Banshee Bikes Scratch Freeride Hardtail

Banshee Bikes Scratch Freeride Hardtail 

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 29, 2017]
PJ from Philippines
All Mountain Rider

Strength:

bomb prrof. will last a lifetime.

Weakness:

too heavy for 2017 standards

its 2017 and i am still using the frame. got it second hand with a 3pc bmx cranks - 1 problem solved. fitted a fireeye single speed mtb hub for the rear and have no trouble. using the aluminum spacers/dropouts as sliding dropouts but not using the allen bolts anymore.
BTW, i fitted it with a 650b/27.5 wheel with 2.1 tire.

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4
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4
[Apr 27, 2012]
Jordan Dorion
All Mountain Rider

Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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

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4
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4
[May 31, 2010]
jarscrew
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

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Scott YZO

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4
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4
[Jul 13, 2008]
andrewthefreerider
Downhiller

Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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!

Best friggen bike ever

Similar Products Used:

2005 Norco Atomik, and a 2004 Norco Bigfoot

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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5
[Jul 07, 2008]
ross_is_special
Downhiller

Strength:

nearly 100% destruction proof
bmx bb
chainstay grind gaurds
adjustable rear axle (happy single speed)

Weakness:

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

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5
VALUE
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5
[Nov 07, 2006]
Stuart
Downhiller

Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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:

Oryx dd66, Banshee Morphine, Norco 4hun

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 17, 2006]
Mike
Downhiller

Strength:

Everything! it is the strongest bike ever, and if you read how i built this tank up you'll be happy. its amazingly steady in the air due to its weight, and you cannot break it!

Weakness:

havnt found any

if you live in toronto and want to do everything from street to dh this is the bike for you

Similar Products Used:

banshee morphine, norco 125/250

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5
VALUE
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5
[Sep 28, 2005]
Chase Winslow
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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Evil D.O.C., Specialized P.1 and P.3, Giant Acid, Giant STP,

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5
VALUE
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5
[Sep 07, 2006]
chris bb
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

Similar Products Used:

none

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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
[Jun 20, 2006]
Tom B
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Burly as hell! This thing eats drops and jumps for breakfast but still rips at the skatepark!

Weakness:

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?

Similar Products Used:

Nothing is similar to a Banshee...

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5
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5
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