The adjustability of the cockpit geometry and suspension settings makes the Scream the ultimate freeride bike.The increased rigidity makes the ride even tighter on skinnies and sketchy terrain. The dropouts have 3 wheelbase positions and fit 12mm through axle hubs with 150mm OLD spacing. The brake caliper adjusts with the wheelbase and most disc brakes fit.
Strengths: This thing is a beast going downhill. It will plow through it all and still provide the rider with absolute stability.
Weaknesses: Heavy when climbing..so you need a STRONG rider.
This bike is meant for downhill aggressive riding. The frame & overall structure are built to withstand a nuclear blast. Of all the bikes I rode, this bike provide the best downhill support. I usually experience lower back pain after a ride but with this bike I feel NO back pain or very minimal. My bike is over 5 years old and still ride like my new bike.
from Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: May 3, 2011
Strengths: This frame is meant to last. Itll take a beating and still stand tall. Its adjustable for diffrent geometries of the bike. Looks menacing and beastly, and is a pure point-and-shoot bike for the trails.
Weaknesses: Not going to lie, this thing is heavy. My rigs 45 pounds, so its a good workout to keep pedaling on flat or uphill. Also, the original version had horizontial dropouts, which kinda worried me when im running my QR on the back.
Although this frame may be a bit on the heavier side, it will help build up muscle when riding your local trails. The amount of beating this thing can take and the price you can get it at makes it unbelievably awesome for DH'ing. Sure theres better stuff, but the Scream will always be my first bike that ill never get rid of.
Bike Setup: 03 Banshee Scream with Marzocchi Shivers, Avid BB7 brakes, Shimano Deore shifter, Mavic 729 EX Disc Blue rims with Maxxis Minions (F/R), Romic Double Barrel rear shock. FUNN Headbanger headset, Easton EA70 Monkey Bar, Sun Ringle Demon Hub in front, and DT Swiss Hugi/Hayes 340 QR in back, Truativ Holzefeller OCT Cranks, MAR G2 SL Chain Guide
Date Reviewed: June 6, 2010
Strengths: unfortunetely it's to heavyyy to be able to see some positives... of course it's good quality, stiff, solid, etc... but at the moment all top frames have those features but all of them are much, much lighter
Weaknesses: ridiculous heavy
if you are looking for bigger muscules and for less fun from riding bike this frame is FOR YOU !!! I sold mine 1 month ago...
Bike Setup: Fork: 05 Boxxer World Cup
Shock: 5th Element CVT 5
Brakes: Avid Juicy 7
Wheels: Atomlab DHR (f) Sun Ringle MTX 33 (r)
Cranks/Chain-guide: Blackspire 16.5/NS-1
Pedals: Atomlab Trailking
Tires: Maxxis Minion 2.7
Handlebar: .243 FR(soon to be replaced with Easton Havoc DH
Stem: .243 DH(soon to be replaced with Easton Havoc DH
Seat: .243 BMX
Seatpost: Borla Amoeba 30.0
Chain/Cassette: SRAM PC 950/951
Rear Derailleur: SRAM XO
Shifter: SRAM X7
a Weekend Warrior
from San Clemente CA USA
Date Reviewed: March 11, 2010
Strengths: Solid frame, solid suspension, handles well, looks cool. Also can stand up and pedal uphill without breaking traction.
Weaknesses: Heavy. I think that's the only negative thing you can say about it. I put a 32 tooth front ring on and I ride with guys on 25 pound cross country bikes all the time. Sure they pull ahead on the climbs, but I leave them in the dust going down.
For a beefy guy who pushes it, this is a perfect bike.
Strengths: Damn BEAST, Takes anything I throw at it, I will probably break before the bike does. I love this bike alot and its definitly worth what you paid for.
Weaknesses: I'm 14 and I find it very heavy, scaled at 44 pounds with my build, on flat you have to pedal alot harder cause of the weight.
For the price I paid, I got a hell of a deal. I've been getting offers for 2 grand and up. This is so awesome downhill and ok when you decide to hit some jumps and chuck the bike around. Just get some powerfull brakes and your good to go.
Bike Setup: titec el norte bar super light dh bar
2006 meduim silver frame
2006 marz bomber 888 rc2x super plush intergraded stem
2007 roco shock tst
saint rear brake and xt front hydraulic brakes
both eight in rotours
front wheel is a mavic 325 disc with a chris king hub very smooth 20mm
rear wheel is a mavic 729 with a brand new sun ringle hub 150 x 12mm
has new kenda nevagls front and rear 2.5 stikey
fsa dh pro head set
truvativ team dh bars, light too
race face x type envolve forged crank and race face bottom bracket and bash guard
truvatic box guide
custom seat from the states a guy from a shop says it looks like a alice cooper seat
titec seat post
shimano tigra deraulier with deore clicker
has new scram chain and new shimano cassette
odi red grips
a Weekend Warrior
from New Hampsha USA
Date Reviewed: June 18, 2009
Strengths: strong, stiff, lots of travel, good pedaler, very adjustable
Weaknesses: very heavy, pivot just started to squeak
i originally got the bike for dhing and drops, but i dont do that much anymore. with an avy on the rear i could plow thru anything without a flinch. drops were handled easily as well. now i have it setup for xc with a dual ring, weighs in at 46lbs. cant go much lighter without spending big money. will work as a casual xc rig, but i need to buy a lighter bike with less travel if im serious about long rides
perfect bike for what i originally bought it for. doable bike for what i use it for now
Bike Setup: super t, avy dhs-ti, outlaws, minion 2.35, dual ring...this is my xc rig now. using the 16.8" chainstay, very flickable
a Weekend Warrior
from olympia, washington, usa
Date Reviewed: June 8, 2009
Strengths: totally unbreakable. the thing is a complete beast. pretty sexy too when its set up right. when your ripping down steep technical stuff it feels like you are riding on rails. awesome bike. suspension design soaks up every little bump, but reacts well on larger drops as well. when your bombing down steep stuff the bike feels like weighs 20 pounds
Weaknesses: i guess its a little heavy, 48 pounds with my set up, but you get used to it.
awesome bike. totally confidence building. took it up to colonnade recently and the thing was a beast. if you set it up right and DONT put a huge seat, 3.0 wide tires, and super monsters on it, its actually pretty good on weight. perfect bike for people who arent to worried about crazy modern linkage and downhill bikes that weigh as much as xc bikes. also a perfect bike for larger riders. unbreakable, sexy, and rides like its on rails
Bike Setup: Avid Codes 08, 66 Rc3, stype rims, fox back shox
Date Reviewed: January 13, 2008
Strengths: The frame is really good so far. It takes big hits when on the mountain and just riding around town when i find big drops to hit. The fork is great its a junior T and the welds are great on the bike.
Weaknesses: Havn't found one yet.
The bike perform's outstanding its a great bike for doing downhill riding or racing and a outstanding freeride bike if you like to do downhill this is the bike for you because it is a great bike for that sport its one of the most top of the line downhill bikes you can get, so get one.
Similar Products Used: santa cruz bullit(perfect freeride bike) giant warp belfa bb7 norco(several series) etc
a Weekend Warrior
from edmonton, alberta,canada
Date Reviewed: December 8, 2007
Strengths: crazy strength, great components, good price for what you get.
Weaknesses: s-type rims are strong but not strong enough to match the rest of the bike.
this bike has the best price tag out of all of the seriouse freeride/downhill bikes. It is stonger, heavier , nicer and cheaper than all the others. i have owned many top of the line bikes from the demo 8 to the team DH canondale judge and park edition a-line and this one is better than the all.