New Bike Fever!
So my Banshee Rampant is complete.
I built it up with:
• Rock Shox Pikes
• Hope Pro II hubs laced to DT Swiss 5.2 rims, with black DT
• Chris King headset
• SRAM X0 Derailleur, SRAM Road Cassette, FSA Team Chain
• Avid Juicys My favourite is the X0 derailleur - Redwin Red.
It matches the bike perfectly, and not too over the top. Lets hope I dont smash it on any rocks.
I took it to the 4X track at Underwood today for a bit of a spin. Wow, this thing flies! It naturally wants to take off lips without me even trying to jump it. Nice.
The jumps are quite big at the track, so I didnt have much choice to test it out on, but once I am used to the bike, Im sure I will be hitting all the big jumps in no time! haha. Sunday, 27 September 2009
I am stoked to announce that I will be part of Team Banshee Australia for the coming 09-10 MTB season. With races lined up locally and nationally I will be kept busy throughout this year and next. My bikes have been stickered up with my personalised “Banshee Jayne Rutter” stickers. SWEET! I am so eager to get out on my Rampant and get training. However I will need to wait until at least September before I can go at it hard again. I am also getting myself a Banshee Viento for XC racing. This one from http://www.bansheebikes.com/viento.html
looks sick. But mine may not be as pimped out as this one is to start with! Its not the lightest XC bike on the market, but its renowned for being tough and strong. Hopefully I can build it up to be around the 10.5 kg mark.
Full details of the race calendar are located here <>
. The QLD 4X series should kick off in September, followed by the Australian Nationals Series in November. The Australian National Mountainbike Championships will be in February 2011 in Adelaide. Thursday, 10 June 2010
02 Feb 2011 Filed in: Cross Country
So I have finished building up the XC beast.
Its all pimped out with a silver, red and black colour scheme. I wanted it to be sub 10kg , but it came in at 10.4kg. The running gear is all SRAM X0 with the Avid/SRAM X0 brakes. I’ve got Fox 120mm forks and DT Swiss rims and Hope hubs. I decided against tubeless tyres because I’m unfamiliar with them and it would probably take me too long to get them sorted on the bike. And I want to ride it as soon as I can! I got a super light weight saddle which some of my friends saw and said it will ‘eat me alive’. So now I am apprehensive about how it is going to ride (especially as it’s not long ago I had a baby…).
It has been raining a lot in Brisbane lately. Creeks are flooded and people have even died from trying to cross flooded roads. This means all the MTB trails are flooded and dangerous to ride for a while. The maiden voyage of the Viento was very enjoyable! It was stiff on the rear, so any small lips or jumps it easily launched. Landings were not as rough as I expected (being a hardtail). Cornering it felt like a DH bike. I don’t have wide bars on it, but it just felt great and tracked well on the corners. Could be the length of the bike and the rake of the forks I’m not sure. It climbed surprisingly well. I’m used to riding carbon XC bikes, and I thought this may impact on its climbing ability. But when I cranked the pedals over it immediately responded and took off. Looking forward to bonding with the bike and some longer rides in the future. So far I’m happy with the way it rides.Photo Below: The madien voyage. 11th Dec 2010
Photo Below: The madien voyage. 1st Dec 2010