Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ryan's Viento review

Banshee Viento (M)

Industry Nine AM Wheels
Truvativ Stylo 3.3 Cranks
Fox Float RLC (09)
Syncros Gain Riser Bar
Syncros AM Stem
Fizik Zeak Saddle
Sram XO/X9 Derallieur/Shifters
Avid Juicy Seven Disc Brakes

So I have put some miles on my Viento and am very happy to say that it is awesome. I rode for about a week all over the east coast. Starting with some local trails in Connecticut and New Jersey to some epic climbs and decents in the Apalachian Mountains in Western Virginia. The bike stands up true to all that is advertised. First thing...stiffness. You guys say the Viento is stiff and I believed you. But, when I hit a long downhill stretch and dropped into the big ring and really put all my weight into it I was shocked. Every ounce of my near 200lb self went straight from the pedals to the ground. Not a single bit of noticeable flex in the frame. To say the least I am very impressed. The rear triangle absorbs shock just as good as you guys said it would. This bike may be the the Banshee that is built for speed but it is still strong as hell. It climbs like a dream and decends like one too. Extremely stiff on the clims yet suprisingly gentle when it decends. Being this my second Banshee frame with several other choices in between, I have to say that I will prob never get another frame from anyone else. It is awesome and I cannot wait to build my next one. Thanks alot for all your guys help and Thanks even more for building bikes you can really ride.

Ryan Charaba


Hyperion said...

Can you share more pictures of your sweet Viento?

I am planning to build a black ano Viento as well but pictures, reviews and testimonies have been pretty scarce. Thanks for sharing your experience.

tcsrider said...

yeah man i got a bunch of pics. send me an email address and ill send em your way.

Anonymous said...

Can you send me some pictures too, please.My email addres is and may i ask you, how tall are you?Because im plaining built something similar, but i dont know if is large size enough for me, because im about 190cm tall.Thanks a lot mate.Milhauz from Czech Republic

Hyperion said...

Thanks man.

livedatrail said...

Hey, I just ordered a Viento and am can't wait for it to arrive. I'm looking for a fork but not sure what amount of travel to buy. I noticed in your description that you have a Fox RLC (09) but can you let me know what travel it is and how is it working for you? Thanks!!