Banshee bikes has announced 2 new models that are guaranteed to sell out before we even get this press release posted!
Banshee Bikes is still a rider owned brand, and despite being just a team of 4 people, the company remains to be one of those companies to watch. So when this press release landed in our inbox telling us about 2 all-new bikes and that they’re limited to 100 frames each we all got a little excited.
The bike that is going to get the most attention is the new Banshee Titan. A 29in wheeled, alloy enduro bike with 170mm of front wheel travel and 155mm of rear wheel movement. The Titan is a brand new model in the Banshee range and sports compatibility with 29in, 29+ and 27.5+ wheels and yes it is reverse mullet compatible.
For riders still keeping it real on 26in wheels, or for someone who want to build a 27.5in big travel Banshee, then the new Rune V3 is one to look at.
With 170mm of front wheel travel and 160mm rear, this smaller wheeled bike promises big hit performance and small wheel agility rolled into one.
We also wonder if a tiny wheeled reverse mullet bike could be created with the new Rune to?
Banshee will sell you a frame today for $2299 USD which includes a Fox Float X2 rear shock, pre-installed headset, seat collar, rear axle, and the modular dropouts to suit your preferred wheel size. If you order today then your frame should land in 2-3 weeks.
Oh, and don’t think about it for too long because just 100 of each frame will be produced!
Here’s the Banshee Titan and Rune V3 press release complete with graphs to help you decide which one to get. More info over on the Banshee website.
Banshee Titan and Rune V3 Press Release
Banshee isn’t your average bike brand. We are a team of four passionate riders who don’t like to rely on marketing bullshit and buzzwords. Instead we invest all our resources in R&D and manufacturing technology. Believing strongly that brand loyalty comes from the performance of our frames. Banshee recognizes that to evolve, we need to take a step back to reflect upon and critique our own product. These all new designs represent the culmination of nearly 20 years of experience, inspiration, and innovation.
Keith Scott, (Banshee engineer and co-owner) has spent the last three years developing our V3 platform, the foundation of which is the new ‘KS2 link’. The linkage is designed to optimize all aspects of suspension performance for each bike, while maintaining Banshee’s ‘DNA’. Using superior 7005 T6 alloy and manufacturing methods such as custom hydroformed tube sets and near net 3D forgings, we created frames that we are truly proud of. Oh, and yes… these changes also allow a full-size water bottle inside the front triangle.
We built numerous test mules and prototypes as we refined the design. Using both alloy and carbon to experiment structure, geometry and suspension characteristics. Multiple manufacturing options were ridden, while others were abused in rigorous lab simulations. At Banshee our priorities are to create incredibly balanced bikes that excel in terms of riding confidence, speed and FUN! We are very excited to share the evolution of Banshee Bikes with Banshee riders around the world!
Anyway, enough rambling. Let’s get down to the details. Banshee Bikes is proud to launch two completely new enduro bikes. The Banshee Titan, and the Banshee Rune V3.
MSRP for Framesets – $2299 USD / €2299 (includes Fox Float X2 performance shock, and pre-installed headset, seat collar, and choice of modular dropouts inc. rear axle)
Available to purchase now, with delivery in expected to start in 2-3 weeks. Contact your local dealer to secure a frame.
There are 100 of each model available, so don’t hang about if you want one.
Load isolation – The 3D forged shock cage of the KS2 design contains all the high rear suspension loads that are amplified by leverage ratios within the forged section. Effectively equalizing these loads within the cage and isolating them from rest of the frame. This results in a better front triangle with all high loads contained by the strongest section.
Low center of gravity – Mounting the shock low down in the shock cage results in an incredibly low center of gravity. Making the bike more stable when things get rough, easier to lean over into corners to carry more speed and helps initiate turns faster.
Low friction – With full complement sealed bearings throughout all linkage pivots including the trunnion mount, there is almost zero rotational friction. Resulting in incredibly supple suspension and huge amounts of traction.
Leverage ratio – By fitting longer stroke shocks then competitors with same amount of travel, our frames have a lower overall leverage ratio (under 2.5:1). We have also adjusted the progression of our bikes to work optimally with both large volume air and coil shock options. Giving our customers a wider range of choice and better performance.
Axle path – The initially rearward axle carries better speed through square edge hits. Combined with high initial antisquat this also generates more speed when pumping terrain and landing drops and jumps.
Antisquat profile – The Antisquat profile has been specifically tuned to maximize pedal efficiency in sag range. This value reduces as you go deeper into travel to minimize pedal kickback and offer a neutral feel through the roughest terrain.
Anti-rise – Has been optimized to result in maximum traction and balance under hard braking, so you can brake later and ride faster.
We have tested a whole range of geometry from the sublime to the ridiculous. It would be easiest to simply jump on the bandwagon of ‘longer + slacker + more travel’. However extreme geometry plus adding extra travel isn’t automatically better, or as fun to ride. Banshee riders deserve better. Our ride geometry delivers a very balanced weight distribution that maximizes traction and inspires confidence so you can ride faster and have more fun.