Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Here is a video of him winning at the latest national race In the Czech Republic.
Matej has had a really solid start to the 2010 world cup season, and is currently sitting 54th in the overall world cup standings. So if your going to be at any of the up and comming WC races, be sure to chear him on!
Please visit his facebook page, and website for more videos and information. Keep it up Matej!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Yup, 36.6lbs, and about to get lighter thanks to a Ti spring... pretty crazy!
If your in North vancouver any time, be sure to pop in and visit the guys and check out some of the amazing builds they put together.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Fakawi Banshee Team rider, Stanly Jalip JR, blew away the competition in the XIIIth Malaysian Games recently to grab the Gold medal in the men's Downhill event.
Stanly will also be racing in our upcoming Banshee Kiara Rage downhill race in Kuala Lumpur! Want a piece of this guy? Come race with us this July 25th!
In the mean time, check out this Legend MkII built up by one of our Singapore dealers..
Team Banshee Australia downhill racer Ben Power has added another podium to his race resume by winning round 4 of the 2010 Mountain States Cup and 2010 Colorado State Championship CAT1 Men 15-18 years today. Riding a borrowed bike, Ben posted an impressive winning margin of 7 seconds to take out the race at his first overseas event. Word is that Ben loved the steep and blown out track (similar to some back in Oz) but struggled with racing at 11,000ft above sea level but obviously not enough to affect the final race result!! It's back to Australia in a week or so to complete the Queensland State Series which he is currently equal leader for Junior Men Under 19 years and then onto the Australian National Series.
Hi Banshee Fans,
The first round of the King of Ballarat series (Vic, Australia) was held on Sunday June 20th. A large field of riders was greeted with wet and greasy tracks courtesy of persistent rain overnight. This made racing difficult for the riders however, by the amount of cheering up the hill, spectators loved it.
The race format differs somewhat from a normal downhill race as riders race
3 timed on two tracks and then the times are totaled to get a winner.
The tracks are short (around a minute each) but have the same features of a fully blown downhill course.
Banshee rider Dave Hetherington won with a time of 2.47.5 just .7 of a second ahead of reigning K.O.B champ James Carter. Dan Mclean was 3rd ahead of 4th placed Aden Wyber having his last race before heading overseas on national duties with the Aussie team.
This was an impressive win for Dave as he had issues in his first run which put him nearly 6 seconds down in 11th place. He won the second race by 1.9 seconds on a rain soaked track, many riders coming to grief in the slippery conditions on the second last turn (a sweeping left hander on a clay
surface) much to the delight of the large crowd.
Dave put in a blinder in the 3rd and final race having a clean run on a drying track winning by nearly 2.5 seconds. This earning him a win on the day.
Dave said after the race, "I slipped a pedal after the start, rode the top tube and veered off the track and lost a lot of time. You just can't give these guys 6 seconds head start in a sub 3 minute race! I kept focused in the second race and had a clean run and made up some time. I didn't give myself a chance of winning overall but I concentrated on having a good third run with the hope of salvaging a podium. We made the right choice with tyres and the legend was just awesome".
As I said earlier it was an impressive win given the circumstances (the head start he gave away, slippery race conditions and caliber of riders).
Overheard during the second race, down the bottom where the action was, I was standing in the crowd and Dave went through. Smooth, so smooth he looked slow; one guy turned to his mate, nodded and said "that's the Banshee Legend"
Up top where the riders were gathering for their start, one rider asked "who won the second race?" the reply "some guy on a Banshee"
Kinda says it all,
The Banshee juggernaut rolls on.
Team Banshee Australia
After a few years of seeing sick videos and pictures of the beautiful Black Rock trails, we got the chance to ride them! It was an awesome time, camping right by some of the best trails I’ve ridden, thinking about nothing but bikes. It’s an amazing place, with an epic lush forest, generous and friendly locals, and trails that’ll make you never want to leave. Did I mention how sick the trails are?
Friday, June 25, 2010
Just built up my new DH bike for the year, ready in time for coaching at camp of champions. The bike is decked out with Raceface Atlas FR components, geax tyres, straitline bling. I gotta say having a bike like this can give you some new confidence in sections that once made you think twice. Stoked to ride this a lot this summer.
