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    Banshee Wraith v Trek Session 7 v Gary Fisher 1

    After riding hardtails for ages now, I've finally decided I wish to experience full suss plushness. With XC duties taken care by my Planet X Compo I looking for summat more gravity orientated, although nothing stupid. Don't want to spend a vast amount so I'm looking at past models rather than '07. The three I've found are the Banshee/Mythic Wraith from Freeborn http://www.freeborn.co.uk/shop/bikes...-complete-bike, a '05 Trek Session 7 from Evans http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=5499 and '05 Gary Fisher 1 from Lex's Cycles http://www.lexs.co.uk/acatalog/GARY_..._1__2005_.html.

    Of the three the Wraith offers the shortest travel (5") but weighs in at 32lbs, which gives it that all mountain rideability. Not sure about the spec tho, particularly the Manitou Black . The Trek might be too much bike for me, being set up for freeride, which isn't quite my intention. I'm certainly not hucking nada, but want to hit jumps and bumps and drop offs hard(ish). I also don't want a tank, and the Trek seems to be more that 40lbs. The Gray Fisher has the highest spec, and also doesn't seem to be over built and heavy, but again wondering if it's too much bike for. That said I don't want a bike that too close to my XC hardtail.

    Not sure where to jump now and would welcome any advice. The Banshee offers the most sensible option, but the Trek the least, with the Gary Fisher coming somewhere inbetween. The Banshee also offers a little novelty/exclusivity over the other big brands. Help

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    I own a Session 7 as my freeride bike and can honestly say that it is not something you want to spend a day pedaling on. It does pedal great for a freeride bike...just not what it was intended for. Mine is a large and weighs in at 44lbs with tubeless set up. It's great for jumping and some downhill but I have a Heckler to take care of trail duties.

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