Lifetime [original owner
Whats new for 2012
The Paradox was a personal pet project and I wanted to take the best the Scirocco had and get it into a 29r package as I knew the bigger wheel would make the Scirocco even better.
Not giving a shout out to Ryan Carrol for his insights into this design would be amiss as well.
The neat thing about the Paradox is at first glance you think... meh another 29r hardtail.
Its seriously special tho and blends everything I ever wanted in a hardtail. Its light, strong, and stiff but has a softness in the vertical department... partly the wheels and partly the shock block, its an aluminum frame that won't punish your ass after the 4th hour in the saddle.
How about ISCG mounts... If you ever get a chance to try the Hammerschmidt it feels pretty awesome on the Paradox and comes with the cable guides and fit to easily bolt one on.
We designed the bike around a 120mm fork for an all mountain application because i like to catch the odd bit of air and jibbing down the trail is always way more fun then just taking the easy line down. I like to have fun when i'm riding so this 29r had to be born to play with the trail. First time i rode it i knew we nailed it... so easy to get the front up to bunny hop over logs, quick and nimble through the tight switchbacks and add the larger tire patch and I was amazed how well it gripped in the corners when it got greasy [nod to the 2.3 WTB Stouts].
Very confident in the air as well, much like my trusty Scirocco from past seasons.I really wish I could convey how much this bike has rekindled the feelings when i first discovered mountain biking. Its just such a cool breath of fresh air and email after email from Paradox riders confirms its not just me that feels this way.
all this talk!!!... time to go for a ride
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New and updated for 2012, the Paradox is not your typical 29er hardtail. Unlike most of its competitors, the Paradox has Banshee's trademark slack and low geometry. Combined with super short chainstays and stiff and responsive tubing, the Paradox rides like no other 29er hardtail.