Video is filmed by the main man Justing Brantley on his brand new Canon 7D. Great work guys!!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Name: John Clark
Location: Sacramento, CA
About me: My focus for racing is mountain cross and this is my first year at the professional level. I race downhill for fun and also to keep myself busy at the races, at the CAT 1 level. My goal for this year is to make it to the professional level for DH.
Riding Style: Racer, when I go Dirt Jumping I like to stay low.
Fun Fact: When I ride it looks likes I’m scared of what I’m doing; my eyes get big and I bite my lip for some reason.
Competitions Attending: MSC #3 Chile Challenge Angle Fire, NM. Pro GTR #3 Northstar, CA. National Champs Sol Vista, CO, UCI World Cup #6 Windham, NW. Fuild Ride #4 Mt. Hood, OR. Race 4 Tara Norhtstar, CA. and some local races too.
I would like to say thanks to all my sponsors for this year. Banshee Bikes, X-Fusion Shox, WTB, Hayes, Sun Ringle, Answer, MRP, Crank Brothers and The Hub Bike Shop in Roseville, CA. Also to all my riding/training buddies for keeping it fun.
Frame: Scythe Med
Rear Shock: X-Fusion H3LT
Fork: Fox 40
Headset: Cane Creek
Stem: Answer Direct Mount
Bars: Answer Pro Taper 1/2 rise
Grips: Answer Fall Line DH
Brakes: Hayes Stroker Ace
Shifter: Sram X-9
Derailleur: Sram X-9
Wheel Se:t Sun Ringle ADD Lite
Tires: WTB Dissents 2.5
Seat: WTB Aviator
Seat Post: Banshee Special
Chain Guide: MRP G2
Chain Ring: MRP 36 Tooth
Cranks MRP: Camber 170mm
Pedals: Crank Brother 5050XX
Frame: Rampant Long
Rear Shock: X-Fusion 02 PVA
Fork: X-Fusion Velour
Headset: Crank Brother Iodine
Stem: Thompson X4 50mm
Bars: Answer Pro Taper 1/2 rise
Grips: Answer Fall Line XC
Brakes: Hayes Stroker Trail
Shifter: Sram X-9
Derailleur: Sram X-9
Wheel Set: Sun Ringle Charger
Tires: WTB Prowler MX 2.3
Seat: WTB Silverado
Seat Post: Banshee Special
Chain Guide: MRP Mini G2
Chain Ring: MRP 35 Tooth
Cranks: MRP Camber 175mm
Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallets/5050XX
My name is Mitchell Ace Hayden, I am from Kamloops B.C. and I am 18 years of age. I can’t really sum up my riding style because I like to ride everything. I ride BMX a lot, I love to dirt-jump, love to ride trails, big senders are always sick too. But overall I love anything to do with a big shock bike. RENEGADE MOUNTAINBIKER.
This season I am planning to enter as many races as my high paying Mcdonalds job will allow me to. BC cup circuit, some Canadian national races, Crank-worx, and some fluidride races are on my list for sure. Graduating this year and moving to whistler will take up some time and money for sure but it should be super sick!
Shout-outs go out to Banshee Bikes of course, Raceface Components, Royal clothing, Smith optics and a big thanks to the Bicycle Café for getting my bikes running smooth!
Frame: Banshee legend MK 2
Shock: Fox DHX rc4
Fork: Rockshox Boxxer Team
Wheelset: DT swiss FR600 hoops laced to DT swiss 340 hubs with dt comp spokes
Cranks: Raceface Respond
Brakes: Avid Code CR Mags 8-inch front 7-inch rear
Drivetrain: Sram x9 shifter with sram x0 derailleur, XTR chain and SLX cassette
Guide: E.thirteen LG1+
Bar: atlas FR
Stem: Atlas DM)
Pedals: Straitline flat Pedals
Tires: Maxxis minion DHF, on both front and back
Seat: SDG TI-FLY titanium railed seat
Post: Thomson elite
Grips: Raceface snipe lock on ( BEST GRIPS EVER)
P.S Bike is so rowdy!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I wonder how many other industries receive as many sponsorship requests as the bike industry. Can you imagine emailing Crest and asking them for a tooth paste sponsorship? I have been brushing my teeth for a long time, I have some pretty good moves. Today I received this video attached with a sponsorship resume.
