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    2014 Banshee Prime

    Are there going to be any changes to the 2014 prime?

    Where's the cheapest place to buy a Banshee Prime (I'm in California, so I wouldn't want to buy it from a CA based webstore-taxes).

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    I've been looking at new and used Primes.
    I have Legend as a DH bike and that frame is BURLY.
    I'd expect similar durability and longevity from a Prime.
    I'd have no problem buying a used Prime frame or complete bike based on my experiences with the Legend.
    There's a used XL on Pinkbike:
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    Norman, you definately need a new bike. . .

    Do you do the CX races in Bishop?

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    I wish I could ride a large:2012 Large Banshee Prime 29er - Pinkbike

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    CX?
    No way.
    That's like working and not getting paid.
    Maintaining borderline cardiac arrest while panting like a pervert is not the way I like to start my weekend mornings.
    Can't have any feelings of guilt encroaching on my beer consumption and affinity for lift assisted runs at the bike park.

    I got to ride a Lg Prime. It felt small. Beautiful frame. Stout. Looks like you could hand it down to your grandkids. I'd need an XL. I wouldn't build it light, I'd just gear it for climbing and run durable parts.

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    I don't have a "stable" of bikes, so I need a do-it-all'er. I ride up-hill and down.

    Right now I'm a much better climber than dh-er so I'm hoping that a Prime or Covert-29 will allow me to do both well.

    Wish there was somewhere within a 250 miles I could demo both!

    I'm also in need of an XL.

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    The only real changes for 2014 to the Prime are different colors, (Red, Raw, or Ano Black) and the addition of the Stealth Post routing hole, and the water bottle bosses on the down tube. There are some great deals out there on 2013 Primes if those changes are not that significant to you.

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    How set are you on the 2014. Jenson has some XL in stock, so even with taxes, it's still a decent deal no?

    Banshee Prime Frame 2013 > Components > Frames > Mountain Bike Frames | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop
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    2014 Banshee Prime

    Glad I got a yellow '13 before the color change.

    Anyone have a picture of the new red color?

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    Is the CC worth $200 more???
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    Quote Originally Posted by unrooted View Post
    Banshee Prime 29er Frame - RBikes.com

    $1320 w/fox
    $1520 w/CC double barrel

    Is the CC worth $200 more???
    Have you called and checked stock? I know they didn't have much when I stopped by looking at a TransAM a few years ago even though they listed online.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AOK View Post
    Anyone have a picture of the new red color?


    Taken from here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joemosq View Post
    The only real changes for 2014 to the Prime are different colors, (Red, Raw, or Ano Black) and the addition of the Stealth Post routing hole, and the water bottle bosses on the down tube. There are some great deals out there on 2013 Primes if those changes are not that significant to you.
    Must be more changes than that.
    Not enough room for a water bottle on my large Prime even if there was bosses.

    Ahhh just saw the picture.
    Can't see the point of bosses all the way down under the DT near the BB. Bottle covered in filth and impossible to get to while riding, no thanks.

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    Hummm... I've never had a red bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TR View Post
    Can't see the point of bosses all the way down under the DT near the BB. Bottle covered in filth and impossible to get to while riding, no thanks.
    Camelback? Yeah I agree though. Those are pointless.

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    I ended up buying a new 2013 prime xl in raw w/ a CC DBair CS from RBIKES.com for $1570 w/shipping.

    I'll put an X-fusion trace on it, cc 40 hs, and the other parts come from my current ride; hope/flow ex wheels, reverb, 760mm bars, ardent 2.4 Exo tires, 1x9 gearing.

    I'm guessing she'll weigh 31 lbs, which I may be able to trim off a half pound come summer, but that'll mean 2.25 tires. . .
    195 lbs-6'4" Banshee Prime XL
    Ride Mammoth, Tahoe & Vegas

    PLEASE GIVE ME NEGATIVE REP!

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    Pity for ending the yellow on the prime, would have been my undisputed first choice in the spring.

    On the red frame, some posts above, it looks that the DT is hydro/air formed and no gussets. Is this also a change to the 2014 model?

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    I know that the hydroformed dt was planned for the 2014s. It will save little weight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoorlen View Post


    Taken from here.
    Bottlecage on a Prime ?!?!?!!!... naaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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    I recently asked a retailer about when the 2014 Prime would be out and I was told that Banshee may not be making them anymore. Supposedly the Phantom is going to take it's place. Does anybody know any more about the end of the Prime?

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    Hey guys. Thinking about selling my Prime. Just don't get to ride it enough anymore.

