Banshee Prime Frame

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Banshee Prime Review

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Banshee Prime Review
The Good:

Have you ever put on a pair of new shoes, stood up and thought “oh hey, that’s really nice”? That’s what the first ride on the Prime was like for me. It just worked well from day one. From the initial setup, I’ve made few changes. The seat has been moved forward a few mm, bars rotated back a few degrees, but that’s about all. Except for the shock.

The Bad:

The stock Rock Shox Monarch shock does not handle square edged hits all that well. Replaced it with a DVO Topaz and all is well.

Overall Review:

Many moons ago, I was deep into the analysis paralysis zone of choosing a new bike to replace my Ibis Mojo HD. Eventually, I settled on the Banshee Prime after riding Banshee'sSpitfire a few times last summer. I had thrown a leg over a few plus bikes as well, and wanted a certain amount of future-proofing, which the Prime delivered - 27+, 29 and 29+ wheel setups were all doable with various dropout options. I knew what I liked from my previous bikes and also what needed to change, so I took the plunge and ordered up a large frame...

The Banshee Prime

For 2017, Banshee updated the Prime by hydroforming various frame tubes [top and down tubes are the most obvious recipients of this treatment], adding strength and stiffness while reducing weight slightly. Further changes to the frame included the elimination of the "high" geometry position, leaving "neutral" and "low" as options that can be easily set at the dropouts. With 135mm of rear travel and a 150mm fork in front, frame geometry is 66.5 degrees for the head angle and 75 degrees for the seat angle in "low" [full frame specs here]. If you haven't been keeping up with changes to frame design, this might seem a bit odd, but it's right in line with similar bikes from other high-end companies. The slacker front end provides excellent handling on the way down, while the steeper seat angle provides great weight distribution for the flats and climbs. More on that later...

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Specifications

Product Banshee Prime Frame
Riding Type Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
M (Low, Neutral), L (Low, Neutral), XL (Low, Neutral) View Geometry
Size M (Low, Neutral) L (Low, Neutral) XL (Low, Neutral)
Top Tube Length 590mm 620mm 655mm
Head Tube Angle 66.5°, 67.0° 66.5°, 67.0° 66.5°, 67.0°
Head Tube Length 115mm 125mm 125mm
Seat Tube Angle 75.0°, 75.5° 75.0°, 75.5° 75.0°, 75.5°
Seat Tube Length 420mm 450mm 500mm
Bottom Bracket Height 335mm, 343mm 335mm, 343mm 335mm, 343mm
Chainstay Length 448mm, 445mm 448mm, 445mm 448mm, 445mm
Wheelbase 1177mm 1207mm 1243mm
Standover 725mm 743mm 770mm
Reach 421mm 449mm 484mm
Stack 628mm 637mm 637mm
* Additional Info All specifications listed are with 551mm a-c fork with zero stack headset.
Wheel Size 29", 27.5+, 29+
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details Custom hydroformed triple-butted 7005 T6 tubeset, internally ribbed stays
Rear Travel 135mm
Rear Shock Not included, air or coil compatible, 200mm x 57mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered, 1.125" top, 1.5" bottom
Bottom Bracket 73mm threaded, not included
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 148x12mm Boost or 142x12mm
Front Derailleur Size SRAM S3 low direct mount
Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
Max Tire Size Long dropouts: 29"+ x 2.8"
Compact dropouts: 29" x 2.6" or 27.5"+ x 2.8"
ISCG Tabs ISCG05
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes (single)
Colors Raw/Burgundy, Stealth Black Ano, Orange With Lime
Warranty 2 year warranty, lifetime crash replacement
Weight 7 lb 1.2 oz (3,210 g)
Miscellaneous 2017 version
KS Link suspension
Ultra-low friction linkage pivots
Internal dropper post routing
KS2 modular dropouts with DT Swiss rear axle
Price $1,899
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