His resume was pretty impressive, he obviously used spell check and had his dad proof read it for him. A step up from most of the sponsorship requests I get. The only thing stopping me from hooking him up is that he is asking for too much. I hear he already has a sponsorship with Spank Industries and IXS Sport Division. And his coach looks like an over the top hockey dad … so I think I will just stay away from this one.
P.S. this was not a real sponsorship request. That is Ryder on the bike and Lance doing his best to keep up with him. Lance is a buddy of mine who is the rep for Spank and IXS as well as other companies. Great to see a future ripper getting his training wheels off.
Here's a helmet cam of the course, with Graeme Pitts following Cody:
So this past weekend was BC cup #4 in mission, Arduum. I have never seen so many broken bodies in my life, I sat at the rock drop on saturday for over an hour watching the gnarliest crashes I have ever seen in my life. Broken backs, femurs and arms were some of the big ones that went down. I only ended up doing 2 practice runs on saturday but really focused and walked alot of the trail to scope out the sections and I felt really comfortable. Race day came and in my one practice run before our race runs my front tire slipped out and i ended up hopping over the bars and doing the splits in some sharp ass rocks leaving me with what looks like a boob growing off my left leg and golf balls all over my knee and shin. After that going into my race run I Just wanted to chill and have a safe run with a decent time without destroying myself since I had a dead left leg. This was not the case, in the first half of the trail, the techy part, I had some of my worst crashes ever leaving me strengthless and pissed off so instead of hammering down the trail and crashing more I just took it super easy and coasted down the rest of the trail. Ended up like 33rd out of 43 or something in Junior Men. Just glad I didnt get badly injured and glad all my homies are good to go too. Bear Mtn is next and I plan to do very well there!
Monday, June 21, 2010
So, here are some graphs showing the Suspension Sag vs. Shock Compression for each of our full sus rigs.
A lot of people think 30% sock compression = 30% sag, but that is not normally the case, it all changes due to leverage ratio curves. Hopefully these graphs I made up will help you tune your bike in more accurately.
He placed 14th fastest during practice and was feeling good, but unfortunately he crashed in qualifying and missed the final... he was gutted because he was feeling fast. But this happens when racing, just got to forget about it and focus on the next race.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Darren Boman - Barspin Imports (Banshee Bikes Importer/Agent - Australasia) has finally fallen to temptation and treated himself to a Legend MKII (white-medium) in preparation for a return to the racing circuit. Darren took the Legend to renowned Queensland downhill track, Illinbah to check its performance and get himself back into the swing of racing before heading off to Malaysia in July to compete in the Banshee Kiara Rage. As can be seen from the photo above it did not take Darren long to start feeling at home on the Legend and had it humming down what is considered one of, if not the best downhill tracks in Australia!! Comment from Darren after a days riding and testing - Sweet as!!!
I was just sifting through Garett Buehler’s footage when I decided to take a break and check out pinkbike.com, and guess what I saw. VOD for Lone Wolf Production…not bad for our first section. Stay tuned for more to come very soon.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Adam Brayton shows us his lines in that unique way that only he can do... check it out!
Tom...we all hope you get better soon mate!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Phil S, has bought many different frames / bikes from Freeborn here in the UK
He finally settled (for now!) on a Mythic Scythe Freeride frame, after purchasing a "DH bike" from us, and finding it 'overkill' for the UK
He owned a Wildcard in the past, and we recommended the Scythe as a "slacker / squishier WC"
Already, the cool kids on Pinkbike are saying it looks like a "Batman build!"
Have fun with your Scythe Phil...
mythic bikes, england, UK
Monday, June 14, 2010
At Banshee Bikes we are pro all things that are cool. Aaron LaRocque is pretty cool. Here is his 2010 Demo Reel. Watch it, rewind it, share it with friends and most of all enjoy it.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Do you own a Banshee? Do you want free stuff?
Alright now that you are listening here is what you have to do.
Step One. Click here … Register your bike for warranty.
Step Two. Wash your bike, get your video camera, do a video bike check. Post it on Pinkbike. If you do not have a video camera some pictures and a spec list will do, post it in your Pinkbike blog. If you do not have a Pinkbike account get one, it is easy and every biker should have one.IT GETS BETTER, FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE ...
