ENDURO Long-term test 2015 | First Look: Centurion Trailbanger
We’re announcing another new addition to our long-term test team! As the clock struck once again, long-term tester Pirmin headed to Stuttgart – or more specifically, to Magstadt – to collect his latest whip. This is one of the two very first models of the new Centurion Trailbanger, the newly launched enduro bike from the Swabians!
After the 2014 model was released, Centurion temporarily put the Trailbanger on hold and now the completely revamped frame is finally back on the market this year. For our long-term test we’ve received a pre-production bike and here are our impressions.
The Centurion’s geometry definitely errs on the long and flat side of things – the head angle is lovely and slack at 65.5°, ensuring a relaxed ride and stable handling with the 610mm top tube (size M). At 178cm, Pirmin opted for a size medium (reach 441mm) for his test bike.
Targets and plans
For the current season Pirmin’s schedule is looking pretty full. While he’s got plenty of weekend trips in the pipeline, he’s targeting Tirol’s wild Schnitzeljagd in Sölden. But that isn’t his only enduro event for 2015, as he’ll line up at several stops of the European Enduro Series. And Pirmin’s biggest trip of the year will most certainly be his month-long bike trip through Austria, Italy, France and Switzerland after graduating from the technical college in Munich. The Trailbanger with its well-engineered spec and race-orientated geometry will have to prove itself at amazing locations such as the Aosta Valley and Lenzerheide.
The otherwise common tubeless conversion isn’t necessary as the bike was delivered to us in all its tubeless glory – thanks Centurion! However, the Continental TrailKing tyres are set to be swapped for some grippier ones that can handle the steep trails around Garmisch-Partenkirch, which are frequently wet and slippery. Moreover, Pirmin prefers a shorter stem and higher bars so that’s also on the agenda. We’re looking forward to a successful and (hopefully) crash-free season with the brand new Centurion Trailbanger. Keep in the loop on our interactive timeline and check out how the Centurion Trailbanger manages in the long-term test.
About the tester:
Born: 1991 | Riding history: his hole life | Height: 178 cm | Weight: 67 kg | Job: est rider and student
Words: Pirmin Fischer / Christoph Bayer | Picutres: Christoph Bayer