Banshee Bikes Chaparral Freeride Full Suspension

4.83/5 (35 Reviews)
Weight : 9.5 lbs MSRP : $2510.00


Product Description

It's strong enough to dance on winding Shore style stunts and tame gravity at bike parks, yet still light enough to be able to grind out those big epic rides and rip up single track. The Chap suspension geometry can adapt to both coil and air shock compression rates by adjusting the rocker pivot position. With a coil over shock, 7" DC fork and tight, Scream inspired geometry, the Chap has amazing traction and is incredibly plush and predictable on high speed stutter bumps, tight single track and "Shore Style" drops.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by race,face a Downhiller from fortmcmuryy to Edmonton

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2010

Strengths:    very strong frame

Weaknesses:    weight bad for dirt jumping

Bottom Line:   
it's a very good down hill bike i mostly used it for big drops and jumps the only thing i had problems for is dirt jumping

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Favorite Trail:   rabbit,hill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   off my cusin

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky

Bike Setup:   rebuilt

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cesar de Diego a Downhiller from Lloret de Mar. Girona. Spain.

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2010

Strengths:    rigidity, robustness

Weaknesses:    weight

Bottom Line:   
After four years of use, I can only rave about the Chaparral. Going down is impressive, the bike-parks there is nothing better. But with a mounting any use as I have, you can make up to 70 km routes, and that it weighs about 20 kilograms.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2500.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by need2ridemore a Weekend Warrior from Forest City, NC

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2009

Strengths:    Super Stong frame! I am BIG guy and this frame has taken everything I have dished out. Nice machine work, tight. Climbs well with Romic

Weaknesses:    For what it is used for NONE.

Bottom Line:   
I have a 04 model and it is the best bike I have owned. It climbs well and descends much better. After I the suspension was setup correctly (for my weight) it really set it self apart from all others I had tested. The 4-Bar rear end really smoothes out the bumps and soaks up the drops. The powder keg head tube is very beefy and really resists ovalizing.

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Favorite Trail:   Cedar Rock - DSF

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Haro X3, Knoa Stinky

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Z1-FR w/ETA fork, Romic shock, Hand built Velocity heavy metal wheelset, Truvativ cockpit, Sram X9 drivetrain w/Saint crank, Hayes 9HD brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by big_mountain_biker a Cross Country Rider from San Jose, CA

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2009

Strengths:    Extremely strong, super stiff, perfect geometry for an AM/FR bike.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, interrupted seat tube.

Bottom Line:   
I'm a big dude (>300 lbs) and like to ride hard, but still need to climb. I didn't think that anyone made a bike that would work for me until I discovered the Chaparral. I have the 2007 model with 6" or 7" of travel, I keep it in the 6" mode for the lower leverage ratio.

When I stand and mash on any other bike the frame flexes like nobody's business. Not so with this thing, sure its heavy but so am I. I currently have it built to over 40 lbs but it feels much, much lighter because the energy I'm putting into pedaling isn't being used to flex the frame to and fro. With the DHX 5.0 it also has minimal bob.

I routinely take the bike on 20 mile XC rides and hit the DH runs at Northstar with no issues. I highly recommend an adjustable travel fork with this frame because it does fine with a 140mm as well as a 170mm fork.

The interrupted seat tube is definitely a pain, I am not a fan of telescoping seatposts. You also can't get a Speedball/Joplin for it because of the 30mm seat tube. You can obviously run a Gravity Dropper, but I am not willing to trust a 27.2mm seatpost and a shim with my heft.

So depending on the type/size of rider you are this bike is either a godsend or just way overbuilt. If you are a light rider looking for an all-mountain bike look elsewhere, if however you are a big guy looking for a stiff bike that can be pedaled up and bomb down then I don't think there is a better bike on the market.

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Favorite Trail:   Northstar - Flameout

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   Ibex Atlas, Santa Cruz Nomad, Specialized Enduro SL

Bike Setup:   DHX 5.0, Marzocchi 66 Light ETA, Formula The One, Saint crank/rear mech, Halo SAS Wheelset, XT shifters, Titec Pyro Scoper seatpost, Thomson 70mm stem, WTB Dissent 2.5"

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtbManiak a Downhiller from Provo, UT, USA

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2008

Strengths:    Biggest strength is the strength of the frame! This thing is a monster, overbuilt in just the right places, huge headtube, ribbed chainstays, but still light enough to be a very agile bike. This thing jumps like no other.