I saw this Wildcard yesterday on facetime (aka facebook) and had to get a spec list for it.
I contacted the owner on facetime and asked him to send me a spec list, he is not a native English speaker and I am not much for editing, I am sure you will get the idea:
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Today was a bit of a big day. The site has gone live and in the same day has been featured on the pinkbike.com's main page:
Lots of props to Banshee of course for being a site sponsor. We are also available on the Lone Wolf Productions blog, our facebook page and twitter now so follow as there as well:
Hope you all have a second to check it out.
Banshee’s good friend Strahan Loken has just returned from riding in Peru. While in Peru he emailed me a couple of times to make me jealous of the sweet single track. He sent me an email with this video attached to rub it in some more. Strahan has a little one on the way so this might be the last time we ever see him on a bike.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I took an extended lunch on Tuesday to go ride my bike. After spending the first five or six hours of my day answering emails I decided it was time to get out of the house and onto my bike.
James has been practicing this move for weeks. It is his finishing move when the side mount does not work.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I'll make sure Tom tightens up the Go Pro harness a bit for next time, as it does move around a bit... but just goes to show just how rough the course at Fort Bill is.
I was there at the weekend cheering our guys on, as well as other friends who were racing. It was agreat event and we got some solid results. As the courses get steeper and nastier from now on, our guys will hit their natural element and are aiming to prove themselves as a force to be reconed with.
We are running a cool contest with these bike checks, so stay tuned to the Banshee Blog or Pinkbike.com for details on how you can win.
Monday, June 7, 2010
A couple years ago my brother sent me a video of Mike riding in a skate park. My brother said keep an eye on this guy he is going to be huge. It was great to see BMX inspired tricks on a mountain bike.
For the past two years we have been Mike Montgomery fan boys. Always trying to find footage, pictures or results from the competitions he had competed in.
When Jay told me that Mike would be riding for Banshee this year I was pretty excited to see what he would be able to do on a Rampant and Amp. He has not disappointed, with two best trick awards in as many competitions Mike has had a great start with Banshee.FOR MORE CLICK HERE ... or visit Pinkbike ...
Sunday, June 6, 2010
It is odd for James and I to have weekend riding partners. And it is odder when those riding partners are 外國人 (foreigners). This weekend Mike Dutton from Spank Industries, Clem Martin from Commencal, Aurelien “Leo” Leaux from Koxx and a couple of other friends showed up early Saturday morning for some riding.
(James will a monster table over the big left handed hip)FOR MORE CLICK HERE ...
Friday, June 4, 2010
Check out some key parts of the course and with Adam and Tom... with a few little extras thrown in for good measure!
The eternal question for any riders who like to get airbourne - Can I make that gap?
Its something I have enjoyed answering over many years of BMX and Extreme Freeriding, and with our new Pump Track at Esher, many new “questions” have arisen over the different transfers that are possible in the park!
Most of the obvious transfers have already been conquered, but I recently noticed a possible gap from the 1/4 pipe to the wallride
For more from Rob CLICK HERE ...
I was wondering around and I found these pictures that Nic Genovese took and it got me to thinking about classic combinations …
There are things that we associate together with out really thinking about it. Like peanut butter and jam, milk and cookies or Ernie and Bert … before Ernie got hit by that bus. Urban Legend or not the Sesame Street has never been the same for me. My classic combination for the 2010 riding season is not purple and white … it is Paul and Nic Genovese.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I finally got around to putting some footage together from Cob’s and my trip to Bend for Jamie’s UpsideDown and UnderGround contest. Unfortunately we didn’t get any footage of the contest, but Gunnar killed it with an awesome edit here. One of the days was super windy, so the locals showed us around. One of their spots was the slalom track, which we ended up riding until dark because it was so fun! It’s a huge run down the hill with big berms and nice sized jumps, which left everyone smiling run after run. I’ll let the video do the rest of the talking, but it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re ever near by. The end of the video is just the result of a 10 hour drive.
FOR MORE WORDS AND PICTURES CLICK HERE ...
2 engineering marvels in one photo?
you can't say we don't give you great value on this blog!
the sun is shining in London, after a very wet start to the Summer, and the city is full of bike riders....the Pump Track is drying out and its time to ride
Wednesday, June 2, 2010