Banshee Bikes Wildcard Freeride Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

  • Adjustable geometry: Go from Freeride to Bike-Park to suit your riding environment
  • Adjustable travel: Go from 6.5" to 5" to suit your style
  • 1.5 headtube: Strength and versatility to use zero stack or adjustable headangle cups
  • Hydroformed 7005 AL Tubes: Gusseting formed into the tube for added strength with less weight
  • ISCG2005: Latest standard in ISCG
  • Full length seat tube: A neccessity for freeriding where you need to pedal up before bombing down
  • Internal ribbed stays: Increased stiffness for railing burms and sticking landings
  • Front derailleur compatible: Campable of using multiple setups from chainguide, to dual ring w/bash guard

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 16, 2011]
Roberto (Betão)
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

geometria acertada para o tipo de uso, 6,5" para Freeride, urban, longas pedaladas e 5" para Dirt. Quadro extremamente forte.

Weakness:

Eu não vejo nada de fraqueza neste quadro. Se analizarmos o peso talvez seja um pequeno problema, mas pedalando ela se comporta como um DODGE de tão macio e a segurança do quadro é espetacular

A bike é muito boa para quase tudo como diz seu nome. Tem limitação no all mountain pois é pesada, mas um rolé de 20km se a trilha não for de muitas subidas vai bem.
Uma delicia descendo escadarias mas nada competitiva, pura diversão.
Em trilhas de freeride a bike esta sempre a mão e sua geometria agressiva da muita confiança, vá sem medo, mas se puder dar uma aliviada na aterrizagem ela pousa macio.
É a minha bike atual e seria melhor se fosse tamanho P, pois tenho 1,72m mas mesmo sendo um quadro grande o selim desce muito facilitando manobras.

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[Feb 20, 2011]
schlockinz
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stiffness of the frame, awesome platform for the shock, ability to choose rear travel, the fact that it climbs better than my 2008 stumpjumper FSR

Weakness:

Weight (its overkill for most of my riding)

This is the most fun that I've had on a mountain bike in ages. Running a 2x9 setup, this thing is able to climb better than my 2008 FSR stumpjumper, the shock platform doesn't bob too much and gives me good traction. The stiffness of the frame, and the geometry in general has made me a better handler in the corners and on rocky descents. I'm just in love with this frame, it takes stronger legs to push than my XC bikes, but the grin factor more than makes up for that.

If you're looking for a good overall bike that you can do extended rides with, jump, free ride, and still ride XC (if you so wish), then this (or a Rune) would make an excellent choice.

Buying the frame new is pricey in my mind, but getting it off of ebay made this bike a real value for what it is.

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Stumpjumper FSR

[Jun 27, 2010]
Ninja Cougar
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Reasonably light frame, adjustable rear travel (127 and 165 mm), really low standover. About as all purpose as is possible

Weakness:

Could be a touch lighter (but it is a really genuinely strong freeride frame.) Paint could be a little more durable

Bought this as all round bike to take to Whistler. Liam's main interest is in dirt jumping, and ultimately slopestyle, so it's a perfect bike for him. The Pikes are great for dirt jumping, with the 127 mm rear travel setting; but could do with some longer forks for downhill, and making use of the 165 mm travel.
It's Awesome.
Buy one.
Thank you for reading.
Love from Liam.

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Kona Howler - a little lighter and better for dirt jumping, but doesn't have the rear travel of the Wildcard which makes it awesome downhill.
IronHorse Sunday - obviously better downhill, but that's all it's good for.
The Wildcard fits in the middle, so great when you can only take one bike.

[May 12, 2010]
amrayo
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Nimble, rails the corners, relatively light, super fun geometry, very low and maneuverable, versatile and can handle climbs as easily as descends and drops. cool team color scheme (B&w)

Weakness:

powdercoat paint chips easily, 30 mm seatpost does not suit all adjustable seatposts
The combination of DHX5 Air with the frame is problematic if you use the 6.5" settings & your weight is over 90 Kg (Better go with the spring option...)

The bike is the ultimate all-rounder, it climbs well and can even handle some XC riding, but it really shines when you get some "air-time"
the Wildcard just asks of you to try and find it's limits. i am still looking... (and doing so - improving my riding)

to sum it up in three words: FUN FUN FUN

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[Mar 22, 2010]
Tomas
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very stiff, short seat Tube 15", 2 posisions of frame travel 125 and 165, Good shock Fox DHX Air 5, 1.5" tube for steerer, long seat tube.

Weakness:

lillte bit heavier, good design, high probability to be stolen :)

Good frame, i dont have it long time, but for now i have not problems with it.

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[Nov 02, 2009]
MartinS
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Solid and fun, cornering is a gas, rides like a full suspension BMX bike

Weakness:

Rear derailleur cable routing could be improved.

A really fun playbike, my first ride was UPS/Porc Rim and it was perfect for that trail, I was in love with the bike.
My local lift area got hammered with early season rain that made it a lot rougher than usual though, and I did find that the Wildcard got overwhelmed there - a Scythe would have been much more suitable - so I didn't use it as much as I would have liked during the summer. This fall I started to use it more and really began to like it a lot for smooth curvey DH runs, it is really flickable and leaves a smile on your face.
My dilemma now is that I need a Scythe for chairlifting - I was going to sell the WC as it didn't really suit my personal needs, nothing against the bike, I just need something bigger for my local hill, but now I really dig it again for my local shuttle runs...

