For allThoseThat dareTo see what’s onThe other side ofThe mountain.The RUNE was made forThe weekend adventurerTo exploreThe back country. EscapeThe madness ofThe city and urban sprawl and returnTo nature. Restore your inner peace and goToThe places most people will never see! Frame Specifications: SIZES SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE, EXTRA LARGE TRAVEL 6" 1.5 HEADTUBE STRENGTH AND VERSATILITYTO USE ZERO STACK OR ADJUSTABLE HEADANGLE CUPS HYDROFORMED 7005 ALTUBES GUSSETING
Strengths: Outstanding performance, smooth, DH fast as hell, good for climbing, Cane Creek Double Barrel, Geometry, 3 angle setting.
Weaknesses: None so far
This is the best bike I ever had and ride. It goes fast uphill and specialy downhill. I felt confortable from the first day because of it's geometry. The most important thing is that brings a lots of fun when i'm riding. Great bike, maybe one of the best out there.
Strengths: Smooth, Fast and is an outstanding machine to accomplish anything the trail can throw at you.
Weaknesses: If you have no issue's with weekly and just general maintenance on your bike there is none.
Third bike I have owned. First was a GT Hardtail. Second a Cannondale Rush and the Rune is my third. I have taken this bike on all day epics, fast DH, slow tech DH (trials type), brutal climbs and have zero complaints. I purchased the frame and shock second hand and it still looks amazing and performs like new. I'm 5'9", 160lbs and ride a Lrg. The bike is totally flickable and track perfect with my riding style. I highly recommend this frame for a genuine "do it all" bike!
Strengths: good price compared to other all-mountain rigs; single track and downhill killer; light frame/light build; rear suspension has no bobbing at all; beautiful anodized black finish; beautiful frame design.
Weaknesses: Top-tube is too short for me; rear pivots have to be maintained regularly.
I've had this frame since 2010, but only recently rode it hard and regularly for the last six months. The trail that I regularly ride at have several creek crossings, so just recently, I took the rear pivots apart for maintenance. The axle was bone dry, no grease at all; but the bushings and axle were like brand spanking new! I replaced the bushings anyways, and greased up the pivots. From here on out, I'm just gonna grease it regularly as I figure that my body weight (frame S) does not impact the bushings like a large framed rider would. So far, I have no play or wear on my rear triangle. In terms of ride, this frame rocks. Very stable on downhills and it's quick and ride full of confidence on technical single track. Frame is very durable and hardy. My only gripe is that rear pivots have to be regularly greased (which I will do from here on out); and the bushings are plastic. Can't Banshee design a better pivot system that is maintenance free?or at least maintain 1x a year or several years or so. I would recommend a potential buyer to buy a version 2 of this frame if it ever comes out. Heard lots of people having rear pivot problems due to the plastic bushings; but mine was ok, and I didn't maintain it for the last 2 years! and overall, the price won't break you as other all-mountain rigs do. Also, I got a $50 ELKA suspension discount for owning a Banshee! Great company, fabulous bike. Banshee replies to all my emails. Hope that the Banshee boys will redesign the pivots to make them maintenance and worry free. Overall, this bike has been good to me.
Strengths: Very stiff, looks great, anodized frame is pretty durable, great warranty, pedals well, downhills well, perfect for laps of Fromme Mountain on the North Shore!
Weaknesses: Had to make use of the warranty with a tweaked rear triangle that was putting massive undue wear on the pivots and bushings. But i got a brand new frame from the next years model over the winter... so it's all good! didn't miss a single day of riding
I can't give this bike maximum flamin chillis just because i don't believe in perfection on earth, but this bike is really amazing! I've been riding it for the last year, getting almost 100 days on the bike. I put this thing through a looot of abuse too. More than it was designed for, but it still holds strong (props to my DHX-Air also). I've been off of 5m+ size drops on it, and as long as you land decently smooth, the frame will take the beat down.
I mostly ride the North Shore of British Columbia, meaning i pedal up, and ride down, as well as hit the whistler bike park. This bike is so much fun! It's light and really flickable, yet really stiff. It doesn't have the travel or small bump absorption of a DH rig, but for what it is, I really can't complain! I can keep up with the big boys, and especially get up the hill quicker when there are no lifts or shuttles to be seen!
