The new Banshee Scratch is designed to be the missing link from BMX to freeriding. Its ½ BMX bike and ½ mountain bike, with our exclusive morphing geometry and a chassis that's burly enough to carry the Banshee name. The scratch frame is 100% heat treated cro-moly and re-enforced with a Rad style down tube, extensive gusseting and grind guards on the chain stays. Its seat stays are uniquely curved to provide optimal shock absorption for big landings. The scratch rear end fits 14mm single speed or 10mm multi speed hubs, rim or disc brakes and up to 24x3.0 or 26x2.8 tires. The Scratch builds up from 35 to 35lb. 3 sizes fit riders from 4'8 to 6'6.
Strengths: The bike is nice when it come to talking big hits. Also handles nice when your in the air. I ride the bike for Dj/ Street and its been unreal so far. Manuals on this bike is dream i find it takes no effort just lean back and pump. My friends have driven it aswell and they say its the closest thing to a bmx theyve riden. I rode an NS subburban and this bike still feels more bmx like than the NS.
Weaknesses: The axle is a pain in the ass once its set dont touch it because it hard to fine tune when the tire is adjusted. It is a heavy bike but itll just make the next bike easier because it dose have some wieght to it. The cockpit is a little tight but its good for turn downs and barspins..
This is an unreal bike period. the only thing is the axle and the weight. If the axle was easy to adjust and it shaved about a pound or two this bike would be mint. But you would lose the ridgidness of the frame aand how solid of a bike it is. I highly recommend this bike but not the someone just learning this bike is for someone who isnt afraid to go huge and has skill
a Weekend Warrior
from Jakarta, Indonesia
Date Reviewed: May 31, 2010
Strengths: Strong frame, burly look, can put 10mm or 14mm axle for rear wheel, can do any posible set-up from street to freeride, but my recent set-up just for street riding.
Weaknesses: Weight, look overbuilt, need a lots of time to remove and install rear wheel.
I love this frame very well, because i can make set-up with a lot choise to choose for my need, Flexibility is the value for it. Although i know maybe i never ride freeride but at least i've a toys to do it (maybe, hahha...). For now i only use it for street riding, a lot my friend says it has good feel, though it weight a lot but still easy to hop.
But, it's no longer available as new. Find the used one, and feel it then you'll love it.
Bike Setup: '08 Scratch frame, '08 Marz DJ2 lowered to 70mm, FUNN bar and stem, Fusion 3-pieces crank, Animal hamilton plastic pedal, Spez fuse saddle, Spez Ryhtm tyre and Compound tyre.
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2008
Strengths: THE and i will repeat that.... THE burliest bike that has come upon my eyes! The frame is a great design that allows for a more bmx sit. The bike is bullet proof and has a very burly paint job on it. A great bike for those looking for something fresh and new.
Weaknesses: ITS NOT MADE HERE ANYMORE! The bike is not made for North America anymore, but there has been talk of a european version IN WHITE! If you are looking to make this bike into that badass dirtjumper with the chain guide a a burly 3 piece external bracket think again. I have put a lot of time working on this bike for the bottom bracket to work on it. Shaved key heads, shaved threads! And also very hard to run saint on it but i worked it out. You have to cut the frame at the rear axel cage so you can fit taht burly saint derailer to that burly bike!
Weaknesses: Overbuilt and thus heavy for its size, this is a side effect of destructionproofing :/
OK, if you are like Ross from WA, read the specs on the bike before you buy it. Talk about what you intend to build with your bike store when you order the frame, so they can tell you if you are doing something stupid b4 u do it :D
The 14mm rear axle is a FEATURE. And a good one for most ppl. This bike can be built into any type of hardtail except pure trials, cuz its so damn heavy. If ur used to a light streetstyle get ready to man up. Also the bike store I went to carried 14mm hubs, its not a big deal :P
Similar Products Used: block8, evil, trials frames, etc badass hardtails
Bike Setup: the one i rode was setup for streetstyle
a Weekend Warrior
from New Hampshire, USA
Date Reviewed: December 31, 2007
Strengths: Very sturdy. Good for chucking. Haven't had a single problem with it yet. Uses American BB which will last forever.
Weaknesses: Hard to manual. Seat is abnormally high is used for DJ or urban. Heavy (but it will never break so that's okay). Awkward feeling compared to other DJ/urban frames.
Good solid frame. Weird to jump at first. Once you get used to it, it's easy to ride with all styles. Still hard o manual. I still haven't heard of anyone breaking this frame. It's basically bomb proof.
Would not recommend to someone only riding urban or DJ
Similar Products Used: None really. The frame set up is far different from anything else I've ever ridden.
