Banshee Bikes Phantom 29er Full Suspension

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The Phantom is Banshee’s 100mm travel 29er prototype. Designed around the KS link platform, it sports an adjustable 67/68 degree head angle, a 13 to 13.5? adjustable BB height, and a 120mm fork. Ride it up, ride it down, ride it hard.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by shackleton a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2014

Strengths:    Sharp handling and very maneuverable but with the brilliant roll over and stability of big wheels. Riding position feels very planted and "in" the bike.

Short travel means that everything feels taught and responsive but ramps up nicely to control the chunkier stuff. Short travel and big wheels make uphill much more pleasant than longer travel bikes but you don't lose anything on the downs.

Weaknesses:    Erm, maybe a bit heavy if that kind of thing really bothers you, but no more so than other bikes of it's class.

You constantly have to explain to people on trails that short travel bikes can be ridden hard if they are designed properly. Lots of people seem very stuck in the "more travel makes me better" and "105mm is XC only" lines of thought. This bike, and other like it, will show you how wrong that idea is.

Bottom Line:   
An outstanding, rough, tough, brawling trail bike. For some reason everything just feels more fun on this bike. It handles better than any 26 or 650b bike designed for trail/AM/Enduro I have ridden because the big wheels necessitate a steeper head angle and allow for sharp handling. This means that the front wheel doesn't flop around like 26/650b bikes but retains the ability to go downhill just as hard. And if you think 29er aren't nimble go and ride one of these and be prepared to have all of your preconceptions destroyed.

The 29er equivalent of a 140-160mm "enduro" bike (you know, a normal mountain bike) but with more real world usability. If you ride hard and rarely ride huge drops then I strongly recommend this bike, if you regularly do more than 4-5ft drops then you may want more travel.

Don't dismiss it because of the travel, it really isn't an XC bike at all.

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Favorite Trail:   The 401 (Colorado, USA), Annat decent (Torridon, Scotland)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1350.00

Purchased At:   Pedals Cycles Edinbu

Similar Products Used:   Banshee Spitfire
Santa Cruz Heckler
On One Codeine
Banshee Prime
Kona Process 111

Bike Setup:   6ft tall on a Large frame

MRP Stage forks 130mm
Race Face atlas 785mm bars
Hope FR 50mm stem
XT m785 brakes
Stans Flow EX on Hope ProII Evo shod with Conti 2.2 BC Trail Kings
Reverb 125mm
XT transmission (9 speed; 22/32 x 11-34)

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