The Banshee Amp was designed to be a light, tight, and strong dirt jump bike. Banshee had their sponsored dirt jump riders test several version of the AMP to dial in the geometry. The Banshee Amp was designed to be a light, tight, and strong dirt jump bike. Banshee had their sponsored dirt jump riders test several variations of the frame and figured out the geometry. They kept the chainstays short and the front of the bike low by using an integrated headset, which makes the bike feel really flickable in the air, and is easy to throw into corners and pump through sections. Banshee used internally ribbed seat and chainstays to keep the frame stiff and predictable. By removing material where stresses were low, the frame stayed super light weight. The Banshee Amp has a high strength to weight ratio.
Strengths: I can't say enough about this bike. I have never ridden such a light and agile bike. There were times where I was sure I was going to toast this frame, but it just keeps asking for more. WOW!
Weaknesses: NONE! I can't think of one thing that is bad about this bike. I love the raw frame, make it what you want!
Similar Products Used: Maybe an Evil bike, but those were so heavy compared to this
Bike Setup: Amp, Rock Shox Pike (Pushd), Azonic outlaws, Single speed setup
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2013
Strengths: From what i know this is the lightest frame you can buy i picked just the frame up for 400$ (New from shop) realy good deal i have ridden it for a few days now and it feels great i would highly recommend it!
Weaknesses: The rear triangle has trouble fitting 2.35 tires and up mine barely squeeze in there (kenda small block 8s) wich kinda sucks, another thing is, is that the frame comes only in regular and long the should be a short medium and long cause i find the regular a bit small and the long to long! but i went with the regular! the last thing is lack of color but im not to picky about that kinda stuff i got the black and green mike Montgomery one!
top to lines sums it up heres a link to my amp http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/9659784/
Banshee amp, is so far the best thing I`ve ever ridden. Its one of the lightest frames on the market, looks sexy in raw a you can tell the difference when you step on it from other aluminium HT. Its incredibly stiff, geometry is aggressive and harder you ride it the better it seems to perform...
If you`re planning to build high end dirtjump/4x machine this should be your choice..
from sudbury on canada
Date Reviewed: June 4, 2010
Strengths: got my amp frame a few weeks ago this bike is so light and nimble. it accelerates like nothing I've ever put power to pedal before. this bike corners like a slot car and takes abuse like no other. i am so confident in the strength of this frame that i am going to race it super d next weekend. anyone who wants a light rigid hard tail should buy this bike and one for all thier friends just so they can keep up. racers who need the hole shot this bike is for you. if you dont plan to ride this bike very hard save your money
Weaknesses: couldn't get the color i wanted
this bike rips put power on the pedals and pin to win
Similar Products Used: commencal absolut cromo, banshee rampant, specialized p2
Bike Setup: manitou circus, mtx 29's, geax sugarous, hayes stroker gram, answer bar stem grips and pedals, shimano saint cranks.
Date Reviewed: May 10, 2010
Strengths: Great for Dirt jumps,very light and responsive.
Great for learning tricks like 360's and backflips, because of the weight and dimensions.
Weaknesses: Steer Tube angle, Drop out system.
I would strongly recommend this frame to any dirt jumper looking for a "new era" jump frame. It is my favorite hard tail that I have ever owned, or ridden. Im sure you will think the same after shredding it!
Weaknesses: Had to remove floodgate knob from my Pike, but that's just nitpicking
This bike has been more than just a DS/Pump bike for me. I've ridden it on all sorts of trails - pumptrack, steep/tech, 4+ hour XC rides. Great geometry and stiffness put this bike at the top of the heap. Ideally suited to gated racing/jumping, I've ridden this bike in and out of its element and its just plain fun - everywhere.
Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz: Chameleon, Jackal, Blur 4X
Bike Setup: RS Pike @ 95mm, DT Swiss wheelset, 1x9 Sram drivetrain, Elixir brakes, etc.
from Scotts Valley, California
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2009
Strengths: Soooooooooo light!!! At 4.4 pounds it's the lightest dirt jump frame I've heard of. It still feels really stiff and solid, so you can always get a good pump out of the dirt jumps. The integrated headset is a sweet feature that allows for a nice and low front end. The geometry feels really natural and stable with a low center of gravity and low bottom bracket. The raw finish is awesome too! It has horizontal drop-outs with a removable derailleur hanger for easy set up of both single speed and geared set-ups, plus ISCG-05 mounts for ease of chain-guide installation.
