Thursday, September 30, 2010
When I opened the link above and saw the first shot of Mike (my personal hero) I pretty much wet my pants ...
the mike montgomery facts:
1 Mike Montgomery weighs himself on the richter scale
2 Mike Montgomery once climbed Everest by accident
3 Sharks have a week dedicated to Mike Montgomery
4 Mike Montgomery built Rome in a day
5 Mike Montgomery's landlord is Carl Shlikting
6 Chuck Norris has a list of things Mike Montgomery can do.
7 Mike Montgomery eats pieces of sh*t like you for breakfast.
Keith asked me to do this ages ago, but a broken left wrist has had me a little preoccupied the last month so better late than never!
Just a quick race report aboard my 2010 Banshee Rune, which I raced in the Whistler Crankworx enduro DH.
Weighing up the bike options coming into this event wasn't to hard. Do I take the Dh bike, as the majority of the course was gnarly downhill, and loose out on the up hills or take the trail bike that could easily hammer uphill without really compromising the downhills? The Rune was the bike for the job and with the addition of some dh tubes, 2.5 minions and a very last minute home made chain guide (garden hose and cable ties!) the night before things stayed pretty much stock.
The race saw us mass start at the top of the Whistler Bike Park just behind the Chic Pea building straight into a short uphill to the top of the Gabanzo chairlift then funnelling into what ended up being the majority of the Garbanzo race track. They through in a heap of punchy uphill fire road climbs that made you want to cry then back into more gnarly downhill. Some people opted of their full DH bikes, others on shorter travel trail bikes, the Rune had the best of both worlds. This race was only 2 days after I raced in the Garbanzo Downhill, where I just missed out on the top 10 with 11th on my Banshee Legend mkII. Trust me there was a lot of times I forgot I was on my Rune coming into sections wayyyyy to hot, only to remember mid air tighten my butt cheeks and hang on. I came out of every section with a smile I was having so much fun on it. Apart from a wrong turn and having to run back up the hill, thanks to some missing course making tape and a screaming Marshall, not one bike drama to be had, everything worked out really well. I finished in 1st place in Senior Men's with a time of 23:03, 33seconds clear of 2nd place. Stoked!! Two days later with the xc tires back on, it went back to its normal duties as my daily trail bike, easy as that!
Looks like I wont be riding again till next summer thanks to the wrist, so make the most of whats left of the awesome fall conditions and ill see you all next summer!!!
Looks like Antoine has been scoping out lines and getting ready for his big day.
I just got finished reading this http://www.pinkbike.com/news/red-bull-rampage-course-preview-2010.html and was shitting my pants just reading it... how do you launch yourself off stuff like that. All these guys must have huge cahone's that constantly get caught in the spokes... really this is insane. My hope is we see an awesome event, injury free, and that the spectacle that is the Redbull Rampage continues on year after year.
The Trip from France to the USA.
Rampage : Jour 1 - Le Spot
Rampage : Jour 2 - Digging Riding
Rampage 2010 Daily News #1 : premiers pas dans le désert
credit to 26in.fr for use of the photo.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Keep Riding and Voting
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Anyway just thought i'd share.
While our Elite riders busy battling it out in Korea in today's Asian Continental Championships (DH), our team members who stayed behind were busy racing in the Penang Downhill Challenge, the 4th race in our Malaysian DH Super Series.
Our Banshee riders dominated the Expert Category podium with a 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finish.
Malaysian Downhill Super Series #4
Penang DH Challenge 2010- "the King of Erskine"
26th September, Mt Erskine, Penang, Malaysia
Friday, September 24, 2010
Some parts are old, but most are new and shiny!
Frame: Banshee Spitfire (Large)
Forks: X-fusion Vengeance HLR (160mm of plush goodness)
Stem: Thomson 70mm
Bars: Raceface next 3/4" rider
Grips: ODI lockon
Brakes: Avid Elixir R
Wheels: Hope Pro 2 (bolt up rear option)/ Stans Flow rims
Tires: Specilized Eskar Control
Seatpost: Raceface Evolve
Saddle: WTB Devo
Pedals: Superstar Components Magnesium
Drivetrain: 2011 XO cranks and rear derailleur PG1091 chain, and 1070 cassette.
Chainguide and chainring: e*13 SRS+ and 33tooth chainring to set me up nicely in 1x10
Total build weight: 28.96lbs (13.14kg)
This bike is now ready to be used and abused! I can't wait.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The MTB trails are being constructed by Two Wheel Promotions (Bill Van Haren) and World Trails (Glenn Jacobs) with technical input from Nathan Rennie. The purpose of the ride by Nathan and Ben was to produce a video to be used in the marketing program of the great facility which is due to open to the public in early 2011.
The trail featured in this video is the first completed which is a blue grade downhill track. The video was captured by a local film company and it is understood that there were journalists/photographers from several MTB magazines present taking photos and doing interviews with the constructors. Ben was riding his Banshee Rune' (older model which he tells me needs replacing!!) and Nathan was on his Santa Cruz Nomad.
Anyway, enjoy the video - it has been well edited.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
If you have seen a web edit or pictures of guys jumping in Kelowna there is a good chance that Dustin had a hand in building the jump.
Also, don't forget to check out our site for all of our full video, and rider blogs:
Hope you all enjoy!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
It took a few months. I had a frame sitting beside me at work for too long. My Banshee Legend was dying to be built and ridden.
Well the day finally came. Parts had been accumulating for awhile but now they all found a home on my 37lb whip. Here is the finished product.
I would like to thank the following people for helping with this dream…(in no particular order)
Jay MacNeil and Rob Dunnet from Banshee
Jason Grantz from Cane Creek
Philip Booth from FSA
Lawrence Losinsky from Shimano
Greg Parish from Straitline
Mike Flaherty from Atomlab
Ian Ritz from Chromag
Mark Woker from STC/BTC at QBP
James Alberts from Jagwire
And Rockshox for trying something new with a Vivid DH air rear shock
Banshee Legend MK II frame large
Boxxer World Cup Air White 203mm
Vivid Air R2C 9.5”x3”
Atomlab Pimplite Wheels black rims, white spokes and red nipples
Sram X.0 Red right shifter
Sram X.0 Red rear der short cage
Formula The One FR brakes
Shimano Saint 170 mm Crankset
Straitline white pedals
Straitline Silent Guide
Kenda Nevegal tires front 2.7 and rear 2.5 Stick-E
Gravity Light 777 10’ Sweep grey flat bar
ODI Troy Lee Lock-Ons White with Red clamps
Chromag director stem
Cane creek XX Flush II reducing headset
Thomson Seatpost 30.9 x 287mm
WTB Silverado Saddle Lopes Edition
Jagwire shifter cable