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    Thumbs up to Banshee (Phantom content)

    Longer post with more specific ride thoughts over in the 29er forum that's currently besieged by spammers.

    I've always appreciated Banshee for the company's design aesthetics; I think the bikes are beautiful in an industrial porn sort of way. But to be honest, the overall build weights have always held me back.

    That said, I was recently in the market for a short-travel secondary bike to my Santa Cruz Tallboy LT. I was actually pretty deadset on the Evil Following, but certain aspects of the bike turned me away.

    Ended up taking the plunge with a Phantom and am extraordinarily pleased with that decision.

    IMG_0840 by dbozman1173, on Flickr

    The bike isn't light and I didn't bother weighing it. But that's not really the story. The story to me is the incredible handling and real efficiency of the KS Link, even with a relatively low-end Monarch R shock.

    I'm 6'2 with long arms and legs. The XL with a 40mm stem is an absolute perfect fit for me.

    I got out on three trail rides here in Phoenix over the weekend. I've owned a lot of bikes over the years. The Phantom is one of those rare bikes -- the TBLT is certainly another one -- that I can get on and ride comfortably right away.

    Yesterday, I did a 10-mile loop that I commonly do. In fact, I had done it exactly a week prior on my Tallboy. This time, I literally PR'd 25 sections and cut about four minutes off my time. And I wasn't even really trying to go fast. This is on one of our less-gnar routes, couple of very steep climbs, some steeps, some fast chunk, all very rocky, of course.

    IMG_0767 by dbozman1173, on Flickr

    IMG_0768 by dbozman1173, on Flickr

    Because I'm a little obsessive about bikes, three things would make this absolutely perfect for me: an inside-the-triangle cage mount; slightly higher stack; and shaving a pound of weight. That said, this frame is the business.

    And just for giggles, here's a pics of the Banshee stablemate:

    IMG_0749 by dbozman1173, on Flickr

    Thanks for reading. Good job, Banshee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blatant View Post
    I've owned a lot of bikes over the years.
    Understatement of the year.

    I enjoy your reviews quite a bit and always anxious to see what's next. Keep 'em coming!!!

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    Nice write up. I am currently running a Tallboy C with a 140 fork, but looking hard at the Phantom due to it's not-carbon, bombproof, adjustable, shred-oriented nature.

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    No direct experience with the Tallboy, but the Tallboy LT is quite shred-oriented.

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