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I'd go for the Chap since it has Lifetime warranty and well its a Banshee so its virtually bombproof.
 

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10 year warentee there comtbiker12 :p

I've owned a stinky and put down enough time on a chap to say that even though they look similar they ride nothing alike. I highly recommend the chap to you, especially with a romic. The bike pedals very well, very nimble, perfect freeride/trail geometry. It feels exactally like a "mini scream", id feel confident enough to take it DHing, its a very nice bike. Go with the banshee.
 

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Close enough...

You gotta figure with my bikewhoreness there's no way I'll own a bike mroe than a season or two anyways....
 

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Bike Whore 4 Life!
 

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fanfare said:
Which frame is tougher? Coiler/stinky frame ... or Banshee Chap?
banshees are much prettier.... :) lol go for the banshee... suuuuper strong and great customer service... lots of compliments at the dh parks too haha ;)
 

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Bansee specs

I was just looking at the Chap specs vs the Scream specs. I see the diff in angles/components ... but what about the frame? Banshee says the chap is a 'scaled' version of the Scream ... but not a huck bike ... is that due to the geometry ... or is the scream frame more durable?

Trying to figure out which bike to buy is turning out to be a full time job... ;)
 

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fanfare said:
I was just looking at the Chap specs vs the Scream specs. I see the diff in angles/components ... but what about the frame? Banshee says the chap is a 'scaled' version of the Scream ... but not a huck bike ... is that due to the geometry ... or is the scream frame more durable?

Trying to figure out which bike to buy is turning out to be a full time job... ;)
Not sure if i'm right on this but my understanding is that that's just how the frame is designed, to be a great all arounder that will support the abuse of drops and jumps and such but still be light enough and have the angles to be pedallable for xc. So all in all it comes down to what youre looking for and what types of riding you'll be doing. I mean if you're gonna be doing a lot of riding and want to be able to pedal it uphill regularily without being brutalized too much then unless your'e going fo rmonster drops by all means go with the chap, but if you're planning on doing lots of dh and shuttle runs as well as big drops and stunts or even decent sized stuff but you think you're not smooth enough to go for a smaller bike then definitely go for the Scream.
 

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fanfare said:
I was just looking at the Chap specs vs the Scream specs. I see the diff in angles/components ... but what about the frame? Banshee says the chap is a 'scaled' version of the Scream ... but not a huck bike ... is that due to the geometry ... or is the scream frame more durable?

Trying to figure out which bike to buy is turning out to be a full time job... ;)
scream travel = 5.4" - 7.9"...weighs 13.5lbs

chap travel = 4"-5" / 5"-6" unless it is an XS frame size, then it only gets 4"-5"...weighs 9.5lbs

I'd say the extra 4lbs of frame probably carries over to durability
 

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10 year warentee there comtbiker12 :p

I've owned a stinky and put down enough time on a chap to say that even though they look similar they ride nothing alike. I highly recommend the chap to you, especially with a romic. The bike pedals very well, very nimble, perfect freeride/trail geometry. It feels exactly like a "mini scream", id feel confident enough to take it DHing, its a very nice bike. Go with the banshee.
well i feel the same way about the kona stab 6" frame that you do about about the chap. i dh it , drop it and dj it. a also have a dh and dj bike, but im trying to get better right now riding one bike for everything. the kona chassis handles 12 foot drops all day. i passed on a 15 footer in the springs but only because i was an idiot and was using a quick release seat post clamp that was hitting the rear linkage. i think in the hands of a smooth rider the kona stinky chassis can drop 20 feet. i would say about the same for the similar weight chap frame. i have a 2001 kona so i have a ten year warranty like the chap and thats why i would recommend the chap over the 04 stinky. i kill on the stab well for an old man but the kona is my style of geometry and i love the sizing of konas. but for the price the chap has a killer warranty, great shock and is built to last. the only way to really justify getting a kona over the chap is to buy a used stinky, stab etc for like 350-500 bucks.
 

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Here we go again.

Waiting for Bulldog to chime in and start crying "2 lbs heavier".............
 
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