel with the pressure needed to get the prescribed shock sag. The fact that both bikes ride nicely with coil shocks shows that a bigger air volume is nice match to the suspension kinematics. There will definitely be a coil shock in the future, likely Marzocchi Bomber CR to match the fork.

-Bearings, no issues after a couple of months that have gone from dry and dusty to very wet and muddy and then back to dry and dusty. I'm not a jet washer of bikes and I have fashioned a rear fender using the open source template and an old "buttfender" which was just the right size and material.

- Drop out position, I have tried both, the lower and slacker is my favourite, probably not surprising. I haven't tried the longer drop outs, don't really feel the need to.

- Mullet - Might try it, I have a wheel I can steal for a ride or 2.

- Climbing - climbing is drama free. Though I admit to reaching for the 3 position lockout lever (I flip it to Medium) for smooth gravel or tarmac climbs.

- Descending - Great fun, very playful, confidence inspiring whilst not a plow bike.

Andrew's 3.5 Best Kids' Bike Upgrades - May 11, 2021, 3:45 a.m.

The loaner Orange 5 my eldest was riding until this year, was Kashima front and rear, XTR wheels, XTR 2 Pot brakes, XT/XTR 10speed, Hope Stem, Cane Creek Angleset (-2 I think) etc.  

It was almost embarrassing. 

I was significantly nicer than any bike I have ever had, with the possible exception of my new Banshee.

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