The Good: A very versatile trail hitting machine. Stiff, playful and can handle most anything that comes your way on trail. Very effiicient climber/pedaller that I often use for XC duties, even though it is more at home on rugged AM/FR kind of terrain
The Bad: Exposed bearing races at pivots making them more susceptible to increased wear especially if riding in wetter/damper environements. Most of my bearings were seized after first season with minimal wet riding. Managed to crack rear end after 8-9 months of hard trail use.
Great bike that is extremely verstaile. I currently use it as my "one bike" that frequents run of the mill XC/trail riding regularly with big elevation changes to more AM/FR stuff with lots of jumps, gaps, burms. This bike can pretty much do it all. A few qualms with bearing/pivot design due to more exposure to elements and did manage to break frame the first year, but overall very well pleased with this bike and has served me quite well over the past year. I definitely feel I got my money's worth out of this frame and Banshee is an awesome company that will to go to great lengths to take care of the end user. Nothing but praises for this AM bike that is head and shoulders better than earlier versions.