Banshee Bikes Rune V.2 Frame All Mountain Full Suspension

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $1999.99

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Product Description

The Banshee Rune was designed to be you’re an all- in- one bike. The Rune has the pedal efficiency of a cross country bike with the durability of a down- hill bike. With 160mm of travel, you’ll feel confident that you are abl...

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cope

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2013

Strengths:    Suspension design, build quality, geometry, burly and stiff

Weaknesses:    Dropped chainstay

Bottom Line:   
Been on the Rune V2 about a month now, this is my first Banshee and really like this frame. Pedals extremely well. Not the plushest bike I've been on, but strikes a good balance of a firm ride without being harsh. It soaks up rough terrain when it needs to. Fit and Geo are spot on. The only complaint I have is the dropped chainstay design makes setting up a chainguide with lower pully/guide difficult if not impossible with some models. I suppose not a big problem in this day and age with clutch derailleurs and specific chainrings. Build quality is excellent, hoping for long term durability. Nice job Banshee!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jgusta a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2013

Strengths:    Great pedaling platform, especially in technical/rough terrain while still maintaining nice, smooth and plush suspension. Absolutely no friction in the suspension, making it work great with air shocks and offer very minimal pedal feedback when riding the rough, just solid traction and smooth action. Excellent deal for pre-existing Banshee owners on upgrade program. Frame feels even stouter, stiffer and much more solid than previous versions. Doubt I will break like I broke a couple of earlier Runes in the past while riding it within it's range of use. Adjustable dropouts for your choice of geometry, wheel size (26" or 650b), and hub diameter. Great color and finish choices.

Weaknesses:    Heavier than previous version due to bearings vs bushings, rear dropouts and added gussets. Been wearing rear shock eyelet bushing/hardware pretty easily. Not sure if this is due to shock, frame or little of both?

Bottom Line:   
Excellent revision to previous versions of the Rune that had it's shortcomings with durability and performance despite it being good at a lot of things. Keith (frame designer) and Banshee totally nailed it with this version and cheers to him and co. to bringing this frame to life amidst many reported issues with previous versions. Overall, this frame feels like a true "AM" bike or what one should be like to me with it's ability to get you up the hill at steady pace, regardless of how steep or challenging it may be and totally owns it on the downs regardless of terrain and features. Perfect bike for me, if you are hard on things (broke many frame, parts in past), but still do all the climbing to get to the radical descents!

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Favorite Trail:   Pretty much like them all, the steeper and rougher the better.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $585.00

Purchased At:   Trident Sports

Similar Products Used:   Banshee Rune V1, V1.5. Yeti SB66. Turner RFX. Azonic Saber. Ironhorse Hollowpoint.

Bike Setup:   Medium polished raw frame w/Lyrik DH fork, Monarch RC3+ shock, Flow Ex/Hadley wheels, Saint brakes/drivetrain, Chromag/Thomson cockpit.

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