Banshee Prime V3 135mm 27.5+-29 Inch Frame
Who's it for: Riders wanting a versatile, do it all bike that will feel at home on almost any type of trail.
Frame Material: Banshee V3 frames use 7005 T6 aluminium, which is 4.5% stiffer than standard 6061! Jokes aside, 7005 has a 12.9% higher tensile strength, and a whopping 55% higher fatigue strength than the most common bike alloy, 6061.
Intended Use: The Prime is pretty much the epitome of an All Mountain bike. It has the agility and efficiency to make climbing and flatter trails enjoyable while still having enough brawn to dominate on steep rowdy trails. Depending on how you choose to build it up you could make it into a light and agile trail dancer or a burly all-mountain dominator.
Wheel Size: Made with 29" wheels in mind but the modular dropout options also enable you to run it as a 27.5+, or 29+. It can happily run 29x2.6" or 27.5x2.8" rubber but you will require the long dropouts if you want to run 29+ (29x2.8") tyres.
Fork: Recommended for use with a 140-160mm travel fork with a reduced 42-44mm offset but it will work ok with a 51mm offset too.
Shock: This frame includes the Fox Float DPX2 Performance Elite. It is a 185x55mm metric trunnion mount. The lower mount size is 30x8mm.
It will work well with any high volume air shock or a coil shock
Rear-Wheel Travel: 135mm
Linkage Design: The V3 Banshee frames use the refined, KS2 suspension design. This is a co-rotating, short dual-link platform with a focus on control and grip. The start of the stroke is incredibly supple, mostly linear until the sag point. This is where it begins a gradual ramp for mid-stroke support before it ramps up more quickly towards the 85% mark for that final bit of bottom-out support.
Headset Size: Frames include a headset and bearings. They are a ZS44 top, ZS56 bottom.
BB Style: Keeping it simple and easy to maintain without expensive tools, the frames use a standard 73mm threaded bottom bracket shell.
Chain Guide Compatibility: New for the V3 models, they feature a splined, and replaceable ISCG05 plate.
Seat Tube Inner and Outer Diameter: 31.6mm inner diameter, 34.9/35mm external.
Rear-Axle Spacing and Style: These use the tried and true Banshee modular drop out system. So it's up to you if you want Boost or 142mm in either the compact or long options.
Unique Features: The standout feature of the V3 frames, is the 3D forged shock cage. This keeps the shock as far down as possible and keeps the centre of mass super low. This allows for greater high-speed stability, increased ease of initiating corners, and frees up room in the front triangle for a water bottle.
Internally ribbed stays on the rear triangle also drastically increase strength and stiffness.
Water Bottle: You asked and Banshee delivered Full-size water bottle inside the front triangle.
Cable Routing: Dropper post, rear brake and rear derailleur cables are routed internally through the down tube.
Frame Protection: Ribbed chainstay slap protector.
Rear Brake Mount: Part of the modular dropout system. IS160. Frames are tough enough to take up to a 203mm rotor.
Maximum Chainring Size: Not listed, assume 36t as the max and 28t as the minimum.
Weight: Medium anodised black frame including dropouts, axle, seatpost clamp and shock comes in at 3.7kg.
What's in the box: Frame, shock installed. seat clamp. headset cups, bearings and crown race. No hanger, dropouts or axle.
Warranty: Registered frames are warranted to the original owner for up to 2 years to be free of manufacturing and workmanship defects.
Pros: Comes with one of the best shocks around, fantastic geometry, amazing suspension performance.
Cons: It's an alloy frame so there would be lighter bikes out there in this usage bracket if you wanted to cough up for a carbon frame.
NOTE: Dropouts, axle, and hanger not included