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a Weekend Warrior
from North Vancouver, BC
Date Reviewed: August 4, 2011
Strengths: Geometry - aggressive yet agile; adjustable; durable (this bike is not treated gently and other than 1 pivot bolt breaking in 2 years of park riding, I've had no issues at all (knock on wood))
Weaknesses: Not super heavy, but there are lighter comparable bikes out there. Reasonably expensive (but you get what you pay for IMHO).
This is a lively and nimble DH rig that will eat up as much steep and dirty as you can feed it. I generally keep mine in the long-and-low 7" travel position and ride mostly at Whistler, Silverstar and on Cypress. My Scythe feels just as much at home on jump trails and stunt trails as it does carving berms and gobbling up rock gardens. I hope we are together for a long time.
Favorite Trail: Hard to say, but fond of Freight Train-Duffman-Schleyer-Lower Crank it Up-Heart of Darkness.
Duration Product Used: 2 Years
Purchased At: On Top Bike Shop
Similar Products Used: Specialized Big Hit, Rocky Mountain Switch, Norco A-line
Bike Setup: Fox 40RC2 fork, DHX 5.0 shock, Avid Juicy 7 brakes, SRAM x.9 rear, MRP G2 chainguide, Truvativ Hozfeller cranks, Axiom Road Gap pedals, Sun Rim S-type wheels, Kenda Nevegal tires, Easton Monkeybars and a sweet .243 racing stem I won in a raffle.
Bike Setup: 888 , Sun MTX , Zocchi rear shock , Truvativ cranks..
from north coast NSW Australia
Date Reviewed: April 13, 2011
Strengths: The bike handles great, pedals great. The geometry/travel adjustments work well and makes heaps of difference. It looks good. Not every one has one. They are cheap
Weaknesses: Now i love my Scythe but there are weaknesses (literally) The frames crack at the bottom bracket/seat post junction. I know of 2 scythes that this has happened to(including mine)and a frame repairer said it is common. My bike has also developed a hair line crack on the bottom drive side chain stay, i also know of another scythe this has happened to. And this next one may be my fault but i have heard of 2 other banshee frames breaking here. I came off a pretty fast large jump/drop hit a foot deep pot hole and cracked the frame just below the cable guides which sit above the top shock mount. Given this was a pretty heavy stack but my 09 boxxers survived and so did my front wheel and i would have though both would have given way before the frame. The other weakness is that the rear suspension doesn't work to well under brakes, but this is pretty minor.Bear in mind that i bought my scythe second hand and it had been raced for a season so who knows what happpened to it before i got my hands on it.
The banshee scythe is a great frame to ride, the adjustability makes it really versatile.Very well priced, I looked for a new frame when i broke mine and anything comparable was a couple of grand for a frame only so i got mine fixed for a couple of hundred instead. The frame is fairly light but i feel it needs extra gusseting especially at the seat post/bottom bracket junction. Even with the issues ive had i think its great and i would recomend the frame, it rides well as both a downhill bike and a free ride. the extra off set i got with the reducer cups has made it handle the downhills even better. If banshee were to release one with a bit of extra strength ide buy it straight away and recommend them to every body. But because of the breakage issues ive had i have to subract 2 chillies
Similar Products Used: Im sure theres some about but i havn't ridden any of them
Bike Setup: Fox DHX 5.0 shock(coil), 2009 boxxer teams running in a 1.5 degree off set cane creek head set. Shimano xt brakes, sramx9 shifting, saint cranks e13 tacho chain device,some heavy old rims
a Weekend Warrior
from Sacramento, CA
Date Reviewed: September 20, 2010
Strengths: Lightweight, stiff, active suspension, and hadles very well
Weaknesses: Headangle is more aimed at freeride than downhill so I would reccomend a Cane Creek angle set to get your angles slacker for DH.
