Banshee Bikes Scythe Freeride Full Suspension

4.86/5 (22 Reviews)
MSRP : $1429.99


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Product Description

The Scythe capturesThe spirit ofToughness. It was madeTo beTheTool ofTheTrade forThe no nonsense rider. Nothing stops Scythe riders from gettingToTheTrails. Everything onThis bike is engineeredTo let you ride it hard, withstandThe elements, all with minimal maintenance. You dont needToTreatThis bike with any respect, but you can always count on itTo get you home.Features: Adjustable geometry: Go from FreerideTo DHTo suit your riding environment AdjustableTravel: Go from 8"To 7"To suit your s


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nasmasha 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).

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Hard to say, but fond of Freight Train-Duffman-Schleyer-Lower Crank it Up-Heart of Darkness.

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $4800.00

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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mountaingoat111 a Downhiller from Hell Paso Texass

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2011

Strengths:    AWESOME , stiff , tracks awesome, pedals awesome !!!

Weaknesses:    NONE...

Bottom Line:   
Banshee Bikes is an awesome company !!! The bikes are great !! Go buy some !!!

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Favorite Trail:   TNT trail at RCFP

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Banshee

Similar Products Used:   Bullit and Scream

Bike Setup:   888 , Sun MTX , Zocchi rear shock , Truvativ cranks..

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kane a Downhiller 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.

Bottom Line:   
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

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Favorite Trail:   outlook

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   second hand from dea

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

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rockhucker 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.

Bottom Line:   
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

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Favorite Trail:   Chainsmoke, Dogbone

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Similar Products Used:   Banshee Scream, RM7

Bike Setup:   2010 Scythe Frame, '10 888, Hope V2's, Mavic 729 w/Hadleys

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RBrady 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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   National Trail Phoenix, AZ

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1750.00

Purchased At:   Local shop

Similar Products Used:   Foes Inferno and Foes Fly

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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by krisdaphrk 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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Freeborn

Similar Products Used:   Banshee Scream

Bike Setup:   Lowest settings, Shiver fork, Saint brakes and cranks, Nukeproof hubs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fighterkyle a Downhiller from Seattle, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2010

Strengths:    Pedals great, but still plush

Weaknesses:    some brake jack on the rough stuff

Bottom Line:   
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

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Favorite Trail:   Motoguzzi

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Similar Products Used:   iron horse yakuza

Bike Setup:   Boxxer team, hayes components, rockshoxx vivid

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DQ a Weekend Warrior from UK

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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Demo 8

Bike Setup:   888 RC2 up front, and DHX coil at the back, running in 8" DH suspension mode

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gruntled a Racer from Illawarra, Australia

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2009

Strengths:    Four bikes in one! (Seriously, all the settings really do work!)

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
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 :)

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by msisle1 a Downhiller 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   PHD

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Bullit
Santa Cruz VP-Free


Bike Setup:   Totem 1.5", Fox DHX 5.0

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by akbali a Downhiller from Bali, Indonesia

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2009

Strengths:    Great look - I have the Team color!
Nice - stiff and strong,
Fantastic suspension feel,
Comfortable and fast geometry,
travel settings 7" and 8", FR and DH
Great aftersales service


Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Great balance between FR and DH with adjustable settings. One day a killer FR bike - turns on the spot the next day a fast DH racer - super stable!

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Favorite Trail:   Bedugul

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   BaliMountainbike & A

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz VP-free

Bike Setup:   Totem, Hammerschmidt, SRAM X.9, Mavic EX823 rims with DT Swiss FR hubs, Gamut, Chromag handlebar, Chromag saddle, Schwalbe tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SeVV a Downhiller from Gdansk, Poland

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2009

Strengths:    It looks pretty god. The bike is really adjustable tahnks to frame. Suspension works perfectly. The construction is really tought but it isn`t too heavy.

Weaknesses:    Don`t know any weaknessess.

Bottom Line:   
I really recomend Banshee scythe for hardcore freeride. It fulfils its duty. This frame will never let You down !

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Favorite Trail:   Sopot Smolna

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   7anna

Similar Products Used:   I didn`t see similar products yet.

Bike Setup:   Manitou travis single 180, Funn Hooka DH, NS bad, e*13 SRS.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Brooks a Downhiller 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

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Favorite Trail:   harper mtn

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

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

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Am3erSCYTHE a Downhiller 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.

Bottom Line:   
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...

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Favorite Trail:   Mont Kiara

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Fakawi Bikes

Similar Products Used:   haro extreme X7

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

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris h a Weekend Warrior from england

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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   kinver/cwm carn

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Freeborn England

Similar Products Used:   KONA STINKY BANSHEE SCREAM SANTA CRUZ JACKAL BANSHEE WILDCARD MY OTHER BIKE AND ITS AWSOME

Bike Setup:   SMALL TEAM FRAME SOLO AIR TOTEMS 1.5 STEARER,MAVIC 729S JUICY 7S,POLISHED DIABLOUS CRANKS DEITY BAR AND SADDLE AND OTHER STRONG STUFF

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2013 Scythe Build & ride report. (Picture heavy)

[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] [COLOR=#333333]And fo ... Read More »

Scythe Geometry???

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 »

Scythe Build

[IMG]http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=726120&stc=1&d=1348505769[/IMG] Yee Haw!!Read More »

83mm crank mod on scythe, pics inside

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 »

New Scythe Build .... AngleSet?

Howdy. 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. Any opinions? Peace Out!Read More »

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