Monday, July 21, 2008

An Austalian Amp.

After seeing the proto shots of the Amp it was not long before i had one on order. The plan was to build a light weight DJ play bike that i could also use for some casual 4x racing. When it arrived i thought that the factory had forgotten to include frame because the box was so light.

Before to long i had it up and running and weighing in a healthy 12.8kg (28.2lbs) this is soon to plummet to around 12kg with a few simple changes that will not compromise strength (no carbon here thank you!) The complete build weight caught me by surprise due to the fact my last 4x bike was an 07 GT lopes built with low weight in mind (12.15kg) so to be able to have a bike so close to that weight yet feel SO much stiffer was a pleasant surprise.

Another thing i was happy to find in the box was 2 geared dropouts, these things look like they would never brake but its nice have a spare also the inbuilt chain tensioners where a nice touch.

All these features plus the integrated headset make for a promising first generation hardtail. I mean geez' any low slung frame with an integrated HS that can run Fox 36's with downtube clearance is a masterpiece in my books.

I shall update you with a ride report when i have a few hours on the saddle.
Top job guys.

Tom Guiver

For those who care specs as follows;
Frame: Banshee Amp.
Fork: 08 Fox 36 Talas rc2
Brakes: Shimano xt W/ Straitline Lever
Bars: Revell Riser W/ Straitline caps
Stem: Straitline Wedge (xray)
Seat Post: Specialized twin
Saddle: Odyssey
Wheels: Alex "P" on Specialized sealed hubs
Tyres: Maxxis Larsen TT
Cranks: Profile 170 w/ flush kit
Chain: Kool chain lite.
Pedals: Straitline flats

BIG shout out to Ken and Llew at XXIV.


Colin Boutilier said...

holy shit. That thing is beatuiful. I cannot wait until they are realeased. you can expect a pre-order from me!

Keith Scott said...

Colin, this is a production frame that was built by a customer. they are avaliable now!

Sick Lines said...

Nice work. Ken wishes he could build something that sweet :D

Sneeck said...

Holy crap that's porn!

Nice work on the buildup, looks very clean and especially fast.

Marcel Balog said...

That´s a sick ride...

What about the AMP logo guys? you did not post it here! said...

Just wait Jason, my little princess.

At the end of next week...the Banshee to end all Banshee's will be complete, everything is falling into place :).

Colin Boutilier said...

shitt. you can expect an order from me in about a month. I just need to pick up a fork and front wheel first. Whats the retail price on them?

Keith Scott said...

retail is around US$500 or equivalent for the frame.

9er said...

pretty niiiiice ride you got there. The urban scene really brings out the frames color.

Colin Boutilier said...

yeah Cyclesmith said it would be 550 CAD + tax

Guiver said...

thanks for the comments guys, Just changed some parts around. Its sitting at 12.3kg now. Taking it okay for a jump tomorrow so i'll try and get some action shots.


xRemcox said...

Where can i get this frame in Europe (Netherlands)

Colin Boutilier said...

check banshees site for dealers/distributors

xremcox said...

I have called the local distribution, but they say it will be there on the end of the year... I can't wait that long :)

Keith Scott said...

If you cannot get one from your local distributor due to them not ordering them in, then try contacting us directly. Maybe we can make something happen.

xRemcox said...

Great, but i unfortunatly i have to wait. My Chaparral frame broke down. I will contact you soon about the AMP :)

Bansheefrench said...

can wait to get mine
4X build up in mind broap

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