A very solid bike that is able to rip downhill while still being able to be an agressive freeride bike. I would strongly reccomend this bike if your into drops, jumps, and rock gardens since it does these things very well. I have pedaled this bike up quite a few hills but it really is a chore and I wouldn't reccomend it unless theres some solid downhill at the top. I have my bike built up pretty burly and it weighs 43LBS but it wouldn't be hard to drop well under 40 with the proper part spec.
Solid, strong, lightweight, and of course really fun to ride= awesome value.
Thanks Banshee again
a Weekend Warrior
from Gilbert, AZ
Date Reviewed: September 4, 2010
Strengths: Great strength to weight ratio. Suspension feels bottomless.
Weaknesses: Havent found any yet. Very solid frame w the 150 rear and the 1.5 headset
Been on several bikes in my 20 plus years of hard riding. So far Banchee Skythe is by far my favorite. Looking to soon replace Fox shock w custom Elka w ti spring. Should be the icing on the Birthday cake.
Bike Setup: Marzocchi 66 Ti, Hammer Schmidt, I9s w stans wheels, x9 drivetrain, straiteline stem, Diety Dirty Thirtys, cane creek 110 1.5, Elixir Cr 8 inch frt and back, etc.
a Weekend Warrior
from Burgas, Bulgaria
Date Reviewed: May 21, 2010
Strengths: Light and durable also at very reasonable price. Great function and low maintainance.
Weaknesses: None found yet
First time i opened the box i noticed the clean lines and quality of details that are specific for Banshee. Frame looks really simple first sight but after that you start to realize its well engineered. Felt light in my hands. Got i assembled with low stack headset and a DC fork set to 555a2c and front end feels great in terms of stability in corners or tech sections. On the 7" DH setting rear end feels really lively and tight and a bit more stable than the 8" setting. Once you set your rear shock right with a proper amount of compression to not compress unnecessarily after passing obstacles and proper amount of rebound damping to track the terrain better, you will get good amount of confidence to ride more aggressively. Feels like its utilizing more travel over obstacles letting the energy escape somehow easily and not bring harsh feel. Linkage feels progressive enough and not too much, gives confidence for big stuff. Pedaling is is quite unique and i was amazed how independently the rear end was reacting under pedaling. Never felt pedal kickback on landings or riding over big rocks. Under braking it performs good enough for me because i always trying to do braking when i should. It provides enough maneuverability in occasional bottom out if you need to do an emergency change of direction. Bearings are still like new after a season. My advice - don`t spend too much money for something fancy and flashy. Save more money for riding. Get this one and you wont be disappointed cos function here is over fashion.
Bike Setup: Lowest settings, Shiver fork, Saint brakes and cranks, Nukeproof hubs.
from Seattle, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: May 20, 2010
Strengths: Pedals great, but still plush
Weaknesses: some brake jack on the rough stuff
This bike has done great on the techy rough downhill trails but i also love to take it to the jumps and more freeride stuff. It's my only bike and i take it on the XC trails near my house and it does great. don't get me wrong, you're not taking it on the epic 30 mile rides but its gonna do fine at your local state park. This bike is good at most types of riding and GREAT at the more extreme stuff
Bike Setup: Boxxer team, hayes components, rockshoxx vivid
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 6, 2009
Strengths: The Scythe is a fun bike that tames the toughest downhill courses.
Jumps very well
simple, strong and stiff
There is a reason I now own 3 banshee's (mythic here in UK). their products are as good as any out there, and their customer service and attitude is secnd to none.
Weaknesses: I snapped a bolt head off... but you get a spares kit with the frame so was an easy replacement. In fairness I had overtightened it
I'm not a DH racers by any means, but I do feel I can ride faster on this bike than I ever have before. What I really love about this bike however is the way you can jump it around the trail with ease, and how good it feels on big jumps. it inspires confidence, and I've had a great summer on this beast, inclding a week in the french alps. The rune is a great choice for a DH worthy bike that is fun to ride.
