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    Banshee alternative?

    I have really been eyeballing the Banshee lately, and love the idea of the really short chain stays. However, I really would like a little less travel, say 100mm, and probably don't need such a beefy/heavy build. So what else is out there that is similar yet different? I would want geared only, traditional drop outs. Has anyone tried running a 100mm fork on a Banshee? Probably not, but thought I would toss it out there. Oh, I would need an XL with a TT of around 25.25 or so I guess. Thanks.

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    If you look at the geometry table, it shows both 5" and 4" (100mm) so I don't think there would be any issues with running the shorter travel fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    If you look at the geometry table, it shows both 5" and 4" (100mm) so I don't think there would be any issues with running the shorter travel fork.
    Thanks, yeah, it looks like a 100mm would work. Just wondering if it would change the spirit of the bike, or just transform it a bit. I do like a quick, but not nervous handling bike, and at 70 degrees, it shouldn't be too quick. This frame just seems very fun. So, no other options out there?

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    Doesn't Canfield have a "all-mountain" hardtail? Maybe I'm thinking of something else, might be worth looking into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RookieBeotch
    Doesn't Canfield have a "all-mountain" hardtail? Maybe I'm thinking of something else, might be worth looking into.
    Similar numbers as the Banshee...but made with steel

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    The nimble 9 has sliders, the OP wants traditional geared dropouts.

    How about a Pro29 with a 100mm fork? you can get one with geared drop outs. Or maybe Soul Cycles?
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    if you like short chainstays you check into lenz bike they are known for having the shortest....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjcools
    The nimble 9 has sliders, the OP wants traditional geared dropouts.

    How about a Pro29 with a 100mm fork? you can get one with geared drop outs. Or maybe Soul Cycles?
    Yes, those are beautiful frames, but a lot more than I want to spend. It just seems like bang for the buck, the Paradox is the way to go. Thanks everyone, some good ideas. I have been really digging the AIR9 for a long time as well. Too many bikes, too little money!

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