Picked up my Banshee Phantom frame from Pedals Cycles in Edinburgh yesterday. Not sure how they managed to get me one so soon before they should be here but whatever they did I'm hugely grateful. Much to recommend them as a shop, very helpful and have bent over backwards to accommodate my (slightly Diva-like in hindsight) wishes.
Built up last night, first ride today and what a bike (admittedly compared to my 10 year old heckler, but still)! Rode very like the Spitfire I demoed but without the irritating floppy steering and it pedalled up hill better. For a short travel bike I was amazed at how it rode (floated) down chunky stuff, felt so much more controlled than the heckler ever did.
But best of all every trail felt so much fun. You could feel everything you needed to but without having all sensation erased by the suspension. A big wheeled bouncy BMX if you will. Easy to manual, hop, wheelie, move around and generally ping of every lip or drop going but rolls like a monster truck.
Maybe a bit of new bike tinted spectacles going on but I'm loving it. A proper UK trail bike in my eyes.