Banshee Releases the Enigma, an Alloy Hardtail Built for Versatility

Sep 22, 2022
by Keith Scott  
Banshee Enigma

PRESS RELEASE: Banshee

Banshee have just released the Enigma, the playful younger sibling of the much-acclaimed Paradox.

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Featuring many of the same interesting details, but in a more compact package designed around 27.5" and mullet builds, the Enigma is designed as a fun do everything hardtail.

Banshee Enigma

The Enigma can be set up as a mid travel 27.5 (140-160mm 27.5” fork) or as a short travel mullet (100-130mm 29” fork). The versatility of this frame really makes it stand out, from all day epics to hitting local jumps and pumptrack, the Enigma can span it all.

Banshee Enigma

Built from 7005 T6 alloy using custom hydro-formed tubes for torsional stiffness where you want it, and FEA optimized 3D forged yokes and dropouts that deliver noticeable vertical compliance on harsh hits and vibration absorption, the Enigma delivers an almost steel like ride feel in a lighter package with greater lateral stiffness.

Banshee Enigma

Banshee Enigma
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Sizes: S, M, L

Fork Travel range: 140-160mm 27.5” / 100-130mm 29”

Rear Wheel size: 27.5x2.6” (max)

Frame material: 7005 T6

Weight: 2.2kg (4.9 Lbs) Size Medium - Frame only

MSRP: $1099US / $1499CAN / €1049 / £949

(Frameset includes pre-installed headset, rear axle and seat collar)


Banshee Enigma

http://www.bansheebikes.com/enigma


91 Comments

  • 112 0
 Pictures never do these frames justice. The first time I saw a Spitfire in person my jaw dropped. Absolutely beautiful frames Banshee is putting out.
  • 39 0
 1000%

Banshee has ways been a top pick for me. So much attention to the details. Keeping aluminium sexy.
  • 3 0
 I had a V2 Spitfire in red and it was an eye-catcher for me from the first moment I opened the box. Tubing, welds. Pure fetish. And it was really hell of a bike!
  • 4 0
 I've owned two Spitfires, brilliant bikes, and two Runes. Banshee have excellent customer service and make great bikes. This looks amazing and I'd love one but £1k for a frame is steep in my eyes
  • 30 0
 Beautiful lines, especially the toptube
  • 6 0
 I agree. I’ve got a Spitfire V3 and the top tube is so nice. Somehow they split a single tube at the back end of it and then hydroform it into that wishbone shape. Super clean looking in person.
  • 4 0
 @Dyceman: Had a V2 Spitfire and it was hands down my favorite bike..
  • 2 0
 @nyhc00: mini DH bike of its time, it could do anything
  • 15 0
 Us tall folks like 27.5 too @bansheebikes
  • 6 0
 Yes! Where's the XL?
  • 2 0
 If it makes you feel better, the size small says "under 5'8". I'm 5'2. That's a very big difference and would probably need an XS
  • 9 0
 Love banshees! I've owned a Titan and still own a Paradox and a Phantom....but not exactly sure where this bike would fit in TBH......HTA @ 63.5 seems like it would be better served with a longer fork, the Paradox is designed around a 120-150 and it sits at 65.

The only real difference I see is a slacker HTA, slightly shorter CS, lower stack and designed around smaller wheels.

With that said, I want one.
  • 3 0
 My hardtail has 130-140mm fork and a 63.5 head angle and it’s great fun (a 29er not 27.5 though). It’s good to see modern shorter travel bikes with decent geometry. They’re finally realising that not everyone who doesn’t want/need a big travel bike might not want their short travel bike to have XC geo.
  • 8 0
 Its interesting how Banshees full squish bikes are somewhat known for their long chainstays (the Titan is 452mm with the "short" dropouts).

Yet their hardtails have quite short chainstays (418mm for the Enigma, 425mm for the Paradox).

