The Banshee Paradox is an ultra-rare alloy hardtail that has been designed to ride with the spirit of a steel bike
Banshee bikes aren’t exactly ten a penny in the UK. You might bump into a Spitfire now and then but they’re not the usual bike you’ll see at your local trail. So to think that there are only 50 of these Banshee Paradox hardtails in existence and only 1 of them is in the UK is staggering especially as the UK is home to the hardcore hardtail.
We spotted this example of a Banshee Paradox during the Fort William World Cup so stopped for a few photos and a chat about the bike.
This is actually the 3rd generation Paradox from Banshee and like the previous hardtails, this bike is aimed at trail and all-mountain riders who prefer the feel of a rigid backend combined with a 120 – 150mm travel fork up front.
There will be three frame sizes including Medium, large and X-Large. As you would expect, the angles are pretty slack, with a 65° head angle up front. The seat tube angle changes through the frame sizes, varying from 75.3° to 75.9° when measured with an 800mm BB-to-saddle height. The chainstay length is a very tight 425mm across all sizes.
Banshee decided to manufacture the Paradox from aluminum to ensure low weight, and those hydroformed tubes are all neatly welded together with buttery welds.
The rear end is attached to the front via CNC machined alloy yokes but they aren’t there to create a stiff ride, but in fact, they’ve been developed to do the exact opposite. Banshee claims that the machined alloy dropouts and yokes are ‘tuned’ to offer vertical compliance and vibration damping. The idea being that this lightweight hardtail should have similar ride characteristics as a steel bike.
Ensuring the rear of the bike only flexes vertically, the rear stays are internally ribbed. In theory, the Banshee Paradox should be a fast accelerating, efficient, yet comfortable frame to ride.
Those lucky few riders who manage to get there hands on a Banshee Paradox can choose to build their bike up as either a 29er or 27.5in plus ride, and with generous tyre clearance, you can run a 2.6in wide tyre in wagon wheel model or 2.8in in plus for even more comfort.
Framesets come with a pre-installed headset and rear axle and are priced at $849 USD, $1099 CAD, €849 or £849.
Could the alloy Banshee Paradox with the ride of a steel hardtail be the ultimate UK frameset? Let us know in the comments section below.