Named after a local DH trail in none other than Whistler, Canada, the Darkside focuses on inducing smiles and inspiring confidence through its perfect blend of stability and flickability. The suspension linkage provides a predictable but lively feel, similar to what you might get from a well-designed single pivot design, but with all the benefits that come from using the KS Link virtual pivot system. The benefits of this linkage over a single pivot are that it offers optimized active braking, a tunable leverage curve, increased lateral stiffness, improved axle path for the direct actuation of the Cane Creek rear shock to reduce DU bushing rotation and friction. The result is a very supple suspension at the start of the travel, which ramps up to give a nice bottomless feel towards the end of travel while tracking, carrying speed well, and minimizing pedal feedback throughout.
The short chainstays on the Darkside conceive a bike that begs you to whip it, boost it or scrub it off jumps with panache. When combined with the linkage, you're able to brake later, carry speed longer, boost bigger off lips and obstacles, and land big hits with poise. Additionally, the Darkside has a longer front-center and reach, and a slacker head angle that allows the bike to remain dynamic and playful when you sit back, and quick and mean when you lean forward and punch it.
The Banshee Darkside ZEE bike will arrive on your doorstep outfitted with a hand selected set of components from our experts here at JensonUSA. It gets the reliability and functionality of the Shimano Zee 10 speed drivetrain and a set of Spank Spike EVO Race 28 wheels wrapped in Kenda Honey Badger DH Pro tires. A Rock Shox Boxxer fork with 200mm travel will devour any trail that stands in its way. Shimano SLX brakes provide powerful and reliable stopping in any condition. Race Face provides the cockpit components while a SDG Falcon saddle tops the Race Face Evolve seat post.
RockShox Boxxer RC 200mm Fork Point and shoot accuracy for the fastest of descents
Shimano Zee 10 Speed Drivetrain delivers a solid and reliable performance.
Cane Creek DB Coil shock; designed for any trail, any time
KS Link pivot system Optimized suspension kinematics for a fast, nimble, and aggressively fun rides
Banshee Darkside aluminum, 180mm of KS-Link suspension optimised for playful DH / park riding
RockShox Boxxer RC 200mm
Cane Creek Coil
Cane Creek 10 ZS44/28.6/56/30
Shimano Zee M640 10 Speed
Shimano Zee M640 10 Speed DH
Shimano Zee M645 83mm, 170mm, 36t with MRP Mini G3 guide
Shimano 105 CS-5700 10 speed, 11-28t
Shimano SLX M7000, 203mm
Spank Spike EVO Race 28 27.5"
Kenda Honey Badger DH Pro 27.5x2.4", DTC/SCT
Race Face Aeffect 10mm rise
Race Face Chester 35 Direct Mount, 50mm
Lizard Skins 494
Race Face Evolve, 30.9x400mm
36.7 lbs (Medium)
Note: Components are subject to change without notice.
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I'm 5'5" (165cm) 140lbs(64km). Would I fit better on a small or medium Darkside..I'm thinking the medium because of longer reach... Would the spring on the Cane Creek DB be different between the small and medium.. Possibly making the medium too stiff for a lightweight rider?
on May 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER:The small would be the better choice, as it will be more nimble and the spring on the shock is different, and would be much stiffer.
You can get 26 inch dropouts for the Darkside, but this specific bike would need to have the fork replaced with the 26 inch version as well. May still be worthwhile if you can find another fork for it.
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