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    Time to add another Banshee or two to the stable

    Getting newbikitus. Looking for opinions from my fellow Banshee abusers, attached are a few videos (can only post one at a time evidently) of what I typically ride, I'm doing them on a Paradox and a Prime. I'm getting old, I'd like to trade in the Paradox for a full squish, I was thinking Phantom, but do I really need a Prime and a Phantom? Then I thought hmmm, 27.5 Spitfire? Do I need a Spitty and a Prime? Sell the Prime also? Build a Spitfire and a Phantom?? I climb a lot of this chunk too, everything I can anyway, and although I don't show any I also get into some higher speed tight and twisties. Rune??? Or, in your opinions, am I adequately biked with my Prime? Thanks guys.

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    Low and slack.

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    From watching your videos, I think the Prime might just be the best frame for you. A shorter travel frame will be more responsive, the same with a 650b bike, but they will not cover you as well in a "oh shit" moment. They will also be a bit more wearing on you over time even though they weight less, as it seem you like very rough trails. Also as we get older, having a bit more cushion is not a bad idea.

    BTW I have been a similar dilemma as you. But have alreadr ruled out 650b bikes (spitfire was considered) and I have eliminated the Phantom as well. Currently looking into the Prime and the Transition Smuggler, but I am leaning toward the prime currently.
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    Yea tough one.

    I went from the Prime to a Spitfire, and for me that's been a good change, I think mainly due to my height (175cm)- the smaller wheels are just a bit easier to throw around corners and off things, which is the nature of our trails locally.

    It's not really a game changer though. it's more like I magically shrunk my old prime by 10%.... which is exactly what I was going for.

    Not a bad problem to have!

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    I know this is a Banshee forum, but have you considered the Canfield Riot? It's a plusher, more nimble Banshee Prime.

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