Banshee Bikes Morphine 2003 Hardtail

4.97/5 (30 Reviews)
MSRP : $599.00


Product Description

The Banshee Morphine comes in 3 sizes:
As you will notice these frames have fairly long top tubes and head tubes, to help coax you into a smaller size. If you're going to do a lot of pedaling and climbing to get where you want to go, get a bigger one. If you're dirt jump hucking and freeriding, get a smaller one.

Prices:
Frame Only: $599 (US)
Gucci Spec: $2299 (US)


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by braeden a Weekend Warrior from british columbia

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2005

Strengths:    EVERYTHING! this bike rocks. so easy to pop up the front end. this thing is bombproof and could probably suck up anything. plus the 10 year warranty. dude the red is sic too.

Weaknesses:    all the lame questions about how great this bike is...

Bottom Line:   
SWEET! this bike is the best one ive ever ridden. it can probably ride the same things a fully does... if you can suck it up. banshee has deffinitely found a winner. this thing could huck anything. a great bike buy it today.

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Favorite Trail:   anything fast

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   cyclelogic

Bike Setup:   16"frame, sun double tracks, manitou stance kingpins, fsa xdrive BB & cranks, fsa headset, handle bars, love tires 3.0 rear, 2.7 front. envy bashguard, shimano stuff...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by lucas mann a Downhiller from crawley / england

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2005

Strengths:    very nimble tuff and hell its like rideing a tank with the handeling of a sports car perfict for drops, gaps, dh, dirt jumps you name it the morphine will love it all

Weaknesses:    so tuff that crap bb can snap on big drops and rear wheel if not very good can buckle easly but a good strong bb and a atomlab trail pimp wheel and its sorted

Bottom Line:   
if ur into all round free ride or any riding thats tuff and you want to be hard core and ride proper not some wossy old fullys then get a morphine ur skills will grow and u will be smoth and able to huck and jump even dh like a mad man and you will ruil the trails

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   freeborn bikes

Similar Products Used:   p3,nerve freek,kee wee

Bike Setup:   dule 24 trail pimps with 2.6 rear tyer and 3 front with 2003 monster ts only good fork for a morhine

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Weekend Warrior from Westchester

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2005

Strengths:    "do anything hardatail" it lives up to the name, I am too old to ever learn to ride hard enough to break it. Gets more attention from other riders than anything else in its price range.

Weaknesses:    I've really come to enjoy riding bikes with rear shocks lately

Bottom Line:   
I was using this bike last winter as my freeride/all mountain bike. Hardtail is the only way to go in winter mud & crud. I had it set set up really sweet with Sun Rhyno Lites, Sherman Firefly (90/130mm), Easton vice headset, 31.8 Easton riser bars, some Specialized Roller RS pro tires. It was awesome (a little heavy chasing my buddy up hills, he's in better shape than me and his bike probably weighs 27lbs). It corners so awesomely with fork at 90mm setting. I dumped money into my Kona Dawg this spring (RP3, Talas Fork, Crossmax wheels, BETD linkage) which made that bike feel too "cross country" blasting down hills. I had to take the the firefly fork, Sun wheels, and Easton bars and headset off the Banshee to "fix" the Kona (It is actually now really sweet, a little heavy sprinting uphill)
That's how the Banshee ended up with it's current pitiful components (it's a pretty nice cross country hardtail right now). I don't ever plan have a bike without a 20mm front axle again (too much flex), unless it is a cross country race bike.
Crossmax wheels (really nice, too cross country) are on my girlfriend's bike (she loves them, I outweigh her by about 60 lbs and ride a lot harder). Talas fork is headed for her bike, too.
I want to get a Marzocchi 66 for my Big Hit (or a lighter 170mm fork if one comes out any time soon). If I do, I will probably put my Junior T on the Banshee. This will be the beginnng of setting it up as a freeride/downhill hardtail. I am sure it will do just as well with this set up as it has with the others.

Bottom line: This is an awesome hardtail. It will do anything you set it up for. There was something really awesome about blasting it around turns with a 90mm fork and 20mm front axle. If you want to do downhill on a hardtail you better have some strong legs.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Raleigh M-40, Kona Dawg, Specialized Big Hit - not really like any of these, but can be set up any way you want

Bike Setup:   Currently: Fox Talas 130 fork, Hayes HFX-9's, Michelin 2.5's, Race Face Evolve DH cranks, XT derailleurs & shifters, low end Mavic wheels that came stock on my 2003 Kona Dawg, Koski stem, Answer Pro-Taper bars, flat pedals, WTB seat.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason from tywyn, uk

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2005

Strengths:    everthing love this bike the geo the looks the way it handles.it's so strong i was riding jnts on it until last week now i got shiver sc for street when i go down hill il just change back.love doing drops on this bike i hit 9 foot to flat with easy (not bosting half u probaly done double that by now) so sweet for down hill sets your wait nicely over the back. some people say there heavy well it is but who cares if u get the guts u can hit 30 foot drop on it u pay what you get.