Weaknesses:    I had a hard time finding a new rear shock besides the Romic to run. The small frame cannot fit a shock with a reservoir like all the new shocks have. I also had trouble with the rear swingarm tapping my seatpost under full compression (solved by making a bumper out of a bike tube).

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic bike, I got two great years out of it, and it was the best bike I had ridden up to that point. I rode it All mountain, raced it, hucked it, did dirt jumps... you name it. It is such a great bike and if you find a good deal on one I would highly recommend it.

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Favorite Trail:   Squaw

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   New Banshee Wildcard

Bike Setup:   Fox 36 RC2, Marzocchi Roco 3PL rear shock, syncros wheelset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick a Weekend Warrior from Santa Monica

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2007

Strengths:    Strong, versatile, vertical shock orientation, aethetics

Weaknesses:    slightly heavy, made in taiwan

Bottom Line:   
This is the best pure freeride frame I owned. Indestructible and flashy-looking. Frame is stable at high speeds and nimble through streep, technical descents. Despite its weight, there is almost no pedal bob and thus it climbs efficiently. I had the 6 inch travel. I imagine the 7 inch is even better.

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Favorite Trail:   Westridge

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   pedalshop.com

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   888, EX721's, hayes, race face evolve x-type

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cooch a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane, Australia

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2007

Strengths:    Frame is exceptionally well built and super strong. 8mm thick head tube walls, big CNC'd drop outs, super gusset welds and appropriate walled tubing. Incredibly well thought out and tested geometry. Can build it as downhill, freeride or super-tough all mountain.

10 year warranty! Nuff said.


Weaknesses:    Nothing at all really. Some riders have bagged the paint and overall finish, but I find it just right. The only real weakness is the broken seat tube, requiring a telescopic seat post. It can get frustrating at times when you want to raise the saddle for a climb or long XC ride. I keep my saddle slammed most of the time, so I should just get one seat post.

Bottom Line:   
My God - this is an incredible machine!! With the build I adopted, I can do everything on this bike - even whip my chicken legged XC friends on the short blasts on flat sections. This bike drops and flies so straight, true and controllable and just eats up the landings.

The gnarlier, rockier, steeper it gets, the bike just comes into its own! It crushes rockgardens and takes drops so effortlessly. What previously scared you, is dusted off with so much ease, you'll be looking to step up your riding at every opportunity.

The 66's on the front were an excellent choice for this frame. Don't sell the frame short and get any less travel. 180mm travel or more is required on this frame - perfectly matching the rear end travel and geometry. With ETA (forks) on my bike, you can also climb quite steep technical terrain too - especially if you stop and raise your saddle.

The bike gives you that plush lounge-chair like feel on really nasty terrain, but without compromising its handling, feel and intuitiveness. The best bit is, when you make a mistake - the 7 inches of travel and the weight of the bike will save your arse - all you have to do is lean right back over the bike, hit the rear brakes and the bike does the rest - kind of like auto-save-your-arse stop!

The geometry is so good, you'll be hitting berms like you're on a 4X bike, doing jumps like you're riding motocross and still having that great feel to be able to wheelie, roll skinny shore/ramps and take that huge drop.

I'm absolutely loving it. Highly, HIGHLY recommend.

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Favorite Trail:   Tewantin

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   www.xxiv.com.au

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky, Santa Cruz Nomad.

Bike Setup:   I built my bike as a Heavy Duty - All Mountain - Freeride. Final weigh in 19kgs, with the following. Marzocchi 66 RC2 with ETA, Hope headset. Hope hubs laced to single track rims. Hussefelt bb and cranks. Sram components and WTB saddle. I've to a Medium frame and I'm 1.75m and 72kgs (82kg with gear). I'm also running the Manitou Intrinsic Air as the rear shock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DD Monkey a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2007

Strengths:    Clearly a very well made and thought out frame, strong, nice paint finish. Once built up the handling is sharp and the ride very quiet. Feels lively and straight away I was hitting jumps and drops with confidence, great fun!

