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    PRIME'd

    It's been a long wait, but I can most re-assuredly say that it was well worth the wait

    Received it Thursday afternoon and had it all built up by evening and test rode it around the neighborhood, it felt very nice, very familiar to be honest, despite having a wheelbase 3"> greater than my Paradox. It came set in the "slack" setting and that's what IO first tooled around in, but then I decided I'd prefer the "steep" setting and have been ridng it like that since.

    BB height is over 1.5" higher, chainstays measure 17.6",so longer than the Paradox and despite that and the much longer wheelbase it's as nimble as the Paradox, actually feels a bit more responsive to be honest and that's with the exact same 80mm stem and 750mm wide bars. Have thrown on a 60mm a friend had to just give that a go, but I think it's a bit short, but need to get a proper ride in to test it, thinking a 70mm will be perfect.

    Put these pics and quick thoughts up so I'll have somewhere to come back and update and so you can see just how sweet the Prime really is. So you all know, I'm 6'2.25", 35.25" inseam and this is an XL frame. The thing has a $hit load of clearance, enough so that a friend who's only 5'8" had no issues straddling it.









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    Sweet!
    Grow some food for yourself.

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    wow, that is one nice bike man.

    congrats.

    need a mud/jump pic riiiight now though! haha

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    did you weigh the frame?
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    Frame size?

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    I did think it must be along soon, I hope you have fun on it & ride it hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nevada 29er View Post
    Frame size?
    He's our height. The OP's Prime is XL.

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    Would be interested to hear how much it weighs. I often wish I needed that much bike just so I could get one. It's a beautiful machine.

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    Too much green and sunshine.



    Now with Fox, XTR and Easton.

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    Is the quick release rear drop out the only option, or can you get it with a thru-bolt?

    Looks like a ton of fun and ready to rip.
    Uh-huh, uh-huh. Okay. Um Can you repeat the part of the stuff where you said all about uuhhh, things. Uhh... the things.

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    Nice frame. Am I seeing a 2x9 with no FD? Any reason for that?

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    Right now there are 2 options, 135 standard drop-outs and 150mm bolt on, think the production will have 3 options.
    Quote Originally Posted by Poster Nutbag View Post
    Is the quick release rear drop out the only option, or can you get it with a thru-bolt?
    Looks like a ton of fun and ready to rip.
    Yes, you're seeing right, 2x upfront, 6 outback, no FD because this frame takes the SRAM S3, low mount, bottom pull FD and there wasn't one in stock when I was ordering the additional parts I would need - I don't have XO/XX money, although I did find a deal on a n XO I'll prob get. Not a real PITA, just need to stop and throw the chain up or down, or grind/spin it out if you don't want to stop.
    Quote Originally Posted by prettybike View Post
    Nice frame. Am I seeing a 2x9 with no FD? Any reason for that?
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    Heh, I'm not surprised you ended up with one of these

    This is the nicest Banshee Frame I've seen by far! Very nice bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hillharman View Post
    Would be interested to hear how much it weighs. I often wish I needed that much bike just so I could get one. It's a beautiful machine.
    Currently - in prototype form - the XL frame is 9lbs 10 oz with shock, I've heard the med's are a sliver over 9 lbs. For production they will run around 700g lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    It's been a long wait, but I can most re-assuredly say that it was well worth the wait
    Looks sweet (and stout), LyNx!!

    Why not put a Widgit on there for a nice 1 x drivetrain and be done with it? Probably close to being about the same cost as the special FD needed.

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    Yeah, x9 S3 DM FD is only over 50% cheaper over Widgit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown View Post
    Why not put a Widgit on there for a nice 1 x drivetrain and be done with it? Probably close to being about the same cost as the special FD needed.
    It's not that special - it's just that the front derailleur market is super fragmented at the moment with all the various mounting options and the fact that the 10-speed FDs are matched to chainring size. SRAM has 37 different XO 10-speed front derailleurs and 24 in the X9 line. It must be a nightmare to try and maintain those product lines.

    The FD that LyNx needs is about $78 in XO and $59 in X9. Much less than a Widgit.

    EDIT- duh. Disregard. I've got 10-speed on my brain - LyNx is using 9-speed. It's probably still a pain to track down a specific S3 bottom-pull FD in 9-speed, too.
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    Looking good Lincoln

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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    It's not that special - it's just that the front derailleur market is super fragmented at the moment with all the various mounting options and the fact that the 10-speed FDs are matched to chainring size. SRAM has 37 different XO 10-speed front derailleurs and 24 in the X9 line. It must be a nightmare to try and maintain those product lines.

    The FD that LyNx needs is about $78 in XO and $59 in X9. Much less than a Widgit.

    EDIT- duh. Disregard. I've got 10-speed on my brain - LyNx is using 9-speed. It's probably still a pain to track down a specific S3 bottom-pull FD in 9-speed, too.
    10 speed will work just fine, it does on mine and i have 2x9.

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    For production there will be increased front derailleur clearance and compatibility with more options... working on it now infact!
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    Looks sick. Congrats!

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    Yeah Bruce, not sure exactly if you've tried an abbreviated cassette or not, but with the smallest cog being a 16t going 1X isn't very feasible, so I'll be sticking to a 2X setup. Just swapped out the 38t for a 36T I recently got as I don't have the FD and instead of stopping and changing rings manually I'm trying to pedal the big 38t and I can feel it after the weekend, so the 2t drop should help with that a little.

    FYI if anyone's interested, weighed it today and got 33lbs 5oz as is.

    Also, when a manufacturer tells me there's clearance for a 2.5" tyre, the pics below are what I'm expecting. Way to go Banshee on delivering enough clearance to run a 2.4" tyre like the Ardent and still ride it in the mud and muck without it packing everything up.

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown View Post
    Looks sweet (and stout), LyNx!!

    Why not put a Widgit on there for a nice 1 x drivetrain and be done with it? Probably close to being about the same cost as the special FD needed.
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    10 speed will work just fine, it does on mine and i have 2x9.
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    For production there will be increased front derailleur clearance and compatibility with more options... working on it now infact!
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    That's the best looking FS 29er I have seen.

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    Yeah, I was in-line for one since I found out they were going to be made, been a long 1.5+ years, but oh so worth it Have to agree with you on the looks, not sure exactly why, as Banshee have some nice frames, but the Prime just looks so, so right.
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    Heh, I'm not surprised you ended up with one of these

    This is the nicest Banshee Frame I've seen by far! Very nice bike.
    Hey Dude, missed your comment. It sure looks good, but even better it rides as good as it looks Wishing I could take a trip up there and give it a good test on some of those sweet trails.

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    How you finding the Fox?

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