My bike is setup more on the freeride side of things with a beefy build and Fox 36 Van RC2 180mm fork on the front, raking out the front end a bit, meaning it's worse on the climbs. This bike likes to pedal up, but it much prefers the front wheel being pointed downhill. It's smooth and very balanced off of jumps, and in corners. It's a little chattery over rocky sections, but again, this isn't meant to be a DH bike.
As for the bad, there isn't a whole lot. if you want a tough do-it-all bike, then i would recommend this one to you every time. Build it right and it will do anything you want it to happily!
from Asheville NC
Date Reviewed: September 11, 2011
Strengths: Super stiff rear end, extremely capable climber, lightweight, very supple suspension. DW-esce link performs very well, no pedal bob on climbs, nor any brake jack descending
Weaknesses: Only weakness so far I've noticed, as easy as they've made it to re-lubricate the pivots, the self-lubricating bushings do tend to push out grease during use which collects dust/dirt. Pretty simple fix though, just wipe it down after rides.
Most fun bike I've had to date. Coming from a Knolly Delirium the bike feels like a super light XC bike on climbs, however it still handles the chunk and descends much like you would expect from a "long travel" trail bike. Allows me to ride longer and harder without getting fatigued, and for that I love it. Super nimble, both on the ground and in the air, but still allows you to settle into the suspension and plow through some rough sections. Tracks impeccably and remains playful and responsive the entire time. Also exceeded my expectations on the limited freeride trails I've ridden. Mechanically it is extremely well built, beautiful welds, very easy to maintain, proper cable routing. No complaints whatsoever in the build quality. In my opinion the ultimate do-it-all bike, as many have already stated.
Similar Products Used: Orange Five, Morewood Ndiza, Transition Covert, most recently Knolly Delirium-T
Bike Setup: DHX Air, 170mm Rock Shox Lyric, SRAM compnonents: Stylo cranks w/ dual ring, XO shifters, derailleurs, and XO carbon brakeset, Outlaw wheelset, Tioga psycho genius tires, Banshee post and headset, WTB Pure V saddle
a Weekend Warrior
from Cave Creek, AZ
Date Reviewed: September 18, 2010
Strengths: This bike is strong, stiff and rigid. It has little to no flex with a 10mm thru axle out back. Cable routing is good and allows for wire to be 100% shielded from the elements. 1.5 Head Tube. Stability.
Weaknesses: Decals (they wear easily), ICSG tabs are not usable for anything other than a single ring up front (can use a tensioner then), I was told SRAM's Hammerschmidt was not engineered to run on this platform.
This bike climbs fairly well, don't expect it to be the best climber but it climbs well enough to keep up with the crowd. This bike excels on the slalom single tracks and downhills. On the technical, drop filled downhills nobody can keep up. This bike shreds the downhill like no other bike I have sat on. The bikes strength lie in its strength. The frame is so stiff yet plush. The CCDB helps with the bumps and the Van upfront makes this bike rediculous.
This frame has given me absolutely no problems. I grease the bushings every so often and watch the old grease squirt out. I do occassionaly have to tighten up the pivots as they come slightly less than tight every 20 or so rides.
Similar Products Used: Intense 6.6, Titus, Santa Cruz,Specialized
Bike Setup: 1.5 Fox Van, CK Headset, CK, Bottom Bracket,CCDB rear shock w/ti spring, SLX Cranks, SLX 8" rotor brakes, x.9 Rear Derailleur, SLX front Derailleur, Thomson Stem, Joplin 4 seatpost, Brooks Saddle, Straitline bashgaurd, Stinger modified chain tensioner to work with ICSG tabs, Mavic 823 laced to Saint 810 Hubs (20mm f, 10mm r).
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 17, 2010
Strengths: This is a great looking frame, it rides fantastically and it really is a do it all bike. Its downhill abilty is fantastic and can really show up full on downhill rigs but it also climbs like a mounatin goat, the rear suspension actually gets pulled into the ground when clibing giving great traction. Its also a great feeling having a unique bike on the trail rather than the usual run of the mill bikes so it certainly turns some heads. The service you get from Freeborn the sole uk importers is also excellent and they come highly recommended.
