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Interbike 2008 – Banshee Mountain Bikes

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Banshee Bikes was started by Pippin Osbourne, the original founder of Syncros (now owned by Ritchey).  Pippin’s a Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee, and has been in the cycling industry for over 30 years. 

Banshee had their full line of mountain bikes out, with travel lengths for just about every style of riding.  Shown above is the Pyre, their 5″ travel, Easton aluminum enduro style mountain bike.  From there, most of their bikes go up in travel for some serious mountain mayhem…check the “more” link for pics and details…

A nicely shaped square-to-round top tube and ovalized down tube keep the steering section stiff.

The Pyre is also available in a racier red/white color combo.

The Wildcard is their slopestyle, adjustable-travel bike.

You can change the travel from 5″ to 6.5″ by moving the shock’s top mount position using the two holes on the rocker arm.

The Viento is their 29er prototype.  Jay, Banshee’s demo rep, said it’ll change somewhat from what you see here, but the pics show that it’s in the works…

The chain- and seatstays are square tubes and flare out nicely at the back to accomodate the disc brake and cassette.

The Scythe is their freeride/downhill bike and also has adjustable travel.

The shock has two mounting points on both the front and rear bolts, giving it a range from 7″ to 8″ of bump destroying travel.

This shows the rear bolt placement a little better, along with the machining in the swing arm.  Rather than smooth them out, the bit grooves are left, giving it an artsy look.

The Rune is their All Mountain 6″ travel bike.

It features a 1.5″ headtube to handle big hits.

The Rampant is a 4-cross race bike with 4″ of travel.

Here you see the heavily machined frame for their Legend MK1 (Mark 1) downhill race bike. The shock mounts to a linkage that runs between the frame and swingarm (see it here) directly above and behind the bottom bracket up to the bolt you see along the downtube.  This positions the shock very low, giving the bike a low center of gravity.

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MartinS
MartinS
14 years ago

Just a BTW on the Pyre, it is 4.6″ of travel not 5″ and it isn’t running Easton tubes, they are custom drawn 7005.

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