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Every 30 days, we award the Top User Reviewer with a little prize. This month Jenson USA pitched in a $100 gift card! Vital MTB member mpqueiros wrote a review of the new Banshee Run V2 that we'd like to highlight. It helped earned him the Top Reviewer spot.


Banshee Rune V2 Frame - "The Good: Great rear suspension; versatile and tunable geometry; simple and clean aesthetics.

The Bad: Not the lightest of 160mm frames.

Overall Review: The 2014 Rune V2 came to replace a 2010 Specialized Enduro Comp, already a great 160mm bike. The Rune is far more efficient, resisting pedal bob without being as intrusive as other linkage designs. The suspension is also very sensitive to small bumps, ensuring great traction in technical climbs. It is very linear for the most of the travel, but ramps up nicely towards the end of the travel to resist bottom out. With 30% of sag it is rare to bottom out the rear shock.

I really like the simple and clean look, very industrial, with no visible gussets or overly hydroformed tubes, but still remaining very rigid.

Also, the stealth "black on black" color scheme is very cool..."

Read the full review here.

Big congrats to mpqueiros! Thanks for helping out the riding scene with your thoughts on this product.

Want to be in the running for next month's award? Start reviewing the parts you use in the Vital MTB Product Guide and keep an eye on the Top Reviewer leaderboard. We'll announce the next winner in early February.

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