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yeah when I had it built up, the shop only had the 8" travis DC so I went for it, but I really wish that it had a 6 or 7 inch fork instead.
After talking with Maverick American about my confusion about their triple (more like 2.5) crown DUC fork, spec'd as All Mountain 160mm, 3.9 lbs.,etc. I thought I'd give it a go with the eventual goal of having a 34lb Chap. I'm not a big hucker, but I break bikes pretty regularly (snap rear triangles mostly), so I thought I'd try this beefy bike building as a light but hardcore AM. The DUC matches up the front and rear travel and feels better as it is breaking in. It is an unusual choice, but Maverick assured me that pro super DHers use the fork, so I could feel confident on my 4-5 (2-3 if we're honest?) footers at speed.
So far the fork is super stiff due to its inverted design, and would probably play off the DHX Air even better. It has recommendations for XC to freeride by changing air spring, rebound and oil…. Have a looky….Front disc was not yet hooked up here
The head tube is about 5 1/8th inches. But don't forget you have to account for the thickness of your headset as well. which will probably add another inch, plus any crowns on the fork, and spacers. 6.5" is pretty short, I'd steer clear of it.
It fit, believe it or not, nothing ever fits when you buy it sight unseen, but this is totally perfect. Mavericks don't want spacers or stacks, if you can help it. So I butted it right up to the top of my Chris King, as instructed. They mount very strangely, but if you pick their brains for the physics of the whole set up, you'll see that there's a reason this Turner guy is a legend in mountain bike suspension….
I took it for its maiden ride yesterday with no front der. (another story)…. The Banshee Chap started off feeling heavy and hard to up the nose off drops and rollers. But that was all in my head. It responded every time I tried something a little trickier that depended on a manual or precision steer on a run out to avoid a stump etc. The Maverick is so freaking stiff. The feel is definitely air, but the travel doesn't stop short or bottom and the rebound is very predicable, if not a little slower than I like, maybe more air is the answer.
Colors are dictated by market trend, but treatments are not, maybe you can try some sort of dark patina look, or a very rough matte that won't show scratches.
Treatments that stand up keep a bike looking fresh longer, and are better advertising than a cable rub monster.
Keep it mythic and angry.
Attitude helps, but trendy (pink?) will be so played in 2 years.
I like your colors so far
Suggestion - Black/orange/red make me think of ghosts and banshees… (halloween).
BTW: Thanks for the touch up kit. Dents and scratches will eventually win, but its nice to pretend you can keep it new longer….
OK so I got it. Awesum….
Every detail of the frame is so overbuilt!
Not like any bike I've seen so far.
The head tube is so thick, but machined out about one inch down, for weight savings, the details in the shock swingarms, very nice. The color was not what I ordered, but after snapping 3 rear triangles in 4 places on my last bike and warranty replacing the entire bike before that, after 2 months, this bike seems like the one that will hold up to my All Mountain Aggresive Clumbsiness.
You stand with a light to your back so the people in the tent see your shadow… You then unload your water bottle with a nice arcing stream, holding it down by your nether regions… Make sure the stream is visible in the shadow, but not the water bottle. The people inside will think you are tapping your kidneys on their tent and run out screaming… Just say you were washing off a scary spider…
…. Here's the funny part… Later come back and pee on their tent… They'll think you are just repeating the water bottle trick… Ha. Life is good…Oh my wife sees this and thnx I am sick… ayuh… anyway…million laughs…
Seriously though, I hope you get the cool Banshee tent back.
It should be no problem for your local shops to get a Banshee in. You can give them this contact info for Trident Sports, the North American distributor. …
I just sent that to Adrian the Tatooed Giant Bhuddist at BullyDog Bikes in CT…
He'll be in touch. Thanx.
I hope they give me a good price on the 06 since 07 is practically out….
BTW: Do the prices they quote on the site include the shock?
My 2 cents is that I'm 41 and in the big belly, bike and wallet category. Yet when I ride, I ride with 18-44 year olds. The biggest Hucks (20+ feet are done by the guys older than me). A lot of kids lose out on the enduros because they buy heavy freeride bikes and wonder why they can't pedal up and over terrain at speed. (A couple kids have 44 tooth DH rigs and ride my tail up hills while I'm huffing in Granny - not many but some).
…Point is, we ride 29s, single speeds DHs XCs All Mtns. and we ride with whoever wants to rip at the trailhead. If you can pedal and keep up, than its all good.
Save your skier-snob shit for the lift lines and keep it out of our sport. Last thing we need is more division in this world…
Unfortunately, October is a dream for the Wraith, hopefully it will be available around mid February, but it may be closer to the summer.
With the description of your riding style, I would look at an 06 Chap, that would be the better choice of what is available right now. The 06 is lighter than the 05, it has 6" or 7" positions, and a more freeride geometry than the 05.
Thnx that's the info I needed…
Now to find an end of season deal…
I tried my two main shops, no dice on the search motivation. They kept saying it was easier to get a Cove. Not what I want. No real reason. I just want to try Banshee… Anyway… Thanks for your advice. I'll take it.
sounds to me like the Wraith might be more your kinda rig… the 06 chap has the same geometry as the Scream, so is less all day epic, and more hardcore freeride. The wraith is much more an epic ride/freeride bike. And if you want to go lighter, then check out the pyre, it's amazing!
Yeah the Wraith, last year's sounded good but the parts group was wayyy underspect. (I had Manitou Black on a superfreak and hated it)…
I red the review on the Pyre, it sounds good but very close in setup to my XLT 3 (Jamis sent me an 07 frame for my troubles). Why have two of the same exact type of bike?
I have a dream…
I want to build a Heavy Duty All Mtn Wraith …DT hubs, …strong but not trendy Vuelta FR hoop…Marz 66 or AM1 150-170ish… (depends on axel spec)… XT …Saint - three rings…Juicy's…Thompson s…maybe an Easton riser bar…
1. Being an impulsive American, I want a 2007 Wraith frame now.
2. I don't want to spend more on the frame than the 06 complete might have been as frame only (under $1,500 us).
3. Am I dreaming to think I'd have one by the end of October?
Thanks for replying to me. Makes me feel like Banshee frame choice has loyal fan support. (considered also beefy bikes like the new Sinister, Norco, Santa Cluz, - all fell short some spec, price, reputation, buzz etc. in search)
I'm deciding on a new frame. It's down to a 2005 Chap (btw is the 06 much different?) from PricePoint, or the new Wriath, which sounds like it suits my riding style better. I want the frame only, cause I want a Marz front end. I don't go too big off the drops but I'm a beater. I ride steep rollers and washed out baby-head type technicals at speed. I broke 3 Jamis xlt3 chainstays, so I need something beefier to abuse.
re: Wraith decision
What's the price gonna be?
How long must I wait before I can buy it?
I might just by the 05 chap today because I am impulsive, but if I can get the Wriath, that would be very good. I also don't need much more than 150 in the front. I'm thinking the 66 single crown…
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