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The SQLab 60X Saddle, Steep Seat Tube Angles, & The Banshee Titan - April 25, 2021, 2:13 a.m.

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Just because I've never owned a luggage or kiddie hauler bike, or "fixie" or "townie" or whatever you call it; doesn't invalidate my perspective on mountain bike geometry. I think it comes down to preference, period. Your "I'm a cyclist" thing comes off poorly IMO.

It's too bad you didn't just write a series of opinion pieces about riders who don't get on with modern mountain bike geometry instead of trying to hide your retro geo thesis in a specific bike/product review. Banshee isn't wrong for building a bike right in the bell curve of what the majority of their target market is looking for. Your not wrong for not liking it. But what's the deal with picking on the little guy for doing what most people want and what most other companies are doing?

I guarantee there are riders out there who think Banshee isn't progressive enough. Which is fine because there are bikes out there with geometry for them, just like there are bikes out there with geometry for you. :)

The SQLab 60X Saddle, Steep Seat Tube Angles, & The Banshee Titan - April 6, 2021, 6:44 p.m.

Andrew, you should post what angles/overall geo you ended up with to help out others with your perspective on this. (or perhaps when you give your 2nd part of the titan review?)

On the one hand it's always interesting to get other opinions and obviously from the comments your not alone in your thoughts on steep STA's/pedal position.

BUT on the other hand if someone tested a Jamis Hardline and their review on the "SEAT" had this long intro about how they've rode Mondraker, Geometron and Pole all their life and "guess what", they just happened to think the Jamis geometry is too conservative... so they over forked, angle set, got a bespoke travel limited shock with custom hydraulic bottom out to prevent frame damage with offset bushings, concentric BB and a custom Ti linkage and NOW the geo's good.

Don't you think you might feel like maybe the wrong person was testing that bike...? :)

Banshee Titan - Part One - April 6, 2021, 4:01 p.m.

I wouldn't say it's exactly the same. But when on a steep climb a mountain biker "usually" pulls their upper body lower and gets a little more of the hip angle back.

Banshee Titan - Part One - April 6, 2021, 3:43 p.m.

Sorry for those who struggle with steeper STA's the last couple of years. BUT for all of us taller peeps who have struggled with stupidly slack STA's on L and XL FS bikes our whole adult lives it is about time everyone else have STA struggles! :)

For real though it was great that you blogged your experience. SO many people just spit venom when a STA/Geo doesn't exactly suit their needs without looking into how they could adapt...

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