Banshee/Mythic Factory Team is very proud to announce the signing of Adam Brayton and Tom Deacon for 2010 World Cup DH season.
Banshee Bikes (Mythic Bikes in the UK), high end mountain bike frame producers, is proud to announce that Adam Brayton, the 20 year old ripper from the Lake District in England, and Tom Deacon, the 23 year old current British National Points Series Elite Champion from Shropshire, England, will be representing them next season on the UCI World Cup DH circuit. Both will be riding Banshee’s all new Legend MkII DH race bike.
The long awaited Legend MkII represents the culmination of 4 years of rigorous development from Banshee. In 2008 over 60 MkI prototype Legends were shipped out to racers all around the globe for testing and feedback. This frame was tested and raced at the highest level (World Cups and World Championships, as well as national level races on five continents), and put test riders on the top of the podium from the very start. The MkII version of the Legend is the result of thousands of hours of testing and refinement, and is now available to the public from your local dealer.
“2010 looks to be a great year full of amazing races and big technical tracks,” says Banshee’s Keith Scott, the design engineer in charge of the Legend program. “This is the perfect time to launch the long awaited Legend MkII. We aim to make 2010 the year of the underdog, and show everyone that our frames are world class!”
Brayton and Deacon will be racing the full UCI World Cup DH series, some British National Championships (formerly the NPS) and Scottish Downhill Series races, as well as representing Banshee/Mythic at select events around the world over the year.
Adam has massive potential to break-out in 2010 with his flat out moto riding style and ‘go bigger’ attitude. He has already seen the spotlight and the podium at many events in the past two years as well as grabbing the media’s attention with his awesome segment in Earthed 5 and 3Focus. He had an unfortunate 2009 season due to some ongoing injuries that have really held him back, but with successful surgery, that is all behind him now, and he has the chance to show the world his true potential.
Adam Brayton: “Signing for Banshee was an opportunity I couldn’t miss, these guys really mean business for next season, and I’m very impressed with the style and geometry and feel of the bike. Thanks to the awesome component sponsors, supplying some of the best parts money can buy, means that I know that my ride will be dialled from the start – I can’t wait to get out riding again! My knee rehab is coming on so fast; everyone is shocked by my progress. I’m so happy to finally put this injury behind me after two seasons. I know I have the speed and skill, so it’s time for a fresh start and to make my presence known yet again on the World Cup circuit.”
Tom had a great 2009 by comfortably winning the overall elite title for the UK National Point Series, by being consistently in top 5 throughout the whole season. Tom is smooth and flowy, and has some serious dirt jump skills to boot! You may have seen him in the ‘Foot Out Flat Out’ films. The guy also works hard building jumps… check out his local spot in this vid.
Tom Deacon: “I spoke to Keith at Banshee about their plans towards the end of last year. I had read about the years of development they had put in to make an all out race bike, the Legend MKII. The geometry is so dialled in, its low and slack making it super stable and fast. For me I couldn’t say no to a spot on the team riding with company so focused on performance. We have amazing support from some of the best companies in the business so I know from the start I am on the best bike for the job and I just can’t wait to get the season started at the first World Cup in Maribor.”
The Legend MKII frames will be kitted out with the latest Atlas FR cranks, direct-mount stem and handlebar from Canadian component maestros Race Face. Race Face are also providing the armour to keep the guys safe.
“This partnership with Banshee is a great fit for us as we further our commitment to the DH race scene,” says Race Face’s Jon Hadfield. “Here in Vancouver, BC, we’re producing what we know to be World Cup worthy products so it’s great to have the opportunity for hugely talented racers like Tom and Adam to truly put them through their paces on some of the toughest race tracks in the world.”
Cane Creek will be outfitting the Team Legend MKII frames with a custom headset and its legendary Double Barrel rear shock, which are built by hand in its Fletcher, North Carolina facility.
“We look forward to watching the guys achieve their goals knowing how the Double Barrel will give them the confidence to push his limits even further,” says Cane Creek’s Malcolm Hadley.
Crankbrothers are supplying their fantastic wheelsets, and clipless pedals for Tom. Adam is running Straitline SC platform pedals for serious grip when the going gets rough, especially combined with the revolutionary Five Ten footwear for both riders. e*thirteen chainguides are doing their jobs and keeping the chain on as well as bouncing off the odd rock and root when things get loose and nasty, with SDG providing light but strong seatpost and saddle combos. Michelin Tires are providing superior sticky rubber, and Hope brakes are there for when fast controlled braking is needed. The guys have been kitted out with O’Neal race kits, and THE carbon helmets so they look good on the mountain.
Look for regular team updates and videos on the Banshee Blog, Race Face and other sponsors’ sites soon.