ROAR BANSHEE PARADOX V3

teK--

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I’ve read that those dropouts have flex engineered into them, as do the hollowed out sections at the top of the seat stays, to provide vertical compliance to the rear end while still maintaining lateral stiffness... or something like that.

Awesome build @Scotty675, make sure you wear a mask when riding it too. Not to be covid safe, but because you’ll be grinning so much you’ll want to keep the bugs off your teeth!
Makes sense, it would be stiff laterally but flex up and down, like a spring. Very nice.
 

The Reverend

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Couple of small updates, new chromag stem and new 2.1 damper to install. @moorey owns the oven shot so I'll have the saw shot seeing as bike was at work today. Will be ride update soon.
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I'm interested to hear how much you notice the updated damper. It's probably the only thing that annoys me on mine, and they're stupid expensive to replace, presuming they're even in stock. Did you go RC2 or RCT3?
 

Scotty675

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I'm interested to hear how much you notice the updated damper. It's probably the only thing that annoys me on mine, and they're stupid expensive to replace, presuming they're even in stock. Did you go RC2 or RCT3?
Went rc3 cause they were in stock. Haven't fitted yet. Will update with ride report when done.
 

Isaakk

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I'm interested to hear how much you notice the updated damper. It's probably the only thing that annoys me on mine, and they're stupid expensive to replace, presuming they're even in stock. Did you go RC2 or RCT3?
Hope you don't mind if I throw my 2c in. In the last year have ridden a Revelation 35 with MC, same Revelation 35 with C2.1 RTC3, and most recently a Pike Ultimate with C2.1 RC2 (all with SKF seals). Whilst incremental, the improvement was definitely there. On flatter flowy trails there probably isn't much between them, but point down something rocky with repeated hits & the C2.1 is much more composed whereas the MC seemed to get overwhelmed and choppy. Between the RCT3 and RC2 I definitely prefer the latter, though i'm on the lighter side and the RCT3 had too much HSC out of the box. Being able to wind it back helped a good deal with getting a tune I was happy with.
 

The Reverend

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Hope you don't mind if I throw my 2c in. In the last year have ridden a Revelation 35 with MC, same Revelation 35 with C2.1 RTC3, and most recently a Pike Ultimate with C2.1 RC2 (all with SKF seals). Whilst incremental, the improvement was definitely there. On flatter flowy trails there probably isn't much between them, but point down something rocky with repeated hits & the C2.1 is much more composed whereas the MC seemed to get overwhelmed and choppy. Between the RCT3 and RC2 I definitely prefer the latter, though i'm on the lighter side and the RCT3 had too much HSC out of the box. Being able to wind it back helped a good deal with getting a tune I was happy with.
I've 3 Lyriks now, an older set with RCT3 which I really like, a new set of RC2 which I love only 2 rides in so it has yet to really open up. And then a New Select Plus and that damper leaves me wanting. It's just LSC and Rebound it doesn't seem to make any difference between full open or closed on the compression circuit. Rideable and supple, adjustable, no. Aside from with spacers / air.

Good to hear you're noticing the difference between them too. Based on my ride with the RC2 I'm tempted to spend extra for the better damper, or just change the Select Plus fork altogether.

Anyway, back to staring at the OP's Paradox!
 

komdotkom

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Time to get the paint stripper and pressure washer out. Your to can be raw. How are you liking the paradox.
I sort of lost my way a bit when building it so it's not exactly what I set out to build. I find my Optic a bit of a slug when doing long rides because it is not a fast bike on the flat/up hills so I wanted to build a fast playful hardtail. Then I ruined that by putting a heavy set of wheels/tyres on it, but having said all that I actually find myself riding the Banshee more than the Optic particularly for rides over 30km. It is also faster down hills than a hard tail has any right to be and constantly makes you jump off every trail feature 'just because'.

There are a few things I don't like about it, all of which are very minor irritations
  1. Never should have gone with the C1 air spring on the Pike Ultimate, it just doesn't have small bump feel of the 2020 one (which I have on the Optic)
  2. Paint is terribly thin, if I look at one spot on the frame too long the paint chips it's that fragile
  3. Can't get the creak out of the renthal stem
  4. Seat tube height is too tall (or I'm too short) for a 200mm dropper
Maybe I should get it vapour blasted then hard anodised.
 
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