Not drawing any conclusions from that, I just find it interesting, as they're pretty much at opposite ends of the spectrum for their full squish, and hardtail offerings.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, that’s the first thing I checked, good on them to see the value of having short chainstays on a bike made for fun.
  • 10 0
 Damn those machines pieces are gorgeous!
  • 9 0
 Banshee bikes are awesome, great craftsmanship. I own a 2021 Rune . Love it
  • 1 0
 100% agree with you. I'm on a Spitfire and I love the thing.
  • 1 0
 Same here. Bike is crazy!
  • 8 2
 I was just riding my Darkside yesterday thinking how fun it is, but is due for an update...hoping it's in the queue, but this one is a beauty and great price, as expected from Banshee!
  • 5 0
 i came so close to pulling the trigger on a darkside years ago. always thought it was a sweet looking bike that would be a bike park killer
  • 1 0
 Love my Darkside and i ll never sell it, too much soul. I wish they'd release and updated version, longer reach but i am not too optimistic.
  • 2 0
 @DuelingBanjos: Same, and I have the same problem with the reach...seeing this one only up to size L (albeit longer reaches) makes me worried about them not doing an XL if they do a new darkside.
  • 2 0
 @ccrida-pnw: I am getting one tomorrow if they extend the reach on L to 460 or so.
  • 4 0
 Sick hardtail. I'd love to replace my 2009 26" Chromag Samurai (it's for sale if you're interested) with one of those. I had a Banshee Chaparral back in the day, and that thing was a beast. Don't see them as much on the east coast any more and that's a shame.
  • 6 0
 Should have done a throwback and called it the Banshee Morphine. That thing was a beast.
  • 7 0
 nice of them to name a bike after me
  • 5 0
 I'll just wipe up the drool off my desk, hold on. Also I like the external routing
  • 6 0
 If only they could do the same thing on their full suspension! The worst part of my Titan is the internal routing!!
  • 2 0
 @Timo82: Agree, gotta give props to Transition bikes for doing everycable internal except the rear brake for ease of swap.
  • 1 0
 @mateosan100: Yeah at least the rear brake! I really hate that but on this bike, the Titan, the problem is for all the cables...derailleur and dropper post too, everything rattles and then with foam after 1 month something has moved and the rattles are back once again. 2 cables with foam on a tiny little hole in the frame is not fun at all if you have to take your dropper out...I was so mad, I was thinking or either getting a f*cking Sram AXS derailleur or just sell my bike! haha
  • 1 0
 @Timo82: Have a titan as well (absolutely love it). Cable routing is not my favorite, but after setup with some foam it's been dead quiet. My bigger gripe is the machined "covers" for the ports. They can rattle, but easy to solve with some tape. Definitely not that big of a deal.
  • 3 0
 the ride quality of my titan was unmatched. if i had gotten along with the geo more id probably still have it. but i concede that the aluminum construction used by banshee feels better than any other frame i’ve tried.
  • 2 0
 That's a beautiful hardtail! Love the lack of branding and raw finish, they really let the tube shapes show. Now, the only thing I don't get about it is the super short 418mm chainstay length coupled with the long front end and high stack. But then maybe that's why they called it an Enigma.
  • 1 0
 Owning a Paradox V3 myself, I cannot say enough good things about Banshee!
A superb frame design & construction provide a unique package which guarantees great uphill and even better downhill performance.
For me, Banshee has completely redefined the Hardtail-game!
The Enigma strikes to me as another awesome addition to an already outstanding bike portfolio.
  • 1 0
 That is gorgeous. Ride a Spitfire V2 which I love but hankering for a replacement to an old tired 26" hardtail that I ride a lot on local trails. Normal inclination is to mix it up in terms of brands and was thinking Ti 29" hardtail, but that is so lovely a mullet Enigma might be on the wish list.
Anyone know if they're offering colour options?
  • 1 0
 I'm new to this forum, but FWIW I swapped all the components over from my steel Ragley Blue Pig to this frame a couple months ago, and I found this one better in every way. It's more compliant, lighter, and the handling is more intuitive at least for me. Climbing is better, down is better....that's all I need, haha. Love it. I've tried it as all 27.5 and also as a mullet, and I haven't decided yet which I like better.
  • 1 1
 Geometry of their M looks on par with my BTR Ranger in size L (of which I've chosen for a shorter seattube). Short chainstay, moderate (by modern standards) reach, slack head angle. Loving the way it rides, pretty sure this one must be a blast too. The swoopy lines look pretty. Not sure about what they mean about how the forged yokes are going to help with bump absorption. As for compliance I understand you can play with the stiffness of the construction, but how can you tune absorption? Either way, pretty nice that they went with forged yokes rather than CNCd. I love forged stuff.
  • 5 1
 God forbid we ever get a goddamn dedicated Banshee forum around here.
  • 1 0
 We're waiting for you to start it.
  • 1 0
 Just ordered the enigma. I'll start the forum when the frame arrives so I can share the build etc.
  • 3 1
 Pump tracks, dirt jump . So it has 26 inch wheels ? 70 degree HTA ? I can also DJ and pump tracks with my full squish. Why would I ?
  • 2 1
 Ya I don’t know when we decided every hardtail is good for pumptracks and DJ but I don’t agree. Maybe if you just casual hit it now and then with the kiddos but otherwise nah.
  • 3 0
 I can absolutely see myself replacing my Meta HT AM with this frame and continue to run 27,5. Frame looks sexy AF!
  • 2 0
 I’m on a Chromag stylus, and been thinking the same
  • 2 1
 I always think I want a Banshee but then I look at the geo charts and am nervous how short they are. This looks more normal to me. Good job!
  • 2 1
 The headtube and stack height are pretty high for the size small, enough that I wouldn’t consider it. Even on the medium it’s kinda tall
  • 6 1
 @artistformlyknowasdan: tall front end is nice n comfy for pedaling. You don't have to run a bunch of spacers if you like a high bar, which reduces reach further. You don't have to run a goofy looking riser bar. And when you're pointed into some steeps, that high stack feels great.
  • 1 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: High stack/tall head tubes is a new trend in geo. My current bike has the longest head tube I've ever owned and it's not a problem at all. Also has the steepest seat tube angle I've ever ridden and I suspect these two measurements are there because they work together to bring the rider in a specific riding position (centered between the wheels but without oo much pressure on the hands).
  • 1 2
 Based on my current setup a 120 is too tall, removes a lot of flexibility with bar height putting you in a corner with stem stack and bar raise. Simply no need for that tall of headtube on small size.
  • 3 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: That's what I though too, but turns out riding the actual bike is a completely different thing than guessing how it rides from the numbers.
  • 2 0
 @greenblur: Exactly! I had 2 Knolly Warden before my Titan and it was so low, didn't like that especially when braking (super low anti-rise so was nose diving). I f*cking love the tall end of my Titan, better for jumping, steep descent and even climbing as it is a lot more comfy!!
  • 3 1
 Nice name. Sadly, it doesn’t look like a single speed.
  • 3 0
 Very nice indeed..
  • 2 2
 Nice very nice. But lacking the multi position drop outs that are THE most attractive feature on Banshees for me. A mini mullet of this would have me drooling....
  • 2 0
 That annoyed me too. I've got the old wheels off my Rune that would be perfect, except they're non-boost.
  • 1 1
 Respectfully disagree. I love a mini mullet but wouldn't apply the concept to a hardtail. IMO, if it needs a 140mm+ fork, it can benefit from the rollover of 650b. I can feel that difference even on my 150mm FS.