Bike Setup: 2006 Banshee Scratch, 2007 Marzocchi DJ 2, Azonic B52 bars, Raceface Evolve DH Stem, FSA PIG DH Headset, FSA Gravity 27.2 Seatpost, Halo SAS rims laced with DT Swiss 14g spokes to Atomic Lab GI hubs, Maxxis Holy Rollers, SS Convertion kit, E-13 Bashgaurd, Shadow Conspiracy 1/2 link chain, Shadow conspiracy seat, Profile DJ cranks
from Abbotsford, B.C., Canada
Date Reviewed: November 7, 2006
Strengths: Amazingly stiff and solid-feeling. The geometry seems to lend itself to dual 24's and a 5 inch fork. The American bb makes for a nice change on a freeride hardtail because the bearings last WAY longer and can take a bigger beating. It also makes running 3 piece cranks a breeze, and we all know that they're tougher than aluminum. The adjustable dropout system is quite versatile, but can make fine-tuning disc brakes a pain. (eliminating disc rub) HUGE bang for your buck. I picked this up for 400 CAD at a shop brand new. Even norco frames arent that cheap.
Weaknesses: Like I mentioned, fine tuning disc brakes is retarded and you have to do it every time you loosen your axle. cromoly frames are a pain in the @$$ to press headset and bb cups into. You cant run a chainguide and the 14mm axle is WAY out of the ordinary.
First things first. This bike was MADE for ss. the frame cant run a chainguide so its near pointless anyways. Also, the bmx bb is a pain to convert to if you've been running mtb components beforehand. Bmx crank spindles arent long enough so you have to run mtb cranks with a bmx bb. The frame itself is stupidly stiff and has lots of tire clearance for whatever kind of setup you might want to run. Banshee customer service is wicked awesome and their products are even better. This is my third banshee bike (I also have a Scream) and they all ride like tanks. A must have for a dj/urban rig or singlespeed freerider. More people should be riding them. They're cheap, too.
Similar Products Used: banshee morphine, norco 125/250
Bike Setup: 05' Large Scratch frame, 05' Marzocchi 66 (170mm), 14mm rear hub, deemax rims, formula front hub, single speed, hays hfx 9 hydros (8') maxxis minion dh specific tires, dmr double rise bars, camo dj seat, pig dh pro headset, and all top end parts
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 7, 2006
Strengths: okay, this frame is pretty much indestructable and if you somehow manage to break it then you've probably already hurt yourself and broke half the parts on it.
Weaknesses: okay, iam not crazy about the american bb because unless your running a singlespeed setup then your gonna have some problems, first off, whichever crank you use, make sure it has a spindle lenght of atleast 6 and 3/4 of an inch or more , secondly, if your using an american to euro converter, use the dmr wondercups because they're designed for any mtb crankset that runs gears on an american/bmx bb, and if your running a chainguide, use a 24 cycles guide or a blackspire one, the 24 cycles guide is cheaper and works great.
like i said, if your running gears research what cranksets have really long spindles and if your crankset is a euro bb and needs to be fit, then use dmr wondercups because they're designed for mtb cranksets that run gears or a chainguide on a bmx bb/american bb.
*never buy axion bb converters, they will extend your bb width to about 80mm and screw you over cuz you won't be able to fit your crankset in. also if your running gears, just remember to use a 10mm bolt on axel, the guy a few reviews down who made a big fuss over the hub obviously didnt do his research and obviosly didnt choose a good bike shop to find the funn hub because not all bike shops have the same distributors, otherwise, just research before you make a choice, i highly recomment a saint crank/dmr wondercups/24 chainguide setup for those who run gears.
Purchased At: IF YOUR CONSIDERING A SCRATCH, READ THIS!!!!
Similar Products Used: none
Bike Setup: banshee scratch, 04 dj1's, dmr wondercups, 24 chainguide, saint cranks, sram X-9.
a Weekend Warrior
from Wellington, New Zealand
Date Reviewed: June 20, 2006
Strengths: Burly as hell! This thing eats drops and jumps for breakfast but still rips at the skatepark!
Weaknesses: Bmx size BB shell doesn't work with some chainguides, check the design of your chainguide first.
This bike is great. With longer travel out full on the dirt it eats everything in its path. With shorter travel or rigid up front the DJ's and Skateparks become your playground and the forgiving nature of cromo irons out any imperfections in your riding ;). If fanging it down a steep track over drops and jumps is your thing then this bike is for you. if ripping up the skatepark is more your style then this bike would also suit. Fairly average for riding uphill but what the hell are you doing trying to ride this type of bike uphill anyway?
