Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Paradox



Just finished building my Banshee Paradox 29'r which is to become my cross country training bike. Huge shout of thanks to Jay, Keith and all at Banshee Bikes for setting me up this awesome machine. It has been built with the Banshee supplied Journeyman build kit except for a few small upgrades including 777 bars cut to 750mm (just cannot bring myself to ride those short little twigs that the Lycra boys use!!), a chain device called a 'Widget' built locally here in Brisbane Australia, and Maxxis Ardent 29 x 2.25 tyres (thanks to my new sponsor Maxxis Tyres). I am really looking forward to hitting the trails on the Paradox with some of my training buddy's who all ride the lightest available carbon fibre bikes but since seeing the Paradox have all of a sudden become very interested in it!!!!

Just one note Jay, the black anodized colour is just fantastic so how about the same in the Legend MKII with high gloss black stickers that have the white outline - would be sic!!!!

6 comments:

Kurt said...

The lycra-clad gram-counting racer boys have been trying to get me to ride one of their bikes for a while now. I just can't bring myself to do it; my Paradox is just too much fun. Their bikes may be light as hell, but I don't think they feel as lively and fun.

What's the widget all about?

Ben Power said...

Hey Kurt, as I mentioned the Widget is a type of chain device. It is essentially a single chain ring enclosed between 2 alloy plates which prevents the chain from coming off. It is very light and effective but the trade off is you have to run a single ring.

LyNx said...

Hey Ben, not exactly sure what your trails are like over there in OZ, but after my 2.25" Ardent dumped me over here on some loose over hardpack I took it off and have vowed it can only ever be used as a rear tyre again. I'd suggest maybe take a look at the 2.4" for the front and some piece of mind. (was on an FS, but don't think that matters much)

Ben Power said...

Hey LyNx, thanks for the heads up on the Ardent's. I have not been on these tyres previously so will go cautiously initially. Our trails can vary quite a lot depending on the seasons - at the moment they are quite soft due to unseasonal rain but in summer they are loose over hard pack. Thanks again for the tip.

Helmetless said...

Hi, can I ask for the size of your frame? is that the L size? Regards

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