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
Just a great fun freeride bike from the moment I got on it, strong, quiet, nimble. Suspension action is very plush for small stuff without feeling soggy or bottoming out on the drops. Yet to try full on DH with it but its not a race bike anyway. Money well spent. I am a Banshee convert.

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Favorite Trail:   DH3 Aston Hill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Second hand frame only

Similar Products Used:   Ellsworth Joker, Remec DH Pro, Orange Patriot, Specialised Enduro

Bike Setup:   Boxxers, Mavic and Hope wheels, Hope Disc Brakes, Romic rear shock, hone cranks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by westwood tom a Weekend Warrior from gilford ct usa

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2007

Strengths:    Strengths... Yeah lookit the frame. There's no metal under 1/4" anywheres... Fox 5 DHX Coil... Bullet Proof... Balanced... A bike to be ridden.

Weaknesses:    Piss poor paint job. But then you don't care so much when you drop 'er in the dirt.

Bottom Line:   
I must work to keep up with the AM boyz... Until the trail tilts downward. Then, I cin hear the Banshee Scream on the front as the trees and trails become a blur. Drops? bigger. Bumps? not noticable. Bike is quiet and powerful. Climbs okay, does trails okay, but when you need balance, strength, and fortitude... This bike rocks. It's fast & the funnest.
It's not the right bike for everything. Its the right bike for menacing terrain that would crush udder weakling trail bikes.

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Favorite Trail:   orange ta yello ta red ta green ta blue ta...

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1399.00

Purchased At:   bullydog bikes

Similar Products Used:   I had a tank ride once...

Bike Setup:   Marz 66 Light, Saint Cranks, DT FR w/Onyx Hubs, Hope Stem, Hayes 9 brakes, Panaracer 1.75 XC tires (kidding), Race Face Bars, King Headset What else?

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kir a Downhiller from Russia Moscow

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Wonderful full suspension bike with real good parametrs.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Timmano

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   Frame 2006, Fox 36 van rc2, hayes 9 ctr

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrea a Weekend Warrior from Italy

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2006

Strengths:    Geometry
Suspension system
Easton tubes
Versatility of the frame
Look


Weaknesses:    Just to write one the paint is not very solid, but I like to have the bike a little scratched and used like a pair of jeans, so for me it is not really a weakness.

Bottom Line:   
The 2006 Chaparral is the best and most versatile bike I have ever had, I'm 1.89 Cm tall and the XL frame is perfect for my height, it is not too big as other XL frames I had and is the first good thing because I'm in the middle between LARGE and XL.
The bike has something special in its geometry,it pedals very well and at the same time has a freeride attitude that inspires you confidence when it is time to go down,technical things are a joke compared to other full suspended bikes I had.
I wanted to build an aggressive all mountain bike and that's what I did,the bike weights around 35/36" with standard and solid equipment.
The Chaparral suspension system works great, very firm when you go uphill but still very responsive downhill, the avalanche twin tube rear Shock works very well, it's not too heavy and I forgot to have it.
When I go to bike parks I use larger tires and I have another bike,that's why I said that it is the most versatile bike I have ever had.
I hope that Banshee will build more all mountain frames in the future,but until now the Chap is great!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   the last two: An Ellsworth joker and a Scirocco, which is another good bike from Banshee.

Bike Setup:   Fox 36 coil fork,xt and truvativ components,avalanche twintube rear shock ,formula oro brakes,mavic crossmax wheels and wtb mutano raptor 2.24 tires.
FUNN viper pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BamsheE66 a Weekend Warrior from G-Town

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2006

Strengths:    burly, stifness, geometry, looks, versatility.

Weaknesses:    none, i love this bike.

Bottom Line:   
This bikes is just plain awesome, rides great, climbs great, jumps like no other and its just fun to ride on any type of trail. Can be set up in many different ways to accomodate styles of riding. I would like to say my set up is in between light and heavy but i havent weight it yet. Get one, bad ass bike for the money. and you have the liverty to build it as an XC or freeride bike.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Bike Setup:   Banshee Chaparral, vanilla r, 66rc 170 mm, SIC stem and bar(camodized), Truvativ Howitzer cranks, Azonic xtension pedals, Atomlab pimp rims with IRC trailbear tires and 07 Formula ORO k18 brakes. sweeet set up.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris a Downhiller from north carolina