Strengths: all around godly, the cro-mo forgives always. and if you buy the complete ( i did) you hardly have to change anything, its already perfect
Weaknesses: i had to modify a crom mo peg with an angle grinder to make it fit the rear dropout, but thats no biggie
if you want a bike that will skatepark, dj, shore, freeride, dh and ds without having to change a damn thing on it, this is the bike. it jumps like nothing ive ever rode, anything i learn on a bmx i can right away do on this bike, it hucks reallly nice ( the rear triangle is designed to flex at high loads, this means smooooth) it manuals like its only meant to have a rear wheel. I LOVE IT. oh ya, and its an affordable bike, ive rode plenty of pricyer bikes i didnt like near as much. with all the parts ive added its at like 1100 usd. not much for such a bike
Similar Products Used: specialized hardrock all modded
Bike Setup: just how it comes complete with the following mods:
rear peg, marzocchi z1 fork, avid bb7 front disc brake, top cap that runs the front brake line titanium braded cables
a Weekend Warrior
from Melbourne Victoria Australia
Date Reviewed: December 1, 2005
Strengths: Strong, adaptable, nimble, adjustable and well thought out. I ride with 24' wheels and it feels like a BMX but forgives like Jesus. Overjump, underjump, land crossed up it don't matter it loves it all.
Weaknesses: Yeah the back wheel thing i suppose but its a small price to pay for mega strong adjustable drop outs and i run DH tubes so flats are virtually a thing of the past
As versatile as James Bond.
Jumps like a dream.
Avoid front tyre wear by manualing everywhere (it does it for you)
If you love BMX but want more options buy it
Stop reading reviews and go out and get yourself one. No I mean now. Seriously!
Favorite Trail: Trogdor, Windsor DJ and urban assult in the city
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Purchased At: Goldcross
Similar Products Used: Norco Sasquach, 125, 250, DMR trailstar, Giant stp and various other hardtails
Bike Setup: DMR moto tyres.
a Weekend Warrior
from Greensboro, NC, USA
Date Reviewed: September 28, 2005
Strengths: Chainstay grind guards (hell yea), gussets at virtually all welds, BMX bottom bracket, 1 1/2" of wheelbase adjusments at rear dropouts, 10 year warranty
Weaknesses: Weaknesses? Are you kidding me? It's a steel Banshee!
The Scratch is one of the most well-engineered, strongest, burliest freeride hardtails I have ever seen, or ridden. The frame is stiff, responsive, stable, and adjustable, and like Banshee says, it can morph to any freeriders style. The grind guards on the chainstays are a nice touch to anyone that rides urban, knowing that you can slam that frame down ona concrete wall and not damage the tubing. I will add more as I log in more hard riding hours on it.
Similar Products Used: Evil D.O.C., Specialized P.1 and P.3, Giant Acid, Giant STP,
Bike Setup: Large Scratch frame;
Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 3 fork Azonic 454 crankarms -- BMX bottom bracket Azonic A-Frame pedals FSA Grinder 36t chainring FSA Pig headset Gusset 18t Deep Tooth rear sprocket Wippermann 1G8 HD Grinding Chain Sun-Ringle Rhyno Lite XL rims NovaTec SS-Disc rear hub Generic Bolt-On front hub Tioga Urban Freestyle (FS100) rear tire Maxxis Holy Roller front tire Truvativ Hussefelt stem 50mm Ritchey Severe Conditions DH handlebar Hayes HFX-9 rear brake only Odyssey Dually grips
from Manchester, NH, USA
Date Reviewed: July 26, 2005
Strengths: This frame is amazing. I bought it because I wanted something strong and with shorter chainstays for manualing. I had a norco 4hun before this and I loved it, but it was just too hard to manual and I always thought the reason for that was me and not the bike. WIthin the first 20 minutes of riding this I was manualing through moguls like nothing. It's burly, easy to throw around, and manuals like a dream.
Weaknesses: It's a little heavy and it takes alot more work to change a rear flat tire. You have to take off the brake and then take off the chain tensioners. And also, it only takes a bolt-on axle. They provide the axle but you need a hub that fits it. But all in all, its strong as hell and thats what comes with weight, it has fully adjustable dropouts so of course its gonna be a little tough to change a tire, and the bolt on axle feels so much more solid. So all in all, there really aren't any weaknesses. This bike kicks ass.
If you love to ride park, street, freeride, or want a bike that can handle some downhill action.... this is it. It's strong, it will solve any manualing problems you thought you had in a matter of minutes, and the top tube is nice and far away from your junk so if you fall, your baby-maker is gonna come out unharmed. Buy it. If you're a weight-weenie then get a road bike.
Bike Setup: 05 banshee scratch, 05 stance statics (100mm w/20mm thru axle) funn 48/24' wheels front and back, funn bars/stem, funn cranks, kmc freeride chain, krads 24' front and back, avid bb7 6' back, (singlespeed and only back brake)
Weaknesses: it's not free...it's too burly, I won't be feeding my upgradeitis for years.
Perfect thrash bike. Dirt jumps, urban, you name it and you'll be scratching your head wondering why you didn't get one sooner. If you're on the fence (as I was for many months), quit being a beeatch and get one, then you will know what I mean when I say nothing even comes close! As for that tweener that was all pissed about the hub, worry 'bout it. These bikes are bad, made for men that don't cry when it ain't picture perfect, sometimes you crash, most of the time you land, always figure out what you'll need before you buy. I'm giving it 5 flaming babies for value, and 5 burning hippies overall!