Weaknesses: BUSHINGS!!Why this frame uses bushing is beyond me, the back end would run up and down so smoothly with bearings. One of my bushings broke on my 1st ride and also my friend has a rune and has had a load of problems with his bushings and play in the rear end of his bike. The bushings are also an absolute nightmare to get out especially in the main big pivots! Every other manufacturer uses bearings so why are banshee going againt proven technology? They tried bushing on the legend and they weren't working so they opted for bearings on the final product so why should the rune be any different?? I have actually had three of these frames, the 1st one had a problem with the rear suspension and was replaced under warranty and the second I bent on an impact with a tree (my fault not banshee's) and the third a wasnt happy with the quality of the anodising near the head tube so I sold it in the end. Very good bike they just need to sort the bushing and quality issues, I have to be honest and say that I wouldn't buy another.
Great frame for its riding qualities but has other issues!
Similar Products Used: Giant, charge, dmr, trek session
Bike Setup: Fox 36 floats, atlas bars and cranks, thompson stem, mavic 721 rims on hope pro 2 hubs, sram x9, e thirteen srs, avid elixirs
a Weekend Warrior
from vancouver, bc, canada
Date Reviewed: June 2, 2010
Strengths: looks sick
shreds the gnar and keeps me rolling
Weaknesses: white paint gets dirty
i bought this bike without knowing a tonne about it simply because it was too good a deal to pass up. i knew banshee's rep as a progressive company with good knowledge of my local riding (the shore) and a reputation for outstanding customer support. i'd read a forum post by the engineer that the rune was "designed for the shore" and as the deal was sweet and my current bike wasn't cutting it, i pulled the trigger.
my favorite type of riding is rolling, tight xc singletrack, but there's not much of that to be found locally. most of my riding is on the north shore and this bike is perfectly suited to the terrain. not sure if its the 1.5" head tube, upgrading to a through axle hub or the os stem and bars, but the front end is insanely stiff, just plows through the chunder allowing me to keep my speed up and my eyes 15 feet ahead. the back end is similarly stiff, railing through rocky corners without a hint of flex or deflection. i was worried about the height of the bb but the bike settles into its travel and feels stable and maneuverable while still providing lots of clearance. this is my first "mini link" suspension frame - coming from a horst link bike the suspension seems a bit less active but that's mostly a plus, no need for propedal on long climbs and lots of cush on the descents.
i replaced the bushings over the winter - took a bit of figuring out but there's good information on the banshee web site and blog and after a few emails back and forth with the engineer (and outstanding help from north shore bikes shop) and about $10 in parts the linkage was fully overhauled using a slot screwdriver and the palms of my hands - incredible! i had the buy $50 worth of bearings and hardware and $70 worth of tools to replace the bearings on my norco, not to mention deal with the idiots at the company who mis-spec'd their replacement bearing kits.
one thing i've really come to appreciate since buying and learning about the rune's design is how prescient keith at banshee is in his design. the bushings hold up well in one of the most demanding riding climates on earth. and his designs push the envelope only to have their logic confirmed as other companies mimic them. for example, the new cove g-spot, just released, copies the rune's geometry to a t - and this is a company that has made its reputation on the shore. the spitfire has spawned a host of slack hta/steep sta trail bikes. unreal
BOTTOM LINE i don't think i could be any happier with my rune. for the terrain i get/have to ride 90% of the time it is simply perfect. and the fact that a 3 year old design is being spawning carbon copies that are just being released means she won't be obsolete any time soon - and she certainly isn't going to break!
Bike Setup: 36 float/rp23, shimano and sram bits, minions
a Weekend Warrior
from Denver, CO, USA
Date Reviewed: May 14, 2010
Strengths: Going fast, pushing my limits, landing stuff I might not otherwise. Seems solid, but still light. Full length housing is nice.
Weaknesses: Paint job is lacking, I would have preferred the Ano. Also the rear shock spacer seems to be one that isn't quite stock, and took some work to find.
I am very stoked about my purchase, though not super far in. I have what I call the "Bakken touch," like the Midas touch, except everything I touch turns to broken. So I wanted something closer to a freeride bike, that was going to see mostly trail riding. I looked at all the usual suspects: Nomad, Slayer, Reign X, Uzzi, and decided that the Rune packed the best mix.
