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Definitely a Banshee, can see the head badge and the tubeset is classic Banshee. Looks like a 29er, I'd wager a long travel replacement for the Prime
 

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Water bottle cage IN the front triangle=WIN!
 

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Interesting...
 

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uh.. If that's the future i'll miss the beautiful linearity of actual KS link.....going in the mass of rotating links, hoping is not for just accommodating a water bottle!!!!!
I'd rather like a similar to YETI design, keeping direct swingarm push and bottle room.
 

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Had to turn the pic a quarter and ... whaaaaat?!?? New frame? Whaaat? Waterbottle in the frame ... whaaat? Internal cable routing ... whaaat?? :yikes::yikes::yikes:
Well - I think I like it a lot, as it still has many of the Banshee trademarks!
There´s still interchangeable dropout-option, external cable routing, plus added internal routing - well done.
Not sure if this can be called KS-Link anymore, because the shock is now linkage-driven instead of direct driven by the rear-triangle. The good thing about vertical shock design is that super low center of gravity and yep ... room for bottles, swat-stuff and what not. The lower mini-link looks much shorter than the previous one and the complete linkage/bb-area screams durability and stiffness. :thumbsup:
 

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Wow I need more info... I was thinking about selling my Warden to buy a 29er and the Banshee could be THE one!! Just need a raw one :p By looking at the rear suspension, do you think it will be plush? Pedal well? If both answers are ''yes'' and the geo is not too extreme, I would be really interrested!! :D

Where this picture's coming from?!
 

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Hope it is somewhere between 145/160mm rear and 160/170 front. Raw, 150/160mm of plush travel, climbs relatively well and normal geo (nothing too low, long and slack) would be a dream come true for me!

I hope we'll have news soon cause I've got some bikes that I want to demo and if I fall in love well... I will not wait a year or two just in case! :(
 

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Oh man....can't wait to see the specs on this! I'm all for keeping the current travel unchanged but I wouldn't care if they added 0.5" extra. Even doing lift runs I've never felt like I needed more travel.
 

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Intriguing. Can't say I'm excited to see a linkage-driven vertical shock, but if Keith designed it, my expectation is that it will pedal very well. I've been wondering what Banshee has been cooking up as it has been kind of quiet for a while. I was thinking a Prime with a 1" increase in reach and maybe the ability to take a 3" tire could be my last bike. But we will just have to wait and see what this latest creation is!
 
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