Sharing a few pictures of my 2013 spitfire build. I am coming off an older Banshee Rune onto this new bike.
No really an apple for apples comparison as I am running a different frame and different suspension (Fox 36 talas air and DHR air on Rune vs Avalanche product on the spitfire).
I am 185cm tall and have the large spitfire. Running a 60mm stem. It feels a little bigger than the older rune which I always felt a bit cramped on. Very happy with the sizing.
Running the frame in the super slack setting with 140mm fork travel. Nice and stable geometry, climbs well but gets a few pedal strikes as the bottom bracket is fairly low. I am used to riding DH bikes so not a big deal for me to modify my style.
I tried the 160mm fork but in the slack setting it was difficult to hold down the front in very steep rocky climbs, may need to run in a steeper frame setting if you want 160mm fork and steep climbing ability. I prefer the 140mm front and rear setting.
Built up with some DH components. No, I dont have a weight of the bike, doesnt matter to me. The bike is all about having fun, picking lines while not having to worry about breaking something or getting flat tires every ride.
The suspension is super subtle and sucks up small stutter bumps and large impacts. Much better than my old rune, probably a combination of the avalanche coil shock and bearings instead of bushings. I am supper happy about this.
The bike climbs in the 24 tooth chainring with much, much less pedal bob than the old rune. If I was not paying attention I would not really be able to detect it. Big improvement which opens up a wider selection of usable gear ratios.
I am running an XT front derailleur (Shimano XT M785 Top Swing 2x10 Front Mech) and have no clearance issues with the frame, it clears the strut by 3-4mm.
The roller on the chain guide fouls with the frame, I had to trim a bit of the back plate away from the E13 so I could get the roller higher. In the slack setting I am expecting a fair bit of chain rub as the chainstay has a large amount of drop in the slack setting. Maybe Banshee should consider a raised drive side stay like on the turners to avoid this problem.
All in all, I am super happy with the bike. This is the bike I wanted a few years ago when I first bought the Rune. I would give it a 9/10.
Big thanks to Jay and the guys at Banshee.
Frame:- 2013 Banshee Spitfire - size = large
Shock:- Avalanche Chubbie
Fork:- Avalanche AVA fork cartridge with fox 36 talas air outers
Brakes:- XT with 7 inch rotors
Cranks:- SLX with 36/24 combination
Chainguide:- E13 Hemi2
Pedals:- Superstar Nanotech Flats
Stem:- Easton 60mm
Rear Wheel:- Hope Pro II with Mavic ex721 with stans rim strips
Front wheel:- Hope Pro II with Mavic ex721 with stans rim strips
Tires:- Maxxis UST minion front and rear - DH casing
Seat pole:- Rockshox Reverb
Seat:- SDG belair
Rear Derailleur:- old XTR
Front Derailleur:- XT (Shimano XT M785 Top Swing 2x10 Front Mech clears the frame fine)
Cluster:- SLX 11 to 34
**First two pictures are in 140mm fork setting, pictures 3&4 are in 160mm fork setting.
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