It inauguration was a 5 day Moab/Fruita assualt where we put it through the ringer. 2 Porcupine shuttles loosened up the pivots, and it performed beautifully. I had no problem keeping pace with my brother on his brand new Yeti 303RDH on the downhill, and easily pedaled while he walked.
I did a tons of biking jumping/BMX as a kid but got away from it in college and/or the last ten years so it is something to say that I felt confident rolling over everything that is on the trail without a second thought.
Did a bunch of trail rides also, and she climbs great. I took it to Deer Creek Canyon outside Denver last week, and it has a great rocky part that I enjoyed riding by three people walking their 4" bikes down. I will take the added weight anyday.
Strengths: Stiff, solid frame.
Great pedalling efficiency.
Versatile and capable of lots of different riding.
Weaknesses: Some pedal feedback in certain circumstances.
I first became interested in the Rune because I wanted a do-it-all bike but had become disillusioned with the "all-mountain" classification, most seeming to be nothing more than XC bikes with a bit more travel bolted on. I'd previously owned a popular all mountain bike from a big manufacturer that I'd badly damaged within two weeks of owning and after 6 months of riding I'd pretty much killed it. A crappy customer service experience steered me away from the big manufacturers and I'd decided that I'd rather give my money to a smaller company that's actively involved in (and is passionate about) riding bikes. Enter Banshee and the Rune.
Even before I bought the frame I was really impressed with Banshee, Keith always replied to my questions quickly and offered helpful advice when needed. He's a friendly, down to earth bloke who clearly loves what he's doing. The same can be said for the lads at Freeborn UK, they ride the bikes they sell and offer excellent advice. I ordered the frame with a DHX 5 Coil and it was with me the next morning.
The thing that stands out to me most about the Rune is just how versatile it is. My original plan was use a short stem, coil shock and heavy duty wheelset for downhill/freeride then swap out to a longer stem, air shock and XC wheelset for long rides, however I've found that I don't need the latter. Yes, the bike is heavier but I only really notice the extra weight when riding long uphill slogs and even then it's not a concern. In fact I can now make it up steep, technical ascents that previously had me pushing after losing traction. In my opinion the excellent pedaling efficiency negates the extra weight and the Rune is actually really good at getting up hills.
Running at between 20% and 25% sag the pedal platform is fantastic. Even with propedal completely off, very little energy is wasted on pedal bob. Sprinting out of the saddle results in an instant burst of speed and you get a really nice feeling that all your precious energy is being converted into forward momentum. Similarly, rail through berms and you feel "connected" to the bike, you're not wasting energy in having to muscle the bike around and it all feels really natural. The super stiff rear end makes rider input feel instant. All this converts into going faster, which is good! Moving up to around 30% sag and you lose some of that pedaling efficiency but you gain more small bump compliance and the travel feels slightly more plush (plushier?). The Rune pops out of jumps and is really flickable in the air, whipping the back end around feels really easy. In short, the Rune feels fast and agile both on and off the ground.
A few really minor issues but worth mentioning. Buying a grease gun in the UK to fit in the grease ports was a pain in the arse. Most mini grease guns have a nozzle that is too wide to fit in the hole, I tried an Ixus gun which is a pretty common design and it doesn't fit. I had to buy a Manitou/Dualco grease gun from CRC and source a long needle nozzle separately because the standard nozzle isn't long enough to reach the zerk port.
There is noticeable pedal feedback when standing and pedaling in the granny ring with sag above 25%. To me, this is a none issue because if I'm running 30% sag then it's usually because I'm riding downhill and therefore not using the granny ring. Running around 20% sag with a 26t granny ring pretty much eliminates the issue and there's no pedal feedback when sat down.
The suspension can take some time to get setup correctly especially as the bushings need to be broken in. Some people might view this as been an issue if they expect to be able to get the best performance out of the box. Personally, I quite enjoyed tweaking the suspension and it helped me to familiarise myself with the design. About 10 hours worth of riding had the bushings running beautifully.
