UK Industry News: BTR Fabrications Ranger, Ison Take on Banshee & R53 to Distribute Pyga

January 25th, 2013

By Factory Jackson in Features

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The Ranger is hand built right here in the UK by Burf and Tam with a combination of seamless 4130 and Reynolds tubing. The top and down tubes are double butted for stiffness, strength and light weight. Tapered chain and seat stays reduce lateral flex while allowing for a forgiving ride. The ‘X’ head and chainstay gussets maximise strength and stiffness whilst adding minimal weight. The result is a stable and forgiving frame which screams downhill and climbs with ease.

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The Ranger features a 73mm bottom bracket and 135 x 12mm rear dropouts. The ZS44 head tube opens up options for running 1 1/8″, tapered or 1.5″ forks, or even an offset headset. This means that no matter what steerer your forks have, it will fit. The geometry is ideally suited to a 120mm travel fork with an axle to crown height of 500mm.

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Full-length gear cable routing helps keep the dirt out and your shifting sharp, while the optional integrated seat clamp keeps things neat and tidy, especially with a dropper seatpost.

Standard Features:
> Gravity Enduro specific geometry
> 3 sizes
> Reynolds & 4130 seamless tubing
> Double butted down and top tubes
> Tapered seatstays and chainstays
> Sealed frame; No external breather holes
> 44mm ZS44 head tube
> 30.9mm seat tube
> 73mm BB shell
> 135 x 12 rear end
> I.S. rear disc brake mount
> ISCG05 chain device mount
> Choice of colours
> Hollow aluminium rear axle


Optional Features:
> Integrated seat clamp
> 135 x 12mm Maxle rear axle
> No chain device mount
> Custom serial number
> Custom geometry
> 2 year limited warranty, and crash replacement policy

£675 (includes standard features and free shipping to UK mainland)
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To order the Ranger or to ask any questions, please email Burf and Tam at

*** Ison Distribution announces UK Distribution for Banshee Bikes ***

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Ison’s resident pinner, Pat Campbell-Jenner had this to say – “I’m really excited to be working with Banshee for 2013. It’s a brand I have always liked from back in the day, it has a great pedigree and a strong image. All of us at Ison are excited to be bringing Banshee back into the UK under its proper name. The 2013 range looks their best yet with some new amazing looking 26”, 27.5” (650b) and 29’’ trail frames that feature alongside their already strong DH, Freeride and Dirt frames”

“Banshee has great offerings that very well compliment the strong range of quality products and brands already distributed by I.D.” – Lloyd Townsend, Ison Managing Director.

New for 2013 is the Rune, a 160mm travel 26’’/650B compatible frame capable of conquering the mountain. Jon Hadfield, Banshee Bikes Sales and Marketing Manager said, “I can’t wait to get Banshee back on sale in the UK. I feel that our bikes are very suitable for UK riding, especially considering the recent popularity of Enduro DH events. We couldn’t have chosen a better partner than Ison to help us re-launch the brand. Their 20+ years of experience will no doubt prove invaluable and I am confident that our customers will be in extremely good hands”.

With three different axle spacing’s, three geometry settings and two wheel size options, the Banshee Rune is the most versatile bike that we have ever made. It has been designed for all-mountain riding and Enduro DH racing. With a 65 degree head angle in the slackest setting, the 160mm travel Rune instils supreme confidence on the descents, yet pedalling performance has not been sacrificed for downhill speed – “the Rune will get you up the climbs with energy to spare. If you’re looking for a bike that can truly do it all, then look no further than the Rune. It really is one bike to rule them all.” – Jon Hadfield, Banshee Bikes sales and marketing manager

The Rune features Banshee’s all-new KS Link suspension platform, first seen on the Prime 29er. KS Link suspension features fully sealed, oversized bearings throughout for reliability and low maintenance. The Rune has an extremely plush suspension feel due direct shock actuation which results in minimal DU bushing rotation. This gives the rider better traction thanks to the suspension’s ability to react faster to changes in the riding surface and also results in a smoother overall ride. The short one-piece forged linkages make the Rune extremely stiff and responsive to small inputs from the rider. Banshee have worked extensively with Fox to offer custom tuned shocks specifically optimized for the Rune and with Cane Creek to provide an excellent base setting for their outstanding DBair shock.

