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.