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Added a product review for Banshee Bikes Spitfire V2 Frame 7/10/2014 6:30 AM
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Fantastic trail bike

Rating:

The Good: Descends like a bigger bike than it is, durable, excellent frame stiffness

The Bad: A bit heavier than some similar carbon options

Overall:

I've had my 2013 Spitfire for about 16 months now during which time it has been my primary bike for all sorts of riding. It is still going strong and remains my favorite bike ever. I had a V1 spitfire and experienced the known bushing issues (although that was also a really fun bike).  Banshee took care of me with a heavily discounted V2 frame which has more than addressed shortcomings with the prior frame.  It had been ridden in a wide variety of conditions from my mellow non-mountainous local trails in NC to our jump trails to the roughest stuff in the mountains of western NC. Essentially, I agree with the other reviews with a few exceptions you'll see below.  The bottom line is that if you want a bike that will get you up the hill efficiently and with enough energy to really get after it on the way down, the spitfire is a great choice.  If you're in the market for a "play bike", think about the spitfire.  I think the spitfire is somewhat unique in that it sports a little less travel than most of its direct competition (SC Nomad, Spec Enduro, Giant Reign, etc).  I personally feel like this allows the bike to ride less demanding terrain without feeling like way too much bike while its outstanding geometry and suspension design allow it to retain the ability to push hard on more demanding trails.

The longer review below mentions the rear end being overwhelmed in more "DH" type situations with the stock Fox CTD shock and I'd tend to agree here.  I will, however, add that when I upgraded to a Cane Creek Double Barrel air, there was a night and day difference and with a Pike up front, the bike really is extremely capable in essentially any terrain.  Obviously there are limits to what a 140mm travel bike will do, and it's not going to ride like a real DH bike.  But the spitfire really does punch above its weight in terms of handling terrain and speed that would cause many 140mm bikes to flounder.

I have no intentions of "upgrading" my frame until the next major Spitfire revision.  Can't wait to see what happens next.

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Liked a bike check LAVA™ (banshee spitfire v2) 5/28/2014 4:07 AM
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Added a comment about video Lily the Trail Dog is Back! This Pup Flies Down Mountains 5/20/2014 4:07 AM
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Cool that his pup has sponzers...

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Manitou Mattoc Pro Fork 5/16/2014 7:25 AM
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When you say LSC are you talking about TPC+? Would be interested in long term update as well!

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Manitou Mattoc Pro Fork 5/15/2014 3:17 AM

Wish this was a little more comprehensive. No mention of how it compares to other offerings in the market (Pike)?

Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB 2014 Cairns World Cup 4/25/2014 9:38 AM
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Bryceland 4:16.14
Rachel Atherton 5:10.34

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW: World Cup Redux 4/7/2014 12:57 PM
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All the wins are yours.

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Added a comment about video Daniel Jahn Gets His Shred On with the New BoXXer 4/5/2014 4:54 AM
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I was going to say something similar--I'm dubious of how much you can tell about suspension function from a video, but it did look like it stayed up in its travel very nicely through the little rock gardens.

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Added a comment about feature It's Official! Specialized Goes 650B with Stumpjumper EVO Models 3/29/2014 6:51 AM
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Along those lines: "newer riders, who might be intimidated by the look of the 29-inch wheel"

Seriously?

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Added a comment about product review 2014 Test Sessions: Niner ROS 9 2/27/2014 2:42 AM
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Great review. Think you have a typo for the BB drop. Niner's website says more like 50mm.

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Added a comment to Lex Steel's bike check 2/13/2014 5:14 AM
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What wheel size is that? Is the vintage "Fine Pilsner Beer" included?

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Added a comment about video Aaron Gwin's Winning GoPro Run from Fontana 1/27/2014 4:34 PM
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Crazy. Parts look sped up....

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Added a comment about press release Yeti Cycles Team Change Up - Jared Graves, Richie Rude to Focus on Enduro World Series, Cam Cole Moves to New Team 1/20/2014 2:38 PM
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Makes perfect sense to me (although I'm bummed not to see Rude continue to develop on the WC circuit). The EWS offers product exposure and development relevant to a much larger market than DH. Yeti will make a ton more selling trail bikes than DH bikes. If you can only support one race team, it's an easy call. Sure hope there aren't too many teams that follow suit tho.

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Added a comment about video Bar Drag Bounty III with Kurt Shimada 10/27/2013 3:46 PM
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Nice. Loved the wrecks at the end too.

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Added a comment about video Team Freehub Rider Britney White's WMBC 2013 Shoot The Trails Entry 10/27/2013 5:17 AM
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Great trail, great riding, great edit. Got me pumped to get out on the bike!

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Added a comment about news blog Joost "The Boost" Wichman and Caroline Buchanan Win 4X World Champs 9/21/2013 4:53 PM
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Hell of a race. Joost came from behind in each of the last 3 heats he was in. The man was on fire!

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Added a comment about feature Win a RockShox Vivid Rear Shock - Vital OTB Leogang 9/21/2013 1:19 PM
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Steve Smith 3:26.53
Rachel Atherton 3:56.45

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Added a comment about feature Win a RockShox Vivid Rear Shock - Vital OTB Hafjell 9/14/2013 5:00 AM
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Stevie Smith 3:42.37
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Added a comment about photo Prototype Maxxis DH Tire in the Syndicate Pits at Andorra 7/27/2013 9:24 AM
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Hope this comes to market. Will buy

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