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From Drawings to Reality: Introducing the 2013 Banshee Spitfire V2 8

<b>Fresh from the factory floor, it's time to reveal the 2013 Banshee Spitfire V2.</b>

<b>New and very much improved for 2013, the Spitfire V2 is designed for getting rad on the trails. The geometry is optimized for a really aggressive ride with a slack head angle and a low BB for railing the turns.</b>

<b>The KS Link (named after Banshee’s engineer, Keith Scott) is a short link, virtual pivot suspension platform that builds upon Banshee’s previous VF4B design. Oversized and fully sealed bearings increase durability and decrease maintenance.</b>

<b><u><a href="http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/Exclusive-First-Look-The-All-New-2013-Banshee-Rune,4150/Slideshow,0/bturman,109" target="_blank">Rune V2</a></u> on the left, Spitfire V2 on the right. Both share the KS link which uses short one-piece forged linkages and a low center of gravity for better cornering and control.</b>

<b>Thanks to similar geometry numbers, it rides like the Spitfire you've come to know and love (but better).</b>

<b>The modular dropout system offers 3-position adjustable geometry. The head angle can be changed in half-degree increments from 66 to 67-degrees and also the BB height in quarter-inch increments from 13” to 13.5-inches.</b>

<b>Interchangeable dropouts not only allow you to chose between 135mm QR or 142 x 12mm bolt thru, but there is also the option of 650B (27.5-inch) dropouts.</b>

<b>Dennis Beare leans it over in 26-inch mode. The option of 650B has proven to be a fun ride as well.</b>

<b>Up to date and up to speed, the Spitfire V2 has a 44/56mm tapered head tube, ISCG05 chainguide mounts, a low direct mount front derailleur, and has cable guides for dropper posts.</b>

<b>The low direct mount front derailleur cleans the bike up nicely and makes more room for the rear wheel.</b>

<b>The KS Link axle path is still rearward to ensure good square edge hit performance and makes for a generally faster bike over rough terrain. Pedal feedback has been significantly reduced to give a more neutral pedaling experience.</b>

<b>Test sessions with Fox and Cane Creek have yielded custom tuned shocks specifically optimized for the Spitfire.</b>

<b>Rail that turn! Chain and seat stays are internally ribbed for increased stiffness and 7005 T6 aluminum is used throughout with custom hydroformed tubes and forgings.</b>

<b>Why yes, it does it come in red. Choose your flavor. They're all awesome.</b>

<b>Looking good, Banshee! For more details about the new ride, including complete geometry and specs, visit <u><a href="http://www.bansheebikes.com">www.bansheebikes.com</a></u>.</b>

A few weeks ago we brought you to Banshee's factory floor to witness the making of a new frame. Today we're excited to officially launch the Spitfire V2. Building off an already incredible platform, this bike is sure to impress. Join us as we catch up with Banshee boys Jon Hadfield and Dennis Beare to check out the new ride.

Video by Scott Secco // Photos by Lee Trumpore, Brandon Turman, and Derek Dix