The Rune also features Banshee’s new modular dropout system which offers 3-position adjustable geometry. The dropouts utilize ‘flip chips’ to alter the head angle in half degree increments and also change the BB height in quarter inch increments. Dropouts for 26″ wheels are available in 135 QR, 12x142mm bolt-thru, and 12x150mm bolt-thru. If this isn’t enough adjustability, the Rune can also be specced with 650B compatible dropouts (in the 12x142mm size) that allow you to explore the benefits of this new wheel size. Other features include a 44/56mm tapered head tube which allows the use of a zero stack lower headset cup, even with a tapered fork steerer for reduced stack height. There are also ISCG-05 chain guide mounts, a Low Direct Mount S3 front derailleur, and cable guides for dropper posts. Chain and seat stays are internally ribbed for increased stiffness, and 7005 T6 aluminium is used throughout with custom hydroformed tubes and forgings.


Banshee Rune details:
• Rear wheel travel :160mm
• Interchangeable dropouts: 26″ w/ 135mm,
12x142mm, 12x150mm or 650B w/ 12x142mm
• 3-position adjustable geometry
• Hydroformed 7005 T6 construction
• 44-56mm tapered head tube
• KS Link Suspension: short one-piece forged
links w/ sealed bearings
• ISCG-05 chain guide tabs
• Dropper post cable routing
• Internally ribbed seat and chain stays
• FOX Float CTD custom tuned shock
• Optional Cane Creek DBair shock available
• Colours: blue, black anodized and raw
• MSRP: $1999 USD including Fox Float CTD Shock

GEOMETRY- 26″ wheels
• Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
• Head Tube Angle: Adjustable – 65º // 65.5º // 66º
• BB Height: Adjustable – 340mm/13.4″ // 347mm/13.65″ // 353mm/13.9″
• Chain stay Length: Varies with Geometry Setting – 429mm/16.9″ // 426mm/16.8″ // 422mm/16.7″
• Effective Seat Angle: Varies with Geometry Setting – 73.5º // 74º // 74.5º
• Seat tube Length: 395mm/15.5″ // 430mm/16.9″ // 470mm/18.5″ // 508mm/20″
• Toptube Length: 562mm/22.1″ // 584mm/23″ // 610mm/24″ // 635mm/25″
• Wheelbase: 1129mm/44.5″ // 1154mm/45.4″ // 1180mm/46.5″ // 1206mm/47.5″

GEOMETRY- 650B wheels
• Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
• Head Tube Angle: Adjustable – 65º // 65.5º // 66º
• BB Height: Adjustable – 350mm/13.8″ // 357mm/14.05″ // 363mm/14.3″
• Chain stay Length: Varies with Geometry Setting – 439mm/17.3″ // 436mm/17.2″ // 432mm/17.1″
• Effective Seat Angle: Varies with Geometry Setting – 73.5º // 74º // 74.5º
• Seat tube Length: 395mm/15.5″ // 430mm/16.9″ // 470mm/18.5″ // 508mm/20″
• Toptube Length: 562mm/22.1″ // 584mm/23″ // 610mm/24″ // 635mm/25″
• Wheelbase: 1139mm/44.9″ // 1164mm/45.9″ // 1190mm/46.9″ // 1216mm/47.9″

*** R53 Sport Distributing Pyga Industries Bikesnin the UK ***

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All Pyga models include the latest technologies to enhance the riding experience further, they are fast on the racetrack and yet super fun on the trails. Patrick Morewood, founder at Pyga Industries is looking forward to the new partnership – 110-geometry

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