Banshee Titan Path Smasher [In for Test]
We lately received ahold of Banshee’s new flagship long-travel 29er enduro bike, the Titan. Whereas the total evaluate gained’t be prepared for a few months, we needed to offer readers a fast overview of the bike and a style of what’s to return.
Born on Vancouver’s North Shore a few years in the past, Banshee is a model with a long-earned status for constructing completely badass, bombproof, and game-changing bikes. Again when it was all about wheelie-dropping off six-foot-high skinnies to flat, bikes just like the Banshee Scream dominated the roost, and for good purpose. They had been nicely constructed, they had been plush, and so they had the steep head angle and excessive backside bracket that these loopy sluggish pace North Shore stunts necessitated.
Wind the clock ahead a couple of years and the sport has modified significantly. The paths are quicker and a little bit smoother, with fewer wheelie drops and extra flowy options. There’s nonetheless loads of gnar, don’t get me unsuitable. Fortunately, the bikes have modified too, and Banshee’s new Titan enduro bike is right here to maintain the model updated with the most recent geometry.
The Banshee Titan is on the market as a body solely in sizes M-XL, runs on 29″ wheels and 155mm of journey within the rear, and it’s really useful to be paired with a 160mm to 180mm fork. The Titan makes use of Banshee’s newest KS2 linkage design, which is a digital pivot kind linkage with a progressive leverage curve, using a Fox Float X2 shock. Banshee is sticking to their roots and solely producing the Titan in aluminum, as they’ve at all times accomplished, and do they ever know how you can make a good looking aluminum body. It’s accessible in three finishes: matte anodized black, clear gloss lacquer, and gloss purple. All of this provides as much as be a reasonably burly bike, with a body weight of round 3.95kg for a medium.
My take a look at bike is a dimension giant and will swimsuit riders from 5’11”-6’4″. I’m six ft tall on the nostril. The geometry on the brand new Titan is fairly nicely in keeping with its rivals. That’s to say that it’s lengthy, low, and slack. Attain on the massive is 470mm with a 644mm stack and a prolonged 1265mm wheelbase. Chain stays are 452mm lengthy throughout the board. The dropouts have a flip-chip that allows riders to select from 2 settings: “impartial” and “low”. The underside bracket drop measures 17mm and 25mm, the pinnacle tube angle is 65º and 64.5º, and the efficient seat tube angle is 77.25º and 76.75º, respectively. Good and steep then.
The Titan is Banshee’s first try at a giant journey 29er enduro sled, and it has some fairly large boots to fill if it desires to go toe to toe with the competitors. At first look, every thing seems to be in the fitting place and Banshee’s revised body designs throughout the board look fashionable and aggressive. Dare I say it, however it’s been a short while coming. I’ve a comfortable spot for the model admittedly, their heritage speaks volumes to me, and I really like the best way they’ve included design components that harken again to their roots in North Shore mountain biking. I can’t wait to place their newest machine by means of its paces on the exact same mountains that impressed these first machines. Keep tuned for the total report.