JOSH GOES CANADIANAccording to the buzz over on the American and Canadian forums, big drop meister Josh Bender has left his previous sponsor Karpiel and will now be riding bikes produced by the Canadian company. Banshee.
Famous for his big drops on bikes with big travel (12 inch front and 14 inch rear last time I checked), Bender will now be riding a Scream with significantly less travel, and likely a pair of Marzocchi Monster Triples up front.
Having flirted briefly with Konas at the Red Bull Freeride in Australia earlier this year, he actually approached Banshee and asked for a bike. Perhaps this new partnership will cause big developments over at Banshee HQ, more travel and strength incorporated into the Scream perhaps. Bender will certainly push the bike to its very limits. For more details on the Banshee check out this month's mag for a look at the Scream.