Hands down the best dirt jump frame I've had! Suchhh a fun bike! I can't get over how light it is, which helps with so many aspects of riding! From general flickablity to whipping around tailwhips and flips, the low weight makes it that much easier! Everything about the bike is ideal for tricking. The low toptube/seattube make no-foot-cans a breeze and the short wheelbase makes tailwhips and 360s effortless. The wheelbase is slightly longer than most cro-moly frames like my old NS Suburban, which makes such a difference in stability, as my old frame felt a bit awkward at times. The bike handles so well and feels so fast in berms and over rollers. It feels like it would be soooo fast for racing 4x and dual slalom. The frame is made out of aluminum, which makes it very stiff and rigid. This is great on jumps and over rollers where you can pump through as hard as you want. It also provides confidence when hitting a new set or big jump--knowing you're bike will handle it no problem. Overall an incredible frame! If you are looking for a solid yet lightweight hardtail, I would definitely recommend it! Awesome bike that can handle everything from the most technical pumptracks to the biggest dirt jumps!
Bike Setup: Size: Short, Fox 32 Float, Kenda Small Block 8 tires, Gamut bashgaurd, Sunline 28.75" V-1 Bars, Atomlab rims
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 6, 2009
Strengths: Lightweight, stiff and strong. Just a great jump bike that can take abuse and feels great.
Weaknesses: Needs a bolt style rear axle, that is the only thing I ca fault it on.
I like everything about this bike from the looks to the ride. I've been more confident jumping on this bike than anything else, as it seems easy to throw around and point in. I'm sticking with the amp for my jump bike!
A good accelaration bike that responded to my need. After riding for less than an hrs, I get use to it with very minimal adjustment.Fast on pump-track & versatile on parks/street.Surprisingly climbing is no issue here due to the spec of the chain stay are abt 420-425 & seat tube angle are similar to an xc bike slack angle. Good for single tight & technical trails with off saddle climbing.....
Can get gear ratio(9-speed)without effecting the center chain line......
No room for flex on the rear triangle due to rib enforcement at the chain stay........ Overall very agile & the feel is mental!
Bike Setup: Fox Talas travel are set to 130mm wit compensation height by integrated head tube for 4x (effective @ 110mm) & 100mm specific for parks & dirt.....(effective @ 80mm).....
Race Face Diabolus D2 & RaceFace Diabolus riser handlebars are selected in this set-up. Saint crank arm of 170mm with 32 ring for immediate effect on acceleration in sprinting.....
DMR guide & V8 pedals are selected to complete the drive train system.... Atomlab wheel sets
from Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Date Reviewed: June 25, 2009
Strengths: The bike has really good geometry making it stable in the air when doing big jumps but still nimble enough to do all the tech style skatepark tricks. The integrated headset was a really nice feature offering lower stack height and ease of installation. The bike felt really rigid through rough fast corners also. I really liked the look and effect on the big beefy tubing you feel like its a solid frame and won't crumble beneath you when your going big.
Weaknesses: The dropout system wasn't the easiest thing to use. Trying to get the correct tension on your chain. If your running it single speed meant that you had to take the wheel out of the bike 3 times before it was good.
This is a super solid bike that can do it all from skatepark riding with the single speed. Chuck a derailer on and you have an awesome 4X beastie. If your looking for a good HT this should be the bike you buy. Abuse it all day casing that trick you just cant land and it will come back for more.
a Weekend Warrior
from Brisbane, Australia
Date Reviewed: June 25, 2009
Strengths: Super light frame, very strong and extremely stiff rear end. The integrated derailleur hanger is a great idea and works very well with the horizontal droupouts. Head tube and integrated headset housing leaves a super clean look. The brushed alloy finish just gleams and gives it a super unique look.
Weaknesses: Absolutely none.
A super fast jump / four cross / trail bike, that's super stiff and very light. This bike is soooooo much fun to ride and feels fully dialled. The geometry is fantastic and it's super to jump, flick and manual. I've even downhilled on this frame (hardtail class) and was super impressed with how it took the rough stuff and just how fast you can ride this thing too.
Similar Products Used: Giant STP, Norco 125, Various street frames (chromo).
Bike Setup: Small Amp with: Pikes, Hope hubs laced to DT Swiss 5.1s. Avid Juicy 5 brakes, Sram X9 Shifters. I used a Campagnolo Chorus headset, Deity stem, F.U.N.N. Bars. Race Face XC Crankset with 32 ring and Gamut Guide. 12kg build.
a Weekend Warrior
from fengshan Taiwan
Date Reviewed: June 23, 2009
great in the air
great through the corners
great on the pump track
spins and flips easy
The bottom line is that this bike is a great bike. It is great in the air and is really nice over the bumps and through the corners. It is light weight so it is easy to pull off tricks, spin and flip. It is also really nice to ride over rollers and you can fly through corners. And I am sure it would be a great 4X bike. (maybe brad bearacoff or adam graves should switch to an Amp.)
So if you are into the dirt jumps, 4x, or just like to fool around on the pump track then the Amp is for you. I
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