Jenson USA Exclusive: Banshee Darkside Zee Spec-A Bike
Who knew the path to the Darkside would be so fun
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.
This Jenson USA Exclusive Banshee Darkside bike will arrive on your doorstep outfitted with a hand-selected set of components from our experts. 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.
Some manufacturers measure this from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat tube. Others may take it from the center of the bottom bracket to the center of the top tube. Generally, this measurement indicates frame size. A 17 inch bike will have a 17 inch seat tube and a 56cm bike will have a 56cm seat tube.
B: Effective Top Tube
The length the top tube would measure if it ran horizontally from the top of the head tube to the seat post. Arguably the most important frame measurement for determining a proper bike fit. It tells you how stretched out or upright you will be while on the bike. This can be “adjusted” slightly with different handlebar types and stem lengths.
Stack is the vertical distance from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the headtubes vertical plane. Stack and reach when looked at together, can accurately identify how “long” a bike frame is and offer a clearer picture of how two important contact points, pedals and handlebars, relate to each other.
Is measured from the center of the head tube to the center of the bottom bracket on a horizontal plane. Stack and reach when looked at together, can accurately identify how “long” a bike frame is and offer a clearer picture of how two important contact points, pedals and handlebars, relate to each other.
E: BB Height
Bottom Bracket Height - Distance from the ground to the center of the bottom bracket. Bikes ridden offroad benefit from the extra clearance offered by a taller bottom bracket height.
F: BB Drop
The measurement from a bicycle’s wheel center, to the center of the bottom bracket. A deep bottom bracket drop puts the rider's weight at a lower center of gravity and a feeling of being “in” the bike, rather than on top of it, as some tall bottom brackets can provide.
G: Head Tube Length
The length of the head tube from bottom to top. Shorter top tubes are generally stiffer than longer ones, but longer head tubes are usually necessary for larger bike frames.
H: Head Tube Angle
Head tube angles can range from about 66 degrees to 74 degrees. Generally, a bike with a steeper head tube angle will steer more sharply while a bike with a slacker head tube angle will be more inclined to travel in a straight line.
I: Seat Tube Angle
These can range from around 70 to 75 degrees. A steeper angle moves the saddle forward of the rear wheel and bottom bracket. A shallower angle moves it back. Steep is fine for racers and aggressive riding positions but not so good for a more relaxed style. Saddle position and seatposts can be used to “adjust” this dimension.
J: Standover Height
Distance from the ground to the top of the top tube.
K: Chainstay Length
Distance from the center of the bottom bracket to the center of the rear axle. Longer chainstays contribute to a more comfortable ride and increased climbing traction. Shorter chainstay improve cornering ability and power transfer.
Wheelbase is the distance between the front and rear wheel axles. Shorter wheelbases can make the bike feel more lively while a longer wheel base improves stability and comfort.
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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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