In the past 2 weeks I've ridden technical downhill in the pouring rain, a 4 hour cross country ride, 3 days at a local jump spot and my first uplift all on the same bike with only a change in tyres and spring weight. At the uplift I had people comment on how fast the bike was for a "little" bike and some were genuinely surprised at how capable it was. Riders on 9" travel downhill bikes were moving out of the way to let me past, there is something really satisfying about that and it put a massive grin on my face. I'm really happy with how well the Rune has performed with everything that I've thrown at it so far, it makes me want to get out and ride.
Now a side effect of all this varied riding is that I'm meeting and riding with loads of new people, this is fueling my progression and I'm having an absolute blast. You could argue that this would happen with any bike but the Rune is confidence inspiring in a way that I've never felt with any other bike, it's like a devil on your shoulder telling you to go faster, hit those jumps, rail those berms. Because you can.
Bike Setup: RS Lyrik forks
Fox DHX 5 Coil
SLX, Funn, Avid
a Weekend Warrior
from Portland, OR
Date Reviewed: February 14, 2010
Strengths: Stiff, strong, awesome suspension design with great pedalling and braking characterstics, good geometry, bushing system, 1.5" HT.
Weaknesses: Main pivot production flaw/failure causing premature wear of main pivot bushings/axles (2008 and earlier models only). Tawaineese quality and finish. Can't get aftermarket parts from manufacturer for the frame at this time (bushings, pivot hardware, derailleur hanger)
Great performing bike on the trail. The bike out pedals, descends and jumps better than any bike I have owned or ridden before. A great do-all, "jack of all trades" bike that can handle aggro XC to light DH/FR with no probs at all.
My only beef with this bike is the production flaw with a vent hole in seat tube/main pivot causing grit and dirt to seep down into main pivot and grease to not fill into pivot due to hole, ultimately destroying/wearing down the main pivot prematurely. Would of like to have known about this before buying from LBS and manufacturer (Banshee). Would of probably got an 2010 Rune or 2010 Turner RFX instead due to proven, long lasting reliability of Turner's pivots/bushing system and USA made quality. Regardless, a great performing bike that is a blast to ride!
Similar Products Used: 06' Turner RFX, Azonic Saber, Ironhorse Hollowpoint
Bike Setup: Bought 08' large Rune complete with heavy all-mountain build of 35.5 lbs
a Weekend Warrior
from Rome Italy
Date Reviewed: December 19, 2009
Strengths: Solid construction, simple no frill design, side stiffness, great pedaling performance.
Weaknesses: Bushings doesn't last that long (in my case I have to say)
extra care must be taken in torqueing pivots in order to have smooth action of swingarm.
Great bike if you want to have just one and do just everything.
Appearently AM tailored rig, climb excellently (in its class), suited for all day excursions, but properly set can be an amazing gravity machine.
When shock is properly set you'll love it.
Similar Products Used: Scott Nitrous, Cannondale Jekyll, Cannondale Prophet
Bike Setup: Fox Van R , Manitou Evolver ISX6, Hope Dt 5.1 wheelset, Juicy 7 8" and 7" rotors, SLX double, SLX rear mech, DMR double chain guide, KS 5"seatpost
2,35 maxxis UST High Roller front, 2,35 Conti UST Vertical rear
a Weekend Warrior
from Victoria, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: December 1, 2009
Strengths: Strong, great geometry, FUN bike, can handle just about any trail you throw at it from DH to XC, it handles it all great.
Weaknesses: Frame does not come with a grease gun of any type, including it would not cost much but be very helpful to the customer.
Can't use a 22 tooth granny gear or Truvativ HammerSchmidt Cranks, also I have not been able to put a Blackspire Stinger on my bike without modifying the frame or the device.
This bike is a ton of fun. The first week I got it I took it on some epic XC rides (7 Summits...a bunch of the Kootenay classics) and it handled it great...yes a little overkill but I really didn't notice, this bike pedals so well. Then a few weeks later I was keeping up to guys on RM Flatlines at the local lift access mountain. For the most part I use it to..mountain bike, don't shuttle all that much so I pedal up and then ride down and this bike has really lifted my confidence in my riding.
