December 4, 2016
The Banshee Rune V2 is a phenomenal bike all around. While it absolutely destroys on the descents and in the gnar, it's climbing ability is eye-opening. I've ridden every other comparable bike demoing them back to back on the same trails over the last two years and nothing has surpassed it. It is a mad deal too. You can pay more than twice as much for similar bikes that do not ride as well. Banshee were way ahead of the crowd when they dropped this rig in late '12. They have made minor tweaks in the geometry since and for '17 they've switched to lighter hydro-formed tube set.
The only complaint you will ever hear from anyone regarding Banshee's is about their weight. The 17's should erase that. That said, I demoed a comparable very popular bike against mine that was three pounds less (31.5 vs 28.5) and $5K more in price. The bikes were equal on all fronts, but surprisingly my bike out-climbed it. Bottom line...the only con would be weight if you have to have the most svelte of rigs over performance.
Five flaming pentagrams for the Rune V2! Get one and then go nuts!