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Hi guys

Would need your opinion as I have been away from MTB'ing the past 3 years due to an injury.

Have a 2015 Banshee Spitfire v2, I went with the 26" option back then as I was undecided with 27.5". 5 years later, every bike is 27.5 boost or 29 boost.

Am wondering is the bike still relevant to keep the bike and say upgrade the rims and dropout to 27.5"?

How important is it to have boost hubs?

Current parts are below, should I upgrade any of the following or cut my losses and buy a new bike?

Frame - 2015 Banshee Spitfire
Rear shock - Cane Creek DBInline
Fork - 27.5" RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air Forks
Handlebars - Thomson All Mountain Carbon Riser Bar
Stem - Thomson Elite X4 MTB Stem
Grips - Custom Lizard Skin
Headset - Chris King InSet 2
Bottom Bracket - Chris King Bottom Bracket Set
Rim: Mavic XM819 Disc
Front hub: Chris King ISO
Rear hub: Chris King ISO
Brakes - Hope Tech 3 E4
Rear Derailleur - Saint M820 (Medium cage)
Shifter - Saint M820 (Left)
Pedal - Saint MX80
Crank - Saint M820
Chainring - Race Face NW (30t)
Chain - XT HG95
Cassette - XT M771
Seatpost - RockShox Reverb Stealth
Seat - Nukeproof Sam Hill SCRUB


26 for life.
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Still a worthwhile bike.
Boost isn't important, it's just what everyone is making these days.
You've got the fork already, so just lace up some new rims & bolt on some long drop outs. Short will work in the dry with a 2.3 Maxxis Aggressor, though you'll have access to a lot more new 27.5 tyres with the long ones.
Your stem is on the long side these days too.

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Totally agree with what has been stated above. I’m still riding my V2 spitfire (though am building up a current edition Rune so what follows is a hypocritical opinion). I think the older Spitfires are incredibly versatile and capable bikes and are still super fun. Thanks to Keith’s forward thinking it will be easy for you to move up to 27.5 wheels if you want and you could even use a Works Component adjustable headset to slacken the heat tube angle if you want to move closer to “modern” geometry. I think the big gain is most new bikes is the steeper seat tube angle which makes climbing more comfy, but even that has been contested by some. I say keep it and ride it til it dies.

*edit* Based on your burly build, I would consider trying a newer piggyback shock. I couldn’t believe the difference between my Xfusion shock and the Fox X2 w/climb switch that is currently on my bike. Very big difference in traction and comfort at speed.

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Man that is a sweet rig. Where you able to ride it this summer with all of the covid and the wild fires? I have a Yeti sb66c and an Ibis HDR. Thinking of getting a V3 Spitfire to replace the IBIS. The ibis is beautiful but the sizing is weird and I could use something that climbs better. Best of all I could grab some 26 dropouts for the Spitfire and just move all of the parts over.
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