Banshee Legend Downhill / Freeride Mountain Bike
The Legend is a no holds barred, downhill race winning machine. Developed over 4 years, the Legend is built for speed. With 8 inches of plush suspension travel, hydroformed 7005 alloy construction and oversized titanium pivot hardware, the Legend is destined for the podium.
After 4 year of development, born from my own personal masters in engineering thesis, the Legend is a single minded pure bread DH race machine.
The project started out way back in 2005 as a linkage dynamics and stress analysis project, it has grown massively and been refined over the years with multiple design improvements. The majority of those redesigns were as a result of rider feedback.
We started with the Legend MkI and we didn't just send this bikes out to a couple of our team riders. Oh no... we sent them to over 70 riders, who raced DH from regional to world cup level on 5 continents, over 4 riding seasons. Every test rider provided feedback and suggestions as well as ongoing performance information to help me make this bike the best it could be. This unprecedented level of testing, has been invaluable in the development of the Banshee Legend MkII.
We decided early on that when you want to start racing only one thing should be your motivation and that is to win. There was to be no compromising on cost, it was to take as much time as needed, and we would do whatever was necessary to make sure we had a one of the fastest DH race bikes ever made. The goal was not selling as many as we could... this is the wrong reasons to build a DH Race bike - the only reason to ever build a race machine is to win.
The Legend MkII comes stock with the finest large diameter deep-grove bearings, and full titanium pivot hardware to give maximum performance for minimal weight. The fully forged shock basement has been designed to offer strong yet light foundation for the frame, centralizing the weight balance around the BB. The suspension has been designed to work optimally for aggressive DH racing, and remains fully active under hard braking and pedaling.
The Legend has possibly the lowest center of gravity of any DH race bike, which makes the bike more stable, especially while railing round corners. This combined with the structural stiffness of the frame through use of internally ribbed rear triangle, fully forged sections, and hydro-formed tubing, makes the Legend a very accurate weapon on the DH course. The Low BB, and slack head angle, combined with the initially rearward axle path give the Legend MkII superior stability at speed, as well as great square edge bump absorption. It is a true point and shoot machine that will give you maximum traction and control over even the roughest lines, so that you can brake later and go round the next corner faster, getting to the bottom of the course quicker.
I feel that I have put everything I had to give into the Legend MkII and after 5 years to get to this point its now time to see what racers the world over think of what I've labored to achieve.
|Frame||Banshee Legend 203mm|
|Fork||Fox 40 RC2 FIT 203mm|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40|
|Rear Shock||Fox RC4 Coil|
|Rims||Stans Flow EX|
|Hubs||Shimano XT Disc|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Competition|
|Tires||Kenda Nevegal 2.35 UST|
|Crankset||Shimano SLX 10 Speed|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano SLX 10 Speed|
|Chain||Shimano SLX 10 Speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano SLX 10 Speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano SLX 10 Speed|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano SLX 10 Speed|
|Shifters||Shimano SLX 10 Speed|
|Tape/Grips||ODI Ruffian Lock On w/ Bonus Pack|
|Brake Levers||Shimano SLX Hydraulic Disc|
|Brakes||Shimano SLX Hydraulic Disc|
|Saddle||WTB Rocket V|
|Seat Post||Easton EA70|