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2006

Strengths:    super burly frame with awsome dhx 5.0 shok. rearend is ultra stiff. great on downhill, freeride, dirt jumps, slopestyle and all mountain. great warranty

Weaknesses:    none after 6 months and a brutal dh season

Bottom Line:   
the frame is super strong and worth the money. its listed as a freeride trail but ive hit 25ft hucks and big dirt jumps on mine and not had any problems. best bike ive ever owned

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   recycles bike shop greensboro

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky dee lux

Bike Setup:   66 light eta, shimano drive train, e 13 srs, race face dh crank, clim8 brakes 8in front 6in rear with shimano saint brake levers, fizik freek saddle, ect

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Randy a Weekend Warrior from Calgary, AB, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2006

Strengths:    Solid, well built

Weaknesses:    heavy for my riding

Bottom Line:   
I have have this bike for over two years now and it has been bombproof. The geometry is bang on for me for XC riding and turns into a dh bike with a matter of lowering my seat.
I have had some clearance issues with my front derailleurs and chain line since day one. My LX derailleur never worked well(either it rubbed on the rear tire or the bottom pivot pushed it out too far and it would rub on the chain. Also happened with my new SRAM X Gen but I have been able to fix that by grinding out a notch on the back of the derailleur) That also was affected by the set up of hte cranks. They had to be fine tuned just right to keep the chainline rideable and not have the cranks rubbing on the chainstay or the chain rubbing on the derailleur cage. I have been able to get it perfect but there is not alot of room for error.
I also have a small dent in my downtube from a rough ride in the back of a pickup on a rough road but it is small and I doubt it will affect it adversely. If it does, I will buy an '06 or '07 because this bike is the right one for me.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Slayer, Cannondale Gemini, Bullit, Stinkys

Bike Setup:   Sherman DC, Fox DHX3, SRAM drivetrain, raceface, mavic 729 and Juicy 7's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zeebar a Cross Country Rider from Cairo, Egypt

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2006

Strengths:    Very strong, well made, very affordable and even though it is heavy it is fun on the techincal terrain.

Weaknesses:    It is the ugliest bike I think I have seen along with the scream.

Bottom Line:   
Hated the origional paint job so I had a custom paint job with and annodized purple with metallic flec. Looks great. The bike is fun when set up with goods specs and I am looking forward to adding it to my other 40 bikes. Thank you!!

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Favorite Trail:   The Caldron

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   through friend

Similar Products Used:   Orange 66, Commencal Supreme 6.1 DH, Nicolai Nucleon and Scott Randsom Ltd.

Bike Setup:   Romic coil shock, Magura Wotan 160mm fork, Deemax wheels, Kenda Blue Groove tyers, Sram X0 (06) drivetrain, Chris King headset and all the cool gear one really needs for fun riding.

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Chaparral asking price?

Well it has come time to cut loose my Chaparral, any suggestions what to ask for it? It is a late 05 frame with marzocchi drop off fork, hayes HFX 9 brakes, xt rear, sram front, race face cranks/bash/bb, Alex DH rims. Ridden only as a CC bike, never any big hits, terrain parks, etc... Hate to get ri ... Read More »

Group ride on the NorthEastern/Chaparral Trail

Just read about this on the temporary DORBA site. I won't be able to ride along (wish I could); but, I wanted to make sure others knew about it. More info here: [url]http://www.dorba.org/messages/boards/thread/25220792[/url] [QUOTE]Have you heard about the Chaparral Trail or the NorthEast Te ... Read More »

Dirtbag, G-Spot, Banshee Chaparral, Opus Nelson, DeV Ollie/Wilson: best FR pedalers?

Looking for a good FR bike that descends like a DHer but can still be pedaled. Want 6-7" travel. Weight is obviously a concern. Looking at these as well as some of the pure DH bikes like the Turner DHR and Norco Six. Recommendations from the FR/DH crowd?Read More »

Anyone have room for another vehicle at Chaparral for 2011?

I wasn't sure if I was going this year and I lagged on getting a campsite. Anyone only taking one vehicle to Chaparral campground (Campground B) this year? I have a Vanagon camper so all I need is a relatively flat area to park it. I'm racing Sunday and will probably come up Thursday and leave Su ... Read More »

Chaparral geo?

Hi, Is there a place where i can find geometry numbers for the chaparral model? Thx!Read More »

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