Bike Setup: 888 RC2 up front, and DHX coil at the back, running in 8" DH suspension mode
from Illawarra, Australia
Date Reviewed: July 20, 2009
Strengths: Four bikes in one! (Seriously, all the settings really do work!)
Simple, strong, light and adjustable. I use the FR setting when I want a really "sharp" responding bike, and the DH setting for when more slack and deeper sag is required. Each of the settings creates a new feel to the bike, but the essence of the Scythe is fast, agile, light, responsive.... and it pedals very well too. I keep a granny ring on mine and can get up long and steep climbs, almost like a XC bike. The frame has proven itself VERY solid, and all the pivots and bearings are like new, with only one greasing. I ride this bike offroad at least 5 days a week, and have punished it severely, and competitively in many DH races. It remains immaculate.
Bottom Line: I cannot fault the Scythe for a DH/FR bike (which is also somehow amazing on XC trails). This bike is the King on my stable. For a pure DH race machine I'd choose the Legend; for more versatility choose the Scythe.
And then try and wipe that silly grin off your face :)
Similar Products Used: Many different DH and FR bikes. This is my "do everything" bike, and is the best so far (outshines my Ventana La Bruja for FR, for example, and keeps up with my Turner DHR at the same time on DH).
Bike Setup: Full XTR, Fox DHX with Diverse Ti spring, Totem Solo Air.
from Vancouver, Canada
Date Reviewed: July 11, 2009
Strengths: Simple, bombproof and confidence inspiring, sum it up. The adjustments make a noticeable difference to head angle so easy to setup how you like it. Ridden it hard for an entire year at Whistler and the North Shore, with no maintenance and still running sweet! What more could you ask for?
Weaknesses: The frame came with an allen key seat clamp, rather than a QR clamp. This bike pedals well uphill, and has an uninterrupted seat tube so why not speck it with QR clamp? After all, uplifts aren't available all the time! Yep that's it.
A brilliant bike that keeps you riding all year round without requiring time consuming maintenance. The geometry and suspension is so good and confidence inspiring that you soon find yourself hitting bigger and gnarlier terrain without a seconds thought.
Similar Products Used: I didn`t see similar products yet.
Bike Setup: Manitou travis single 180, Funn Hooka DH, NS bad, e*13 SRS.
from Kamloops BC Canada
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2009
Strengths: one of the biggest strengths of the banshee scythe is its adjustability. having the ability to not only adjust your travel setting from 7 to 8, but also having the ablility to differentiate between a freeride and downhill geometry in each travel setting is an uncommon trait in most bicycles. unlike most bikes, the downhill and freeride settings on the scythe have a noticably different feel, which make it almost like owning two bikes in one. the scythe is also extremly durable. having a limited amount of pivots while remaining functional keeps the bike running smooth and relatively maintenance free. i have sent mine off of some of the worlds biggest gaps and it still runs like new.
Weaknesses: what can i say... the bike is solid. if i had to make a suggestion, I would say that a slightly better build kit should be available, but that has nothing to do with the frame
if you are looking for an extremely durable bike that you can race, or freeride as hard as you want this is the bike for you. if you feel like you past bike have required overly complicated maintenance or simply broke down on you, then this bike will keep you happy. last but not least if you want something that is adjustable then go buy this bike!
Similar Products Used: never had anything like it.
Bike Setup: rock shock totem fork, manitou rear shock, funn bar, funn stem, funn hooka dh cranks, gamut chain guide, sram x7 drive train, avid juicy 5 brakes, alex rims, and wtb tire set
from Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Date Reviewed: August 12, 2008
Strengths: very stable cornering, pedalling efficiency..the geometry is nicely designed...l like the maxle 150mm rear hub...with easy to find 73mm bb and the super strong 1.5" headtube...moreover, the bike is easy to handle n recover..
Weaknesses: for the mean time, can't see any.
such a good bike and worth the money spend...u can really save up weight...well a nice FR/DH bike for the reasonable price...7@8 inch setup for DH@FR...n this bike is easy to flick around....