Weaknesses:    you got to get of it to eat or your wheels die beneath it.

Bottom Line:   
if your the kind person who loves going big get this bike it want let u down ever!.but please dont get one just so you can look good give it the respect it deservse.

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Favorite Trail:   this place called corris

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   free born uk sit thats500 uk pounds by the way

Similar Products Used:   is saracen mantra similar

Bike Setup:   03 banshee morphine (obviously), shiver sc or 03 jnts, sas, 03 hope m4 fr, 05 hope mini mono re, diablous every thing -seat post, e13 bash gaurd azonic x pedals, single speed set up.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott a Downhiller from Vancouver, WA

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2005

Strengths:    Bomb proof.Indestructible. You'll break components before you'll break the frame.

Weaknesses:    the frame wieghs 6.5 lbs and the paint chips easy, but it's a downhill bike so who cares.

Bottom Line:   
This frame kicks a** it's the best hardtail out there for freeride. It will take anything you through at it and will beg for more. I blew up a singltrack rear wheel and it didn't phase the frame.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $495.00

Purchased At:   Moores Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Specialized P series, 24 Le toy 3

Bike Setup:   Junior T fork mag 30 wheels king headset truvativ stylo team cranks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Downhiller from Collegeville, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2004

Strengths:    It is the best hardtail frame ever. Super stiff and handles anything. It handles big drops like it is a full suspension bike. The "Morphing" geometry is awsome, it allows you to set it up to you riding style. The ability to put a dual clamp fork on it is awsome, I have a JRT on mine and it rocks. It handles great. You can not even tell it is a heavy frame!!!!!!

Weaknesses:    A little expensive for just a frame but it is WELL worth it. It is hard to find a chainguide that fits good w/o putting on a wider BB. E-13 is the only one I found to work, but E-13 chainguides rock!!!

Bottom Line:   
It is by far the best hardtail ever I would give it a 1000 flamin' Chilis if i could. WELL worth every cent. There is no comparsion. Not a bit of flex anywhere. It is the best of the best. Hey its Banshee what eles do you expect. Highly recomended bike.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   first TRUE harcore hardtail, and what a great choice.

Bike Setup:   04 JRT 170mm fork, sun rhino lite wheels, shimano deore, maxxis tires, E-13 chainguide, hayes mechanical disc brakes, truvativ BB and cranks, Cane Creek headset, haro grips, specialized bars, snafu seat.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Taylor a Downhiller from Newbury, NH, US

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2004

Strengths:    Made by Banshee (what more do I need to say?)

Weaknesses:    None that I have found yet.

Bottom Line:   
BANSHEE's are some of the best bikes so you should get on one. The morphine is probly the best hardtail free riding bikes made, there are a few that are close to it but there are a couple (evil imperial). this is a great bike for all it is strong and will last for ever the geometry is near perfect for freeriding. I think it is a hardtailers dream bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Sunapee DH

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Sunapee DH race (vendor)

Similar Products Used:   Haro Escape 8.2 (first real mountain bike)

Bike Setup:   Morphine frame, Marzocchi procoil(temperary fork), trailpimps 26' and 24'on xt disc hubs,2.5 in front 3' in rear. syncros headset (bomb proof), hussefelt stem handle bars, Hayes disc's, raceface signiture dh bb, fsa crank, crank brothers mallet c pedals, shimano xt rear derailler.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matt from port alberni

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2004

Strengths:    really solid. goe is sweet.gussetts are every where. overall is a awesome frame.

Weaknesses:    yellow is gay. horziontal drop outs.

Bottom Line:   
really nice bike. i dont really like hard tails all tham much though. i would definatly recmoned this to and 1 looking for a nice hardtail.

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Favorite Trail:   whistler

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   kona roast.

Bike Setup:   super t's,hayes mags,trail pimps.....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zack from california

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2004

Strengths:    everything

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   
best hardtail ever. I LOVE BANSHEE!!! some dude said this wasnt for shorter people. im 15, 5'7" and i rolled a 15 footer on it no problem. im about to customize a Banshee Scream. ill never get another bike again.

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Favorite Trail:   the shore

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   QBP

Similar Products Used:   k2 flying monkey

Bike Setup:   race face evolve crank,blackspire chain guide,manitou sherman slider(04),sun rims, maxxis minion tires, hayes 8 inch disks, azonic ultra cross bars,titec EL NORTE saddle and stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Downhiller from Chatsworth, CA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2004

Strengths:    Stiff, not too heavy considering how beefy it is

Weaknesses:    Stiff (easier to break wheels, not to mention your back)

Bottom Line:   
Totally awesome! Manuals so well you dont even have to think about it. The stiffness is great, and when you point it downhill it fits its role beautifully.

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Favorite Trail:   G-spot

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Valley Bicycles

Bike Setup:   SHerman slider, race face north shore dh cranks, hope hubs,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Maxx Hillson a Downhiller from Thousand Oaks, California, USA

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2004

Strengths:    First off just awesome bike. Has exellent frame and strength. Fits everything that i've set it up with nicely.

