Still loving mine.
I have some changes to make before it's really suitable to ride.
Different rear tyre, zee shifter + derailleur, 36 to coil Lyrik. These were the more period appropriate parts I had around.
Oh I'm totally with you, just the idea of 'raising' the rear instead of lowering the front for improved climbing.
A conversation this morning brought up the ~05 Ransom, and its freaky pull shock. The idea of a lever turning your 160mm bike into a 90mm bike for the climbs is great, never even going to contemplate buying such obvious obsolescence though.
Nice to see one being used. I rebuilt my Horst Spot during our lockdown, but haven't ridden it on dirt yet.
I love the Phantom numbers, except the HA. Great contender for the Works treatment.
Maybe it was the local difficulty of finding a Firm u-turn spring, but I swapped out mine for a fixed travel assembly as soon as possible. I found the u-turn was too soft off the top, then ran into a wall once the bigger diameter coils hit.
Have been very happy playing with the Banshee dropouts + works - 2° headset though.
Canyons Shapeshifter makes more sense to me than a lowerable fork. Better climbing geo without the extra pedal strikes of a lower front end.
"Over time, as the riding became more challenging, the straps got tighter, but I don’t recall ever having a big problem getting out."
I have a very strong memory from 1995 or so, of lying head down a bank, twisting myself in painful knots trying to reach up to the the strap release so I could free myself from my traitorous bicycle. Good Times.
So many good links here. The French tuck is hilarious, but why were you scrolling Like Totally 80s?
Mine is from prior to the removable mount, that came with the updated tubeset version of gen 2. Still not sufficient argument to get me off crank mounted.
Keith Scott (Banshee designer) commented on some emptybeer forum that the ISCG tabs on their gen 2 bikes are designed for guides, not impacts, and suggested going crank mounted bash.
So I did. I preferred the ability to clean the chainring when using a taco, but saw no other upside vs crank mount.
I'm using one up top guide I've given the dremel just as you describe to clear my 4/104 plastic bash (e13). Plenty of scuffs on both suggest they're doing something, while no chain contact under normal use means no drag.
I look forward to the review of whatever model it is.
(hoping something shortish travel / progressive geo).
Foreshadowing - banshee?
Did you try lightly sanding them first?