But the modular dropouts would still be a great hardtail feature. Width options, plus they could do sliders for SS.
  • 1 0
 @AndrewHornor: check out my old Surge. 140mm HT mini mullet. It was my perfect don't all HT. I only got rid of it because I got the Scout. I would happily buy another.
  • 2 0
 @naptime: looks fun (I almost bought one of those once, maybe should have)! Would love to take it for a rip.

There's a recent pic of my mini mullet Altitude in my mobile folder Smile it's feeling like a bit too much bike at this moment haha.

I stand by my opinion but it's all good - our ideas of what's fun don't have to align in the slightest.
  • 1 0
 @AndrewHornor: Altitude looks awesome fun! I wish I could MM my Scout but BB is super low allready..
I still think aboot MM & SS'ing it with some tiny cranks but I need it for a trail bike at the mo :/
  • 3 0
 This is a rad bike.
  • 2 0
 Holy shit that looks good!
  • 1 0
 Pet hate - "versatility".
  • 5 0
 Why own one bike when you can own five bikes
  • 1 0
 Hard truth is, a bike that’s kinda good at everything is also kinda bad at everything.
  • 3 6
 I'll start by saying this is a beautiful bike. Its probably bombproof, and I bet (knowing Banshee) it rides really, really well.

I love aggro hard tails. I have one of my own. But I don't get the point of this bike. If you want a hard tail, either you want a featherweight carbon frame to match your lycra or you want something cheap, rowdy, and somewhat unique. Steel fits the bill so much better than aluminum. A good steel frame probably weighs close enough to this, is cheaper, is easy to get custom sizing/geo, and has that magic steel feel. You can even get titanium frames that will be lighter and keep the steel lateral flex, and at the same time being super exotic without being exotically priced.
  • 4 6
 A good steel hardtail is probably about 1lb heavier than this. And will be more expensive if it's anything decent. And will be less resistant to crash damage if it's a comparable weight. And won't last as long (assuming both have been properly manufactured).... So yeah, absolutely aluminium is a great choice for a hardtail.

I say all that having spent a long time thinking about building good hardtails, and riding a very nice steel one myself.
  • 8 0
 @Tambo: How will this aluminum last longer than a well built steel frame?
  • 4 2
 @Tambo: what a load of bullcrap
  • 1 0
 IDK, I ride SS and want something decent quality and price and weight and I don't like carbon for durability and environmental reasons. Right now, would definitely consider getting a Honzo in aluminum instead of steel to save $100 and some weight, but wish there were more alu SS 120-140mm options out there.
  • 3 0
 @hamncheez: rust. Simple as that.