Design wise also simple but everything is nice n geometry is also good...
banshee special tubing also provides stronger frame..no doubt if u have ever though of nuying this, go ahead..don't think twice...
Bike Setup: Boxxer race, Shimano deore hydraulic. Syncros integrated stem, syncros bulk bar, n syncros 1.5" headset...mavic 721 rims with da bomb hubs, 09 DHX5.0, truvativ runktion crankset with the boxguide
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 7, 2008
Strengths: THIS BIKE IS TOTALLY SORTED IT CAN DO DOWNHILL BIG DROPS BIG GAPS YOU NAME IT
AND THE HARDER YOU RIDE IT THE BETTER.I HAVE THE TEAM BLACK AND POLISHED FRAME WHICH LOOKS VERY COOL.THE WELDS ARE FANTASTIC ESPECIALLY ON THE POLISHED PART AS YOU CAN SEE THEM CLEARLY.IT AS A REALLY PLUSH FEEL TO THE TRAVEL COMPARED TO THE SCREAM AND I FIND IT IS BETTER SUITED TO DOWNHILL THAN THE SCREAM WAS AND JUST AS CAPABLE OF BIG STUFF.THE HEAD TUBE IS HUGE AND I AM RUNNING 1.5 TOTEM SOLO AIR WHICH REALLY SUITS IT.THE SHOCK ADJUSTABILTY IS A BIG PLUS IT REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE TO THE HANDLING,EVERY ONE LOOKS TWICE AT THE BIKE AND ALWAYS ASKS QUESTIONS ABOUT IT.IN MY OPINION IT IS THE BEST EXTREME FREERIDE BIKE OUT THERE.
Weaknesses: SHOULD COME WITH A FREE TRIP TO WHISTLER
BOTOM LINE IS THIS BIKE IS BEEFY BUT WITH THE HYDROFORMED TUBES AND 1.5 HEAD TUBE IT IS VERY MODERN LOOKING,IT IS VERY QUICK OFF THE MARK AND IS THE PERFECT BIKE FOR STOMPING BIG STUFF,IT REALLY CO,MES INTO ITS OWN WHEN PUSHED HARD,THE DOWNHILL AND FREERIDE SETTINGS ARE COOL AND DO EXACTLY WHAT THEY SAY DO A JUMP IN BOTH SETTINGS AND FEEL THE DIFERENCE.I HAVE TRIED OUT LOTS OF BIKES AND NOTHING COMES CLOSE TO THIS,AND THE PRICING IS OUT OF THIS WORLD,I WOULD PUT THIS AGAINST ANY INTENSE OR SANTA CRUZ FRAME FOR QUALITY AND STRENTH AND THE SUPPORT FROM BANSHEE IS SECOND TO NONE ALL WITHOUT THE PISS TAKE PRICE TAG.NO ONE COMES CLOSE TO BANSHE AT THE MOMENT IN MY OPINION.
[COLOR=#333333]Its been a long time coming, but it is finally complete. Just installed the last part tonight. Photos are crappy, I will take some more pictures when I am out riding on the weekend.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]Thanks for looking! --- for more pics see below...[/COLOR]
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I could not understand what is the bb height of the Scythe frame if i have 180 mm fork and 7 inch rear suspension.
And what will be with 200mm at front and 8 inch rear suspention.
Any one can help?
Another question, can I put to chain rings in front so i could pedal with it? how does it pedal ... Read More »
anyone recognize the chain massively grinding the bashring on the smallest gear on the Scythe? well this is 1 of the only problems I think this bike has. the inside of my bashring is pretty nackerd because of this and also the chain actually grinds the 2nd smallest cog under power and reverse freewh ... Read More »
Building a Scythe with a Triple Clamp for lifts and shuttles.
Thinking of an Angleset to slack out DH 8" setting. Or just run 7" DH setting and standard headset.
Peace Out!Read More »