If you are looking for a XC sled...maybe check out their other bikes, but if you want a bike that pedals amazingly, climbs like a goat, and descends like a bike much bigger....all while being a SUPER fun bike to ride, then I would look at the Banshee Rune. I know I am super happy I did. :)
Similar Products Used: Transition Covert, Specialized Enduro, Transition Dirtbag
Bike Setup: XL Black Ano frame
Manitou Evolver ISX-6 Shock
Sunline AM Stem
Chromag OSX bars
ODI Rogue Lock On grips
FSA Big Fat Pig 1.5 to 1-1/8 reducer
09 Marz 55 RC3 Forks
Sram X9 shifters and rear dérailleur. X7 Front D.
08 Saint Brakes with 8" rotors
Chris King Rear hub, Dirty Front Hub
Mavic XM 321 Rims
Kenda Telonix 2.4 tires
Thomson Seapost, WTB Laser V saddle and Hope Seatpost QR
Race Face Atlas Cranks, Shimano clipless pedals
a Weekend Warrior
from Escondido, CA
Date Reviewed: October 23, 2009
Strengths: This bike is super stiff. The frame is light for a 6" travel bike. The linkage design is such that under pedaling forces it extends the suspension and forces the rear end into the face of the trail providing incredible traction.
Weaknesses: Rear end tire clearance seems a bit tight. I do a lot of granny gear climbing which requires a little less sag than recommended.
The Rune is by far the best and the fastest bike I have ever ridden or owned. I found I can climb further up steep loose inclines because the suspension linkage drives the rear wheel into the trail providing additional traction. With a little body position manipulation step ups are very manageable. I used to get breaks on steep climbs from slippage, now the I have to stop because I am out of gas.
I was concerned about buying a longer travel bike because in SoCal bunny hopping is a big part of my riding and I didn't want to lose that. I run the rebound pretty fast and found the bike hops better than my others and then soaks the landings really well. I have also done some larger drops for me, 4 foot or so, and the bikes takes it no problem. The bike lips off of jumps with a very balanced feel and moves through the travel smoothly. I don't feel the hammock effect I feel on my other bikes. This bike descends exceptionally fast. It feels like it works through the rough terrain as opposed to my other bikes felt like the were dragging through the rough terrain. I have really noticed a difference in the braking attributes of the rear end as well. I don't get nearly as much brake jack as my other bikes which provides much more control.
Bike Setup: Fox 36 Van RC2, Manitou Evolver ISX-6, Stylo 2.2 (22/36), SRAM Attack Shifters, Shimano XT RDLR, SLX FDLR, Truvativ AKA 100mm stem, Stroker trail brakes 8/7, 32lbs
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 6, 2009
Strengths: This bike can really do it all. I regularly spend a morning riding a tech XC loop, and the afternoon on national level DH courses. I've never had a bike before that could handle as many types of riding as the rune.
Suspension feels amazing, even under braking
Geometry feels spot on
the frame is strong and stiff
Weaknesses: none so far
I am lucky enough to have several bikes, (all banshee now as I love their build quality and customer care) but the rune is the bike I ride most. If I'm going out on a ride, but don't really know what sort of riding to expect, I'll grab my rune, because it can handle it all. I am really really happy with this bike.
Have a Rune V2 frame coming next week and am trying to get drive train figured out and parts ordered before hand. Previous bike was 1x9 32/11-34 short cage, Straitline Silent Guide 32T only. Want to stick with the Same guide and 32T ring, but 1x10 11-36. Previous frame was Turner Spot, with the elev ... Read More »
Just picked up this Banshee Rune in 650b flavor and want to run the new Conti 2.4 27.5 Trail kings. Anybody know a release date, google don't know Jack! I will be demoing the new 650b GT Force carbon pro this weekend and they are the stock tire on that bike. I just missed the demo GT put on last wee ... Read More »
My Banshee Rune V2 arrived in december of 2012. After my first few rides I would notice a "looseness" about the linkage but could not figure it out. Now after quite some time on the bike I have definitively determined that the issue lies in the DU bushing that links to the rear triangle that came ... Read More »
So here's the question..
I've got a V1 Rune which has served me very well. Does great going uphill, surprisingly well really, and is even better on the descents. But I think it's 'point anywhere and go' mentality is its main downfall,by that I mean, it's an absolute tank. SE MI just doesn't offer t ... Read More »