@bentonfraser: just because it's not the answer you expect, doesn't mean it's wrong. We need to get past this hurdle that steel or ti are the only materials for a hardtail.
  • 2 0
 A bit of a leap for you to include "and somewhat unique" as a blanket criteria for everyone getting a hardtail that isn't ultralight/carbon. "cheap, rowdy" I agree with and that can absolutely be steel or alu. Personally I'd take steel if all else equal but in reality probably alu for the weight... Maybe.
  • 2 0
 I know 2 guys that have one and read a lot on those Paradox and they all say it is so well built, it is super comfy! A lot lighter, doesn't rust and a good steel frame is the same price or more, not less?! Titanium frames have always been around 2600-3000$ minimum, so about twice the price of this one....so as much as I would like a titanium frame, it is way too expensive for me.
  • 3 0
 @Tambo: Well that depends on where you live. Rust is unlikely to ever be a problem for me especially with a frame that has been treated. But if I crack an aluminum frame, repair isn't an option but on a steel frame it is. So where I am I'd say steel is going to last longer.
  • 1 0
 @93EXCivic: Fair point about the rust. Heat treatment is a hurdle for aluminium repair for sure, but at least the frame is unlikely to have some sort of oily gunk or e-paint inside the tube that will contaminate the weld.
  • 2 0
 I have a Chromag stylus, and I honestly kinda want one of these. Not even sure why, I love my stylus, but this thing just looks so perfect. Was very close to buying a Rune about 6 months ago but went with a Transition Scout instead and I'm glad I did.
  • 2 0
 @Tambo: my Curtis am frame is 2.2 kg. Mind you it’s a different calibre frame than most steel. I’m personally not a fan of aluminium hardtails. Like the bit of compliance quality steel provides.
  • 4 0
 @mikelee: I switched from a titanium Kingdom X2 to an alu Ragley Mmmbop. Noticeably more comfortable and compliant and way more fun to ride. The X2 felt rigid and exhausted me (looked cool though). Long story short: It's not the material but what the manufacturer makes with it IMHO.
  • 1 0
 Endless epics on the Enigma... Yes, my eyes turned as I spoke that line.
  • 1 0
 Love my phantom, would have preferred adjustable dropouts on a paradox tho
  • 1 0
 Please make the Titan in size XXL already!
  • 1 0
 Looks fun, banshee make bloody good bikes.
  • 7 10
 "FEA Optimized" just means they used a computer, which I hope they also used on the rest of the bike. Engineering + marketing bastard lingo makes me cringe, and I can say that as an engineer dating a marketer
  • 23 1
 I'm not sure it means the "just used a computer". Unless you can do FEA in Microsoft Excel or Paint or something?

More like...and engineer sat down at a computer with engineering based programming, and engineered a bike himself. Which isn't always the case for every bike!

As an engineer that may seem like pretty low hanging fruit, but can your marketing girlfriend run a FEA analysis?
  • 6 0
 @privateer-wheels:

This. I've got a buddy who's job is selling, and training people how to use FEA software, and he was describing it to me a while ago. And from the sound of it, lots of engineers reach out to him for after sales support/etc. So I personally probably wouldn't say its just "designed with a computer".

Quick translation from my buddy for anyone who doesn't know the terms:

CAD (Computer Aided Design):
Basically designing the shapes, and how things fit together. Think really fancy google sketchup, where you make the actual design "blueprints", and how things fit together.

FEA (Finite Element Analysis):
Models how much the designs materials flex/deflect/deform under load. So the engineer can put virtual loads on the design, and see if its working the way they want. Its how companies design the amount of flex into the rear triangle, or make sure the head tube won't rip off when you hit a huge jump.
  • 2 1
 I agree; nowadays FEA optimised should certainly be the basic standard. Nothing special about it
  • 4 2
 @privateer-wheels:
My wife works in marketing (specifically strategic and crisis communications) and I have background in applied mathematics specifically FEM and honestly her work can be harder than mine. Sure she doesn’t understand the functional analysis behind finite element methods (99% of engineers have no clue either) but I could not handle the constant stress of her job. All work is honorable homie, no need to put someone down because their profession requires different skills than yours.
  • 4 0
 @topherdagopher: I'm not putting anyone down at all. Cross pollination between marketing and engineering, specifically FEM/FEA is rare. I think it's pretty safe to assume 99.9% of people in marketing can't draw up a hub in CAD, and then run FEA. Likewise, there are many engineers who don't have the skillset for, or care to take a marketing role. That is just fact - I am in no way putting down one profession or the other.

Clearly the OP and yourself are in a bit of a different situation, where you are an engineer and marketing couple, or you're shacked up with a marketing person in an engineering field with engineering backgroud, but that is a minority.

We'll rewind to my original point. The OP trivialized the FEA bit. I don't think that's fair, as not all bikes undergo FEA. The guy who wrote the article is an engineer to the best of my knowledge, and he though it important enough to note. And having seen FEA being run myself, I think it's pretty interesting stuff that I certainly can't do!
  • 6 1
 @privateer-wheels: Some maniac probably has done FEA in Excel...
  • 1 0
 Enema
  • 1 0
 Instant ejaculation





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