On Wednesday I stopped by to chat with Jay MacNeil, operations manager / Bike Guru for Banshee mountain bikes. Jay was a wealth of information, giving me the low down on the Legend and the up and coming Legend MKii DH frame set, a frame set that I personally can’t wait to ride. The Legend is a Virtual Floating 4 Bar (VF4B) linkage which basically promises a stiff rear triangle with great pedaling performance.
The photo to the right show a running Legend Mki which gives you a quick look at the massively strong frameset as well as the attention to detail. All aspects of the build are there to keep the weight as light as possible – plus it also looks super cool up close. Another sweet feature on this bike is the ultra low center of gravity with the rear shock cradled within the lowest possible spot, just above the 83mm wide bottom bracket.
Banshee has some other great bikes like the Scythe, a freeride bike using a Turner 4 bar linkage with 7-8″ of travel in the rear and a OnePointFive head tube that is compatible with any long travel single crown fork out there. There’s also the Wildcard which is kicking it at 5-6.5″ of travel, also with a OnePointFive head tube. The flat black, tough looking RUNE sports 6″ of travel in the rear and the same VF4B as the Legend. The RUNE also features a OnePointFive head tube meaning this all-mountain bike can take just about anything you can throw at it.
The Wild Card
These are just a few of the great bikes that Banshee is offering up for the up and coming season (read trek7k’s test ride report of the Spitfire as well). For even more info, check out the Banshee website.