Sunday, December 7, 2008

Redefinition of the 29r hardtail?

They said it couldn't be done and thats why I am so stoked to introduce the Paradox - clearly the name fits.

So what did we do that was so special? Lets have a look at the numbers first before the bike pron.

offset travel fork height Head Angle BB 2.1 tire trail 2.1 BB 2.4 tire trail 2.4 drop effective seat angle actual
Reba 09 46 120 526 69.5 12 87.7 12.4 91.7 62 72 70.3

100 506 70.5 11.7 80.9 12.1 84.7 69 73 71.2
Reba 08 39 100 510 70.16 11.8 90.6 12.2 94.4 67 72.7 70.9
Frame Size effective toptube head tube Chainstay
Xlarge 22 25.3 4.3 17.0
Large 19.5 24.2 4.3 17.0
Medium 17 23.2 4.3 17.0

Paradox gearing comparison using 1x9 and hammerschmidt

Primarily we built this around a 120mm fork and now that you can get a 100-120mm adjustable travel Reba for 2010 with a solid 20mm axle, we felt it was a good time for us to add something to the market that was missing.

The numbers look great and with the super short chainstays at 17.0 and the ability to still put in a large 2.4 tire we can get that Banshee feel. This will be a fast, flickable [what a flickable 29r??!!] that you can adjust to more XC feel or the switch of the Uturn get that all mountain feel and see how far you can push your limits.

The medium frame weighs 4.7lbs, which isn't the lightest 29r hardtail out there, but what amounts to less then a lb actually gets you an incredibly strong, efficient, and laterally stiff hardtail... something Banshee has always been known for.

This should be the choice for those clydesdales that like 29r's but until now have had few choices.

Those who aren't familiar with our Sun tubes in our seat and chainstays will be pleased to know there is an internal rib through the middle which creates a super stiff backend. It also allows us to include our "shock block" seatstays. The sweep in the seatstays actually performs an important function as it takes away any harshness out of the frame but laterally it remains super stiff.

We went with vertical drops because this bike was made for the people who appreciate the benefits of a 29r but don't necessarily want to punish themselves with a single speed.

Its a fun 29r for the weekend dude... like me... and I plan to use my Paradox for everything from commuting, to my All mountian North Shore expeditions and heck I may even see how it fairs for the more freeridey stuff I do like drops and skinnies. I figure it might fair pretty good on 7th where there are a lot of root holes and should allow me to roll right through them - I can't wait!!!
BUT!!!! do not sell this bike short for speed. Its stiff and efficient and with the right build it can be very competitive if you do decide you want to do a few season racing on it.

We also added 4 cable guides under the top tube for a front derailleur, rear derailleur, rear brake AND cable actuated adjustable seatoost like the Crank bros. Joplin. This will probably be my personal setup, with the adjustable seatpost, but I haven't decided on dualring/RG with FD or go 1x9 with a chainguide - oh the variations are endless.

If you're sold on the SRAM Hammerschmidt we got you covered as well. ISCG05 with the cable guides in place will allow you to install the HS with now worries at all. We'll show you how in a few days when all the parts arrive and we build one up.

The frame will come with a 2 year warranty and for the first few runs of frames I'll be offering them at a special price, that i'm working out with our distributors and dealers. This will be limited time thing but I can't wait to get feedback from as many of you as possible so thats why i'm going to offer this. I know we nailed it on this one, I just want to know what you think.

Best thing is it still looks like a classic hardtail, the fit, function, quality, and look, are beyond what i hoped we would end up with. I haven't been this excited about a hardtail since my Giant ATX back in the early 90s.