Friday, May 30, 2008

DH Racing on a Rune!

Dean was the first customer in North america to by a Rune in late 2007, I uploaded some helmet cam footage of him before fro the woodlot. He is a dedicated trail builder and rider, and he sent me an e-mail about a race he did recently.

' On May 18th I decided it was time to put my body and my bike to the test to see what level I was riding at and just how fast I could go DOWNHILL on my Banshee Rune.

I entered the first BC Cup DH race of the 2008 season. Race the Ranch DH in Kamloops B.C......a freeride and DH hotspot in beautiful British Columbia. The only changes I made to my bike for the race was the addition of an e.13 chain guide; my bike weighed in at 32.4lbs. Besides that it was my normal everyday set-up. The course was a 1.5 km off camber steep dusty course that had a bunch of tight turns, gaps, rock gardens and a couple spots where a good pedaling bike will excel. The Rune turned out to be the perfect bike for the course.

At the start gate during a training I looked around at all the tricked out full DH bikes but I knew that the Rune was more than capable of handling a DH race. On a practice run I started my watch to gauge my time and at the bottom I compared my time with other racers and in hearing their times, I knew I was going to be competitive in my class.

The rear end of the bike tracks so well and is so stiff laterally that the off camber sections that were giving people heaps of trouble were a breeze for me. Tight turns were also a non issue and the pedaling sections were a spot were I knew I was making up good time. The bike handles the rough and gnarly sections without a peep and the 1.5" head tube kept the front end stiff and true.

On race day, I rode conservative on the top and let it all hang out in the really fast swoopy sections. I didn't make any huge mistakes and gave it my all in the pedaling sections. In the end, I came in 3rd place in my class (1.2 seconds behind second place and the winner of our class had the fastest overall time!!). Needless to say I was pleased, not only with myself, but with the bike as well. I could not ask for more out of the bike and racing it competitively certainly shows that it is a far more capable bike than what most people expect from a bike in the AM category. '

If you want to see more from Dean check out his blog.


Jay MacNeil said...

Totally Wicked DEAN!!!!
congrats man you did the Pride proud.
I'm sure a ton goes to the rider tho so good on yah for that.

Sneeck said...

Give that man a beer!!

That really is awesome, you're gonna enter more dh race's with the Rune? Congrats and shred on!

guillaume said...

yeah thumb up

Dean said...

MMMmm Beer!!

I hope to be able to do at least one or two more DH races on the Rune this year and I'm entered in a XC suffer fest (67km Test of Metal) in a couple weeks where I'll be on my Rune as well.

It's such a fun bike and capable of doing so much more than one might expect from a singe bike.

I'll keep you guys posted.

rob c said...

good work dude!

the Rune is a sick rig, and one that keeps catching my eye every time i am in the shop....

guillaume said...

hey dean
I hope I will share a ride this summer at woodlot
last time I went there that was the bad day

fakawi said...

way to go dean!

Marcel Balog said...

So sick man... congratulations!

I had the pleasure of racing a light DH on a Pyre and the bike really surprised me, the VF4B is a really great suspension platform for a versatile bike.

Cheers guys

Psycho Mike said...

Great job, Dean!

If you don't mind my asking, what do you weigh? I'm trying to finalize my decision and if an "enduro / AM" bike like the Rune can take DH punishment, it should put up with my clyde class butt and hte type of riding I do.

Dean said...

I am ~175 lbs with no gear on.