Weaknesses:    sort of spendy considering that i could have bought an ellsworth joker for less

Bottom Line:   
Really awesme hardtail, great strength and overall quality for basically everything especially downhill freeride and some dirt jumping. I have used this bike a lot and have mainly used it for downhill and freeride, bike stands everything. 20 foot drops no problem, yet is very nice to have a hard tail so up hills are possible. If your buying a bike then look at the demo's for sale on www.bansheebikes.com but if you are looking i'd definently look at ellsworth joker because at least for me, that would have been a smart alturnative.

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Favorite Trail:   anything with good downhill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   bansheebikes.com

Similar Products Used:   sinister specialized p2

Bike Setup:   marzocchi zr1 fork sun doubles basically stock from how it was bought

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by harvey a Weekend Warrior from hick or e

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2004

Strengths:    built strong, good geometry

Weaknesses:    chain suck sucks! need new cranks to solve problem

Bottom Line:   
one heck of a bike. will take anything you give it. if you want a good hardtail, buy a schwinn or something. if you want a bad ass hardtail that you can do almost anything on, buy a morphine!

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Favorite Trail:   all of them

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   18" frame, 2002 super t, doublewides+michelin2.8front+Intense2.7rear, zip tied rear brake and front derallieur, spliced cable housing.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chance a Downhiller from Hollis,ME,USA

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2004

Strengths:    Price,bombproof,looks,morphing geometry,ride feel, just about everything

Weaknesses:    If your really weight consious this bike may not be ideal. Also the cable routing is a bit strange

Bottom Line:   
The local dowhill mountain called it quites this year and I'm not man enought to pedal my DH bike through the local trails. I wanted a bike that I could jump, drop, and beat the hell out of but I needed to be able pedal it so I felt a burly hardtail was in order. I looked at Evil's Imp but it seemed too urban/park biased. Sinister's ridge looks great but was 250 bucks more. The morphine feels alot lighter than it is. I'll probably use it for x-country this year too. It wheelies and manuals like crazy. I'm happier with this bike than I expected to be. My only word of caution is that this bike is STIFF. If your not smooth make up for it with a strong rear wheel. You won't be sorry if you purchase this frame.

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Favorite Trail:   any gravity assisted

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $525.00

Purchased At:   Airbomb.com

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   14"Morphine, 2002 Z1, FSA V-drive cranks & BB, Sun Rhyno-LiteXL wheels, XT rear and Marzocchi front hubs, Conti Gravity Pro 2.3 tires,Easton EA70 Downhill bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chance a Downhiller from Hollis,ME,USA

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2004

Strengths:    Price,bombproof,looks,morphing geometry,ride feel, just about everything

Weaknesses:    If your really weight consious this bike may not be ideal. Also the cable routing is a bit strange

Bottom Line:   
The local dowhill mountain called it quites this year and I'm not man enought to pedal my DH bike through the local trails. I wanted a bike that I could jump, drop, and beat the hell out of but I needed to be able pedal it so I felt a burly hardtail was in order. I looked at Evil's Imp but it seemed too urban/park biased. Sinister's ridge looks great but was 250 bucks more. The morphine feels alot lighter than it is. I'll probably use it for x-country this year too. It wheelies and manuals like crazy. I'm happier with this bike than I expected to be. My only word of caution is that this bike is STIFF. If your not smooth make up for it with a strong rear wheel. You won't be sorry if you purchase this frame.

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Favorite Trail:   any gravity assisted

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $525.00

Purchased At:   Airbomb.com

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   14"Morphine, 2002 Z1, FSA V-drive cranks & BB, Sun Rhyno-LiteXL wheels, XT rear and Marzocchi front hubs, Conti Gravity Pro 2.3 tires,Easton EA70 Downhill bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dan a Downhiller from alex, va, usa

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2004

Strengths:    there is a reason this frame has a perfect score. it is strong, not too heavy, well constucted, has so many setup option.
WORKS like they say it will
bullet proof


Weaknesses:    none at all. the frame is near perfection

maybe too big for smaller rides


Bottom Line:   
if you are 5-8 or taller and are looking for a hardtail fr bike this is the one. super stout construction. perfect geo. and has so many setup options for rider preferrance.
like 5-7 inch forks, ss or multi gear, front der capable, and comes with many extras.

this frame desrives 7 flamin' chilis

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere not to wet

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $395.00

Purchased At:   qbp

Similar Products Used:   24 letoy 3, surly instgator, park bike, others

some come close but none equal


Bike Setup:   150 fr, hadley, x-9, all fr parts
26" front and rear

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Does anyone have the video of the guy on a Morphine doing a huge drop?

I saw a video about a year ago of this guy doing an amazing, HUGE drop on a Morphine. It was on natural terrain, and he travels right to left across the screen. It was very well filmed, too, at what looked like 3/4 speed. It was a great jump and a great video. I can't find it and I'd like to see ... Read More »

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