    Here is the link to it!
    Banshee Prime Large LOADED! - Buy and Sell and Review Mountain Bikes and Accessories

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    Quote Originally Posted by masonmoa View Post
    I recently asked a retailer about when the 2014 Prime would be out and I was told that Banshee may not be making them anymore. Supposedly the Phantom is going to take it's place. Does anybody know any more about the end of the Prime?
    I'd find a new retailer if I were you I doubt the Prime is going anywhere anytime soon, unless for a longer travel version...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin+M View Post
    I'd find a new retailer if I were you I doubt the Prime is going anywhere anytime soon, unless for a longer travel version...
    I hope you're right because I'd like to pick one up later in the year, but dude I spoke with said Banshee didn't have very many orders for Primes last year which is why the '14 frames haven't come out yet. He said they may put a few out later in the year but their hope was to phase out the Primes and only make Phantoms. I'm coming from a Niner WFO and was looking forward to something a little more slack but still super burly because I'm a big guy. Maybe I'll try asking another dealer because I'd really like one in the near future. The stealth black really caught my eye.

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    My dealer says there is one medium black frame available. All others are showing 120 days out estimate. So who knows...

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    Well, i personally think that it could be true that the prime gets discontinued. In germany the primes (2013) sell for 799€ (~1100 $) with shock ... and there are minor changes to the 2014 that would justify nearly a 50% discount.

    I still like riding my prime and will ride it for at least 1 or 2 more years, but tbh when i would buy a bike today i really dont know if i would buy it again or getting something like the speci enduro.

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    I can't really imagine a better bike than the Prime I already own.

    I just installed some raceface NextSL cranks 32t NW ring, Renthal Carbon Bars, a wolfooth 42t GC, and upped my Pike to 160mm. With that the weight is at 30lbs flat, with wheels that have withstood plenty of shore/whistler/local abuse. The bike pedals great and the geometry works well for XC riding (when I do that).

    There's no allure to me on the Enduro- $6k more than my Prime and not even 1lb lighter. Plus its a specialized.

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    Hum, seems a bit weird to me, can't see them dropping the Prime, but if for some strange reason it's a bit much for a lot of people, maybe the Phantom will sell a lot. FYI, Jenson has 1 XL left in Ano Black Banshee Prime 29" Frame 2013 > Components > Frames > Mountain Bike Frames | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Hum, seems a bit weird to me, can't see them dropping the Prime, but if for some strange reason it's a bit much for a lot of people, maybe the Phantom will sell a lot. FYI, Jenson has 1 XL left in Ano Black Banshee Prime 29" Frame 2013 > Components > Frames > Mountain Bike Frames | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop
    Thanks Lynx. I saw that bike at Jenson. I'd buy it, except I don't want the Fox shock. I need a piggyback shock and these days only run CCDBA's on my bikes and even if I sold the Fox, when I factor in the cost of a new DBA and sales tax it's not worth it to me. I called Trident today and they have some raw '13 frames for 15% off that I'm thinking about. Dude there also said the demand for Banshee's 650b bikes have taken priority as far as production is concerned and the Prime is on the back burner for a bit. If the new frames start coming out in 4-5 months that would be perfect for me actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Hum, seems a bit weird to me, can't see them dropping the Prime, but if for some strange reason it's a bit much for a lot of people, maybe the Phantom will sell a lot. FYI, Jenson has 1 XL left in Ano Black Banshee Prime 29" Frame 2013 > Components > Frames > Mountain Bike Frames | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop
    I've been eying that frame for a while now, sitting in my cart, and just can't commit somehow lol. Maybe if it drops under $1300 I'll scoop it up although I'd prefer yellow for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkey View Post
    Well, i personally think that it could be true that the prime gets discontinued. In germany the primes (2013) sell for 799€ (~1100 $) with shock ... and there are minor changes to the 2014 that would justify nearly a 50% discount.

    I still like riding my prime and will ride it for at least 1 or 2 more years, but tbh when i would buy a bike today i really dont know if i would buy it again or getting something like the speci enduro.
    GOSH !!
    I got to sort another frame as future replacement, is such a great bike!!

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    ...anyway I think Prime deserves 6" rear travel !!

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    Uhm... if the plan was to ditch the Prime, why the Phantom has been designed with only 105mm of travel? IMHO if they want to keep only one 29er in the lineup a 120mm-130mm model makes more sense (to compete with Tallboy LT, Ripley, Stumpjumper FSR and other wagon wheeled trail bikes)

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