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Nothing similar personally...

[Jul 21, 2009]
soyaninja
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Capable at many riding styles, allows versatility as regards to rider set-up, jumps ok, takes flat corners very well.

Weakness:

Cheap quality fabrication, cheap paint, bearings too tight so poor small bump sensitivity, doesn't work too well with a DHX 5.0 air for dh use.

My time so far with this bike has been fraught with problems unfortunately. Mine has a slightly misaligned ISCG tab and some weld splashes around the bb area, only aesthetic problems, but it generally manifests a pretty poor standard of welding all over, although I acknowledge my frame may be a unique case in this regard. The paint also chips/scratches very easily which is a shame.

I bought this frame as an in-between replacement for my short travel dh bike and hardtail. Of course it doesn't ride dh as well as a dh bike or jump as well as a hardtail, but its quite competent at both, notably for how well it takes flat corners in dh trails - but its not so good for railing berms as the bb is pretty high, 14.85" in the 6.5" travel setting with 160mm front travel, a bit lower for the 5" travel setting which is better for faster stuff, but still took some getting used to having to throw it down really hard into berms.

Small bump sensitivity is also an issue, you can really feel the ground a lot, I find myself forced to pump and jump a lot now to help make the bike work for me as it just doesn't roll too well, but as my Domains aren't too hot for small bumps either, the front and rear suspension is at least nicely matched! I think this problem is caused mainly by how tight the bearings are, the linkage doesn't move freely, despite having reduced the torque on the bearings. This problem isn't a major issue whilst riding though, it just results in me having knackered legs before any of my mates.

Due to the above issue, dh is a no-go with the DHX air's Pro-pedal ON, the suspension just completely locks out under braking if its on.

I do like the fact though, that I can set this bike up to jump well and shred dh hard too and it 'feels' the same to ride for either style, so no getting used to two bikes anymore - which allows me to just concentrate on progressing!

Overall, this bike has taken me nearly a year to start liking, my experiences with it were very mixed at first, but now I really like it and finally feel confident on it too - definitely the longest 'adaptation period' I've ever had with a bike though!

(-1 value rating for me getting a faulty frame)

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[Jun 29, 2009]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The Mango colour is super striking and really stands out! For me, this was my first 'big bike', and I find the bike super stable, plush and capable of doing really big things. It's my first "big" bike. I've set it up with dual chain rings, so I can still ride it up hill too. Really love the soft/plush feel when going over gnarly terrain and love how it pre-loads for jumps and drops.

I ride a small frame and it really is girl friendly. I'm a 60kg and 166cm tall weekend warrior princess ;-)

Weakness:

Ran my cables up the rear stays and through the rocker arms to avoid taking them round the bottom bracket and front derailleur. If running a front derailleur, it's quite cramped on the small frame and you must check that the rear arms don't take it out on full 6.5" travel.

I'm a girl who has progressed from XC riding to wanting to do more things and ride over rougher terrain and obstacles. The Wildcard has opened up a lot more possibilities for me, including doing black diamond downhill runs at Mt Buller and Thredbo! I love the way it feels and gives you confidence that you can ride over anything, without necessarily having the skill! :-) It's a tough bike and while a bit heavy, certainly not too heavy for me to lift into the shuttle ute! I'm loving it.

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[Jun 26, 2009]
Lars M
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Super allround'er. You can do anything on this bike.

Weakness:

Hmm..hard to find any.

I have this bike, as my do-it-all mountainbike. I use it for downhill/freeride and xc/trail-stuff.
I have two wheel-sets, and a long and a short seatpost.
It's not super light as an xc bike , but light enough for climbs, and stiff/strong enough for freeride.
It handles amazingly well in tight singletrack. I mostly use the 5" travel, and can still hit rockgardens pretty hard. It's very to move around in the air, and can take hard landings.

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[Jun 26, 2009]
tribesman
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This bike was so easy to start riding hard with no real "get used to it" thing happening,just get on it and ride.low standover makes it easy for us short in the leg people,handling is great in both flowey trails and even in the tight single track.strength is second to none with help when your pushing the heavy end of the scales.Dealer support is great having a comitted importer with spares is important to me, when i break something i dont want to wait to get shipped a hanger or pivot bolt.

Weakness:

no real weakness, but i now see the 09 frames come with 30.9 seat post for all mountain posts and also have quick release seat post clamp ,allen keys are a PIA on the trail

This was a fun bike had her just under a year, rode evey thing from trail riding with the family to downhill days .
Packed her up for two weeks in New Zealand with heaps of gravity and free ride days ,even rode 150km rail trail with my wife and daughter through central otago with ease.
As a do it all bike it may be alittle heavy for the xc/epic days,but on single track and any gravity runs it is bloody fantastic how quick it sprints up to speed and inspires confidence in your riding.I am truly sorry to see her go off to someone else,i hope you enjoy riding her as hard and often as i did mate.......because now i am riding her bigger SISTER!!!!!!! F*** yerh......09 white BANSHEE SCYTHE first run was insane,arm pump white knuckle ride have not been faster but still feel stable and centred,will review after a few more shuttles.

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