Banshee Paradox V3 Riders?

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Posted: Jul 23, 2021 at 15:14 Quote
Currently planning out a Banshee V3 build this winter when frames come in (Banshee confirmed they'll be here in same raw and anodized black) and wanting to see what any current riders have going on up front as far as travel lengths go. I live and ride primarily in Michigan and am leaning toward a 140mm Revelation, anything more for local terrain is way overkill IMO.

Any other likes and dislikes would be cool to get the discussion started. What little there is out there seems to be overall very positive (looking at you Steve!) and available frames don't last long which I'm gauging as a good thing. Just curious to see what the word on the street/trail is...

Posted: Jul 30, 2021 at 10:49 Quote
Dirt merchant and demoworkx has phantom frames in stock at the moment.

Posted: Aug 1, 2021 at 9:43 Quote
BrianG98 wrote:
Dirt merchant and demoworkx has phantom frames in stock at the moment.

Man, Thanks so much. Never knew about demoworkx before.

Posted: Aug 2, 2021 at 18:32 Quote
For me, the Paradox V3 has been the nicest riding hardtail since my Moots YBB back in the 90’s. Not a fair comparison, but the Paradox feel is very muted, especially at speed. You’ll still get those lateral hits that remind you it’s alum., but vertically it is smooth and composed. I’ve been riding Pisgah for 30 years, there’s no trail here that puts this bike out of its element. Running 140mm now, climbs fine, no wandering. Nice tall stack puts you in, not on, the bike. So nice to have a bottom bracket height that lets you pedal thru stuff. Only annoyance, and its minor, is the rear IS brake tabs, requiring adapter. Other than that, get one, the thing rips.

Posted: Aug 4, 2021 at 18:17 Quote
2nd summer with my paradox V3 and absolutely love it! I started off with a 140mm Rockshox 35 Gold RL, it was enjoyable. Recently upgraded to 150mm Fox Factory 36, definitely a noticeable difference in the ability to soak up the chatter. I'm also 6"2 - 245lbs so just on weight alone I use up some travel. Another nice piece to look at, that since riding with one I wouldn't go without is the oneup carbon bar.

All in all building a bike is the way to go. It might cost a little more than buying one fully spec'd, but this way you can do your research, choose where to spend and where to save, and mix n match exactly how you want! One piece of advice that I'm sure you've heard already, don't cheap out on the fork with a hardtail...

Posted: Aug 9, 2021 at 7:43 Quote
bainonc1 wrote:
For me, the Paradox V3 has been the nicest riding hardtail since my Moots YBB back in the 90’s. Not a fair comparison, but the Paradox feel is very muted, especially at speed. You’ll still get those lateral hits that remind you it’s alum., but vertically it is smooth and composed. I’ve been riding Pisgah for 30 years, there’s no trail here that puts this bike out of its element. Running 140mm now, climbs fine, no wandering. Nice tall stack puts you in, not on, the bike. So nice to have a bottom bracket height that lets you pedal thru stuff. Only annoyance, and its minor, is the rear IS brake tabs, requiring adapter. Other than that, get one, the thing rips.

That sounds really fun. When you mention the bottom bracket height, what tire size are you running? 29 or 27.5?

Posted: Nov 29, 2021 at 10:15 Quote
How is the build going? Has it started yet?

I built a v3 up last Spring and put on about 1000km over the summer on everything from long treks to double black tech, it truely is a phenominal bike.

Some of my notes from the build are below that may help withyour build.

1. The max tire size rated is 29x2.6" which is what I went for (Minion DHR2). Unless your wheels are very stiff do not go this wide. I got an appreciable amount of flex and rubbing on the chainstays over the summer. I will be downsizing to a 2.4" for next year.
2. This was my first high end hard tail, and I found playing around with tire pressures more impactful than a dual suspension. It completely tranformed the bike. I started at 30psi (where I ride my dual suspension), and eventually got downt to 23psi in the rear with a cushcore which feels great and can handle high speed tech without fear of major rim dinging.
3. Take off the ferrules when threading the rear deraileur cable through the internal chainstay route.... I got one stuck inside and it rattles.
4. Get a downtube protector if you plan on riding fast on loose rock. I had a rock come up and dent the bottom of the downtube. I'm going to add a rubber DT protector this winter.
5. The stack is high, so understand what you want before speccing a 40mm riser bar.

Hope that helps, it would be cool to hear how the build is going.

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