Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Banshee Viento Build: 2x9 to 1x? = SS [Week 08]

Since 2008 I have been riding on a 9 speed drive-train. And to keep myself up to date with the recent technology in cycling I have decided to upgrade to a 1x10 drive-train.

I still do have my ole' trusty Shimano M665 2x9 crankset with 36/22t chainrings on hand, so it won't get pricey doing this upgrade. And so I dropped by Raven Cycles, a shop owned by my friend, Ben Bartolome, a man who has inspired a lot of individuals in my area to cycling since the mid-to-late 1990's. 

So I purchased from him a 34-tooth Narrow Wide Chainring by the brand, "Van Zane".

Van Zane 34 Tooth Narrow Wide Chainring

Monday, November 10, 2014

Banshee Viento Build: Wheelset Rebuild [Week 07]

When I sold the Shawn H-3 a few quarters ago, I made sure that the wheelset and other important components didn't get sold. Reason was to make sure that I will still get to build another bike just in case the urge went back.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Weekly Cleaning and Maintenance....

Its another week, with rarely a saddle time to spend. And to vent out frustrations and stress, weekly bike cleaning and maintenance. is one of the outlets I enjoy doing.

Under our roof are 4 1/2 bikes (with the Viento half-ly built), and all of them are subject to weekly maintenance and general cleaning... from Dad's Brompton, On-One Scandal, Ibis Tranny and our oldschool retro Diamondback Ascent.

By doing this it narrow downs the faults and possible parts failure during future rides.

So far this week, I serviced the Ascent EX's front hub and repacked most of its BBs... while the Tranny's freehub is nearing its end of life, soon we'll have to get replacement freehub tooths for bettet engagement.
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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Banshee Viento Build: Installing Brake Calipers [Week 05]

Last time I didnt get a chance to install the brake calipers due to broken bolts, and mismatched caliper adapters. And so I went around to find me some Titanium Bolts and IS to Post Mount adapters.

Luckily Ti-Bolts were easy to source out nowadays compared to how it was some four to five years ago. When you had to source it out from foreign shops. With the cycling boom happening, parts where easier to find. Got some titanium M6x20mm from a local online seller, Mr. Jam Santiano who delivered the bolts immediately after I deposited my payment.

I chose to run equipped with an older generation SRSuntour Epicon as it proved to be easier to maintain and relube often. But it also proved to be a problem, as the fork's brake mounts were still IS (international standard). A lot of the modern bike forks nowadays run on post mounts. Luckily Baradine still carries IS to Post Mount Adapters... so I gave a LBS a buzz and ordered the adapters from them.

Next Phase will be finding a suitable bottom bracket for my old SLX M665 crankset to mount on, or possibly mount my old wheelset on this rig.



For those in the Philippines look for Titanium Bolts, you can contact Bike Parts PH through their mobile number: 0928-551-2347
or visit their online store at: 

For those in the Philippines and is looking for Baradine IS to Post Mount adapters, you can get them from Movill Cycle Shop. They are located along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City or drop them a call @ 0922 885 1967
or visit their online store at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Movill-CYCLE-SHOP/149675781829680?fref=ts
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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