Sunday, October 12, 2014

Banshee Viento Build: Bars, Stem, Saddle and Shoes/Wheels [Week 02]



Found my year old 9mm adapters for my FireEye F.5 front hub and checked how the Viento would look with its shoes on.

Got my trusty saddle on, as well as parts from the ShawnH3, such as the 2011 RaceFace Atlas FR bars and Titec El Norte Stem.

Rims are Vision GSG-DH with 38mm thickness that came from my earlier builds, like the 456 (2011) and the ShawnH3 (2013)... so it surely will be heavy. Hoping to replace em' with some FireEye Excellerant 28mm's or if budget allows, Some ZTR Flow Ex's in the 26in flavour!

Going to get some ti-bolts for the brake caliper mounts soon, and fit the brakes.
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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Banshee Viento Acquired! [Week 01]

A few months ago I sold my Shawn H-3 together with it's 160mm travel 2007 Marzocchi 66RV, because of financial reasons as well as a sore lower back.

And then just this last month, an old friend suddenly posted on facebook that he's disposing a few bikes. I then contacted him immediately and inquired if he still has his Banshee Viento. Yes an XC/AM Hardtail in the 26 inch rims flavour. We conversed, and discussed as he's letting go of his Viento, and I decided to purchasing it from him.

And just recently, I picked it up from his folks' address, and so here it is bundled with a same year SF10 SRSuntour Epicon RLD set at 120mm travel.


It has been unused for some years already, so it needs a little polishing as well as a bit of servicing (especially that epicon). Hopeful that I'd be able to finish building this AM Hardtail by January 2015.

The were a few scratches and cable rubs, but at least the headbadge was intact.
Was thinking of having it repainted to its original look,
but thought the battlescars added additional appeal. Maybe next time.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

an aging GoPro Hero Wide

I just found my missing old GoPro Hero Wide inside an old shoe box, and it is still in good working condition. I remember this being my first sports camera, my father bought this for me back in 2009 during his trip to the US, this came from the REI store in SF. Back then HD was yet to be introduced, to battle-out the dilemma of older cameras with limited view range, GoPro upgrade the Hero Standard and fitted it with a Wide Angle Lens.

Still in good working condition, not for sale of course.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Just Trailing Around

I was instructed this afternoon of June 22nd, by my pops to take out his bike and see if I can clear the creaking noise from his long-resting Ibis Tranny (carbon mtb hardtail). And so I brought it out to UP Diliman to do some trail riding. 

Found out that the creaking came from the rear derailleur rear hub and brake calipers, nothing a few lube drops (for the hub), re-alignment (calipers) and "on-the-trail" tune-up can't fix.

No lengthy videos though, as I've grown tired of doing that after so many years...


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ending my long hiatus.. time to do sime updating!

After 4 months, I'm finally back on the saddle... but this time on the same bike I started with back in 2009. This was my father's mtb back in the 90's... most of it's miles came from long distance touring and commuting.

When I started my blog , this was the first bike I started with after college back in 2008... I had 10,000kms+ on this steed from trail biking to nearly daily commutes (excluding dad's mileage in the 90's)

With the revival of Dia, this 1991 Diamondback AscentEx... it was also about time I revived my blog.

#steelistherealdeal #retrobike


Thursday, March 07, 2013

future build


The problem of having spare bike parts lying around your room is a big dilemma for every cyclist. Sometimes with just a pair of rapidfire shifters or some tires lying around... it suddenly turns into a bike.

And yes, my dilemma right now is what to do with this Rockshox SID Race I have wielded into a smashing club. Can't sell it, as this was Dad's gift a few years back (well more like "give" as he got a Fox F32 to replace this one).

Another dilemma I have right now is that I can't keep on using the oldschooler for my bike commuting as it is really owned by my father. The only bike I own is the Shawn H-3, which is not really meant for commuting as it is damned heavy (because it's a Freeride Bike, with DH components >_> ). So I'm thinking of getting a Hi-Tensile Steel SS Commuter frame... preferably a custom-made on by Maldea.

Oh well... aside from the frame, all that I need now are chaintugs, rims and mechanical disc brakes (probably will just get some second-hand or third-hand TEKTROs or Avid BB5s).

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Jade Coil Rearshock from DVO Suspension

When we talk about suspension forks and shocks, the first brands you first get to think of are the big four: FOX, ROCKSHOX, MANITOU and MARZOCCHI.

But a few months ago, a new company emerged from the mountainbiking scene called DVO, and introduced the Emerald Downhil Fork. It had everything you wanted in a DH Fork, it's lighter and sturdier and twin tube cartridges. Plus the fact that it comes in Emerald Green.

Then just a few days ago, DVO Suspension just released, the partner of the Emerald, the Jade Coil Rear Shock.

Here's something from //Pinkbike on the new Jade Shock:

The Emerald is about to have a partner in crime with the new Jade Coil in the works! Our engineer Tom Rogers takes us through some of the cool features that set the shock apart from the rest. Check it out! 

Hope that DVO's suspension systems arrive here in the Philippines soon.