Best way to sum up the Evil Offering is with a little bike maths...
Low centre of Gravity
= A PARTY BIKE
If your idea of fun is Schralping berms, hitting lips and whipping like Finn Iles then the Offering may be your ticket. The layout of the bike always has you finding and playing at your limits whenever the speed hits 11 on the dial. But this rig is equally happy slaying more xc trails as it is berm days.
The short back end defiantly helps with tight switchbacks and the low BB and the down low mass makes dropping the bike into corners effortless. But, they can get you into trouble. Rock and root strikes can happen, but I found running a little less sag helped with this without killing the awesome suspension kinematics. The bonus was also the suspension riding high on its stable pedal platform for climbs. Also pay attention to body position and keep weight over the front wheel for cornering, this thing begs you to shred you can find yourself squatting over the rear end for rear wheel traction....but, get grip on the front, let the back slide if it wants and the Offering will shoot back out the other end.
ODi offers the elite series grip in three versions, difference being the amount of padding available. My preference falls to the Pro version which offers the most impact padding without the grip feeling bulky. I put this down to it being a focused section rather than simply increasing the grips circumference to achieve the desired comfort effect.
Other notable features... being a single clamp lock-on and reinforced outer section gives you more noticeable grip to utilize. My hands never feel “claustrophobic “ with these grips.
The waffle pattern on the front provides a nice bit of extra grip without feeling awkward on your fingers and the 130mm size lets you keep the bars feeling wide by letting you move the brakes as far outward as necessary.... combined with no outer lock-on clamp it can make a bar feel 20mm’s wider.
Let’s talk the @bansheebikes Titan....
If you want one bike to do all your local and bike trip duties, this one could be it.
Run it with a 160 fork with trail tires and wheels in the high position and it will trail ride all day everywhere.
Swap the air cartridge to a 180 and it will handle enduro laps and lift laps all day long with your favourite meaty tires installed.
And don’t let that 452 rear end fool you, ultimate control and stability plus insane corner traction comes from that back end.... I am also sure that the leverage curve and high end cartridge bearings also have something to do with its traction factory capabilities.
You also don’t have to worry about those long climbs, air or coil stays stable while pedaling and grip and traction is there when you need it.
Your local bike
Your travel bike
Your park bike
Your trail bike
This #moreawesomer machine will leave you smiling no matter what you are doing.
Grip across many trail conditions is consistent and for our Southern #ontariomtb trails rides fast, bites with predictive and controllable attributes and produces a strong and consistent braking bite.
Pair it with an Ibex or similar out back and you have a fast, fun and reliable combo or front and rear for some seriously #MOREAWESOMER riding 😜
I can imagine that when Porsche designers moved the engine to the back and hit the race track they went... DDAAAAMMMMMNNNNN! That is exactly the thought that went through me head when I got on the New Prime V3.
Back in 2019… before the Covid19 upheavals Banshee released the new Titan… their long legged 29r aimed at big mountain,enduro and all around Tom-foolery for the big hoops…. and I managed to get one in the first release. I did an initial review based on a few limited rides and was properly impressed with the initial ride qualities. Fast forward nearly a full year, plenty of trail riding, a few trips to our only open gravity fed, shuttle lift access park and I have a new appreciation for this Beast!