So right now I'm riding a Transition Covert, which appears to be cracking. So it looks like I may be back in the market for a new frame pretty soon here. What I'm looking for is a 6" travel bike that can be pedaled but still take some abuse.
My riding style is pretty much "all mountain" or whatever you want to call it. I don't mind a bike that is a little beefier but I still need to be able to pedal it all day, needs to be able to handle 6 foot drops to smooth trannies, jumps, skinnies, rock gardens. Basically I need a bike that can do it all, and not break under my 230lbs. I'm not looking for a superlight AM bike but we usually have to suffer through the climbs to bomb back down the descent.
The Rune looks like a good choice, but after the Covert which also seemed like a good choice I'm not sure. I don't feel like I rode the Covert out of it's design parameters though so maybe that is just back luck, or a bad weld.
from the sounds of it I think the Banshee Rune could be the perfect bike for you. I personally rode one all last summer in many different situations from all day epics to north shore rides and multiple days in the Whistler bike park. I weigh approximately 230lbs and ride quite aggresively and I had no issues with the Rune. The weight on my large frame was 7.2 lbs without rear shock and 8.5lbs with an Evolver ISX 6 air shock. The complete build for AM riding was 31lbs and for bike park with heavier wheels, cranks and fork it was 35lbs.
Hope this helps!
I agree with NVman..
Just built up my Rune recently..
This bike feels stiffer and climbs better than my old Covert.
Rune Gold Anodised Frame.
Fox DHX Air 5.0 shock
Fox 36 TALAS Air fork
Mavic Crossmax SX Wheelset (da bomb!!)
Gobi Golden Saddle
FSA Orbit Extreme 1.5 headset with reducer cup
Monkey lite bar
XTR stuff here and there...
SRAM X.0 cogs
SRAM X.9 RD
Kenda 2.1 rear tubeless
Scott Stroke 2.35 front slime conversion
TIME ATAC XXX pedals
TOTAL WEIGHT: 30.7 lbs!!
More pictures of my Rune here at FakawiTribe.com
Double-metric mtb man
How is that DHX Air working out, Fakawi and how heavy are you?
SO far so good.. the propedal is a bonus during the climbs..
I'm a clydesdale (or here in Malaysia we say Buffalo) at 200lbs..
Very nice looking build! Under 31lbs is great. Look forward to reading a review once you get a bunch of miles on it.