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Banshee Bikes Wildcard Frame

Average User Rating: (Excellent)
Banshee Bikes Wildcard Frame Blue
C70_87540870_1268863875 C70_89339000_1268863872 C70_88066500_1268863876
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Featured Review

“I am in love with this bike.”

The Good: Extremely versatile, relatively light, suspension is well-tuned, very stiff, did I mention versatile?

The Bad: In the short travel mode, the suspension isn't as lively as it could be. Also in the 5'' travel mode, the frame feels more slack, (harder to manual and bunnyhop,) which is kind of backwards.

Overall Review:

Where do I start? First of all, the Wildcard has two travel modes. (127 and 165mm) This feature is esstially what makes this bike so versatile.  The frame is built around anywhere from a 5 to a 7'' travel fork.  The frame also has ISCG 05 tabs, and 1.5'' headtube, and front derailleur routing.

My personal setup includes a Fox DHX air shock, Fox Talas 36 fork, Mavic Crossmax SX wheels, and a 1x8 drivetrain. The suspension, wheels, and drivetrain that you choose will have a higher-than-average influence on the bike.  Let's start with suspension:  I believe that an air shock is the best fit for this frame,  The versatility, light weight, and pedaling platform make me wonder why anybody would would run a coil shock on this bike.  For a fork, I'd highly suggest a travel-adjust fork to match the adjustability of the rear suspension.  Being able to lower the front end for trail rides and dirt jumping, then raise it to take advantage of the downhills,  is a huge factor in the versatility of this bike.  Next, the wheels: I won't go into detail, but a set of wheels that is relatively light, but bash-worthy will make your wildcard a much more efficient climber that won't feel under-gunned on the downhills.  Finally, the drivetrain. A 2x or 1x10 is a good choice for this frame.  I simply run a 1x8 drivetrain due to the lighter weight, tearrain where I live, and the added challenge haha.  Anyways, a versatile suspension kit, wheelset, and drivetrain  are essential in achieving the purpose of the Wildcard.

Riding:

On a recent trip to Whistler, I was lucky enough to ride three disciplines in three days.  Though three different bikes would be a perfect option for the situation, I found my Wildcard more than capable in each discipline. (DH at the Bike park, DJs at the airdome and river jumps, and a prolonged trail ride at the lost lake trail network.)

Downhill:  With the fork and frame at full travel and set to plusher-than-normal, the Wildcard felt capable on every trail, but was most at home on trails like A-line, Dirt merchant, and Freight train. In the 6.5'' travel mode, the suspension was lively and responded well to consecutive hits on the more technical trails.  On the aforementioned ''flow'' trails, the bike railed corners and jumped with both stability and liveliness.  It should be noted that I never bottomed out my suspension, but am only a skinny teenager at 145lbs.  I should mention that if lots of downhill and bike park riding is in the cards, this bike wouldn't be an ideal choice.

Dirt Jumping:  The wildcard feels the most comfortable in mid-air.  Of the three aforementioned disciplines,  the Wildcard is the best at dirt jumping.  (Though that's not to discount it's strength in the other two styles of riding.)  With the suspension slightly stiffened up, the fork lowered, and the frame in short travel mode,  the bike takes to the air with grace.  The suspension is well tuned and the bike doesn't feel too slack or spread out, as it boosts off of any lip with excellence.  The bikes relatively low weight and standover make it easy to trick, (for a longish-travel full suspension bike.)  The stiff frame is appreciated in speed conservation, and when trying to pump over rollers or a set-up jump.

Trail Riding:  Coming from a hardtail,  I must say that the Wildcard climbs surprisingly well.  With the fork lowered and the steep (68 degree) head-tube angle, the front wheel rarely wanders on steep climbs.  With the shock pumped up slightly higher than average and propedal engaged, (an important feature.) The suspension system doesn't bob during seated pedaling, and only bobs slightly during out-of-the-saddle climbs. In summary, my fairly light (33lbs) setup climbs certainly well enough so that you can access even the most remote of descents.

Like I've already mentioned, the Banshee Wildcard is a versatile frame that can be complimented even further by a lightweight but tough parts kit. It does the job of three bikes more than capably and is certainly cheaper. Rider knowledge is also necessary in order to make the most out of the bike, The right shock and tire pressures really help the Wildcard excel.  All of these factors make a truly unique, do-it-all bike for the downhill and jump lover that still has to pedal.

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“Had his from 2009 to 2012”

The Good: great geo, durable, stiff and versatile

The Bad: a bit porky

Overall Review:

I had 2 builds on this frame. 1 at 41lbs and the other at 36 or under. with the adjustable travel/geo this bike could be low and slack or a bit taller with more travel. Normally i ran it in the 6.5" mode. This bike was at home at Blackrock, Post Canyon and on the flowier Whistler trails. It make jumping effortless. The bike was confidence inspiring too. I've hit some of the biggest stuff I've done on this frame. If they didn't make the Rune V2 I'd still have it. But sadly I needed to consolidate my garage and that included selling this frame. I kind of regret it now while writing this review because it was so damn fun.

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“do it all bike”

The Good: frame is very ajustable, has two travel options: 5" and 6.5". with fox talas 36 this bike can do whatever you want, you can hit dirt jumps, downhill courses, all mountain trails, flowy or gnarly freeride trails. frame is super stiff, rides berms and jumps really good.

The Bad: frame is kinda heavy, and it is too big to be superb dirt jump or slopestyle bike, but it will do the thing.

Overall Review: it is perfect frame for guys who want to shred everything. but if you going to ride only dirt jumps and slopestyle tracks, dont get it, rather choose banshee rampant.

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Specifications

Riding Type Trail, Freeride
Sizes and Geometry

S, M, L View Geometry

Size S M L
Top Tube Length 556mm 587mm 617mm
Head Tube Angle 67 67 67
Head Tube Length 120mm 120mm 120mm
Seat Tube Angle 73 73 73
Seat Tube Length 368mm 381mm 406mm
Bottom Bracket Height 343mm 343mm 343mm
Chainstay Length 426mm 426mm 426mm
Wheelbase 1104mm 1135mm 1164mm
Standover 697mm 699mm 700mm
Reach 378mm 409mm 438mm
Stack 577mm 577mm 577mm
Frame Material 7005 T6
Rear Travel 5" / 6.5" adjustable
Rear Shock 7.875x2.25"
Head Tube Diameter 1.5"
Bottom Bracket 68mm
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 135mm
Front Derailleur Size 34.9mm
Seat Post Diameter 30.9mm
Max Tire Size 2.5"
ISCG Tabs ISCG 05
Bottle Cage Mounts
Colors
Warranty
Weight

7 lb 11 oz (3.5 kg)

Miscellaneous
Price $1800.00
More Info Banshee Bikes website
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry