Banshee Paradox 29er Review

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Key Specs:

  • with 120mm fork, BB height is 12.4 inches, Head angle is 69 degrees
  • chainstay is 16.8 inches
  • weight is 2050 grams or 4.52 lbs
  • price for the frame is $600

Description:

This is not your typical 29er hardtail. Most 29er  hardtails  in this price range are steel, comfortable frames that can be matched with a short travel suspension or rigid fork. They flex here and there and deliver a comfortable ride.

Well the Paradox is different. It is a hammer with a 5 inch fork up front. It is responsive and aggressive on the rear and slack in the front with a 69 degree head angle and a 5 inch fork. It is design to carve, jump and scoot around singletrack or the pump track. The ‘Paradox’ name is fitting for this flickable 29er.

This review will just focus on the frame. There are many ways to build up this bike and our bike was built up quite heavy and burly, ready for some serious downhill action. We swapped out a lot of parts and made it our own blend of light All Mountain flavor. So we’ll just make comments on the frame and leave the build to your style.

Strengths:

  • it’s not just another 29er hardtail
  • fun, fun, fun
  • it’s an incredible value at $600 for the frame
  • built like a Banshee – stiff and durable
  • flickable, nimble, and carves corners
  • designed around a 120mm fork
  • accelerates like a rocket
  • climbs and descends equally well
  • extremely stable and confidence-inspiring handling
  • versatile – can be built up in a variety of ways to suit any type of AM/trail riding

Weaknesses:

  • low BB at 12.1 with 4 inch front travel and 12.4 inch with 5 inch travel
  • rear tire clearance is tight
  • ride is stiffer than most 29er hardtails
About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • rockhop says:

    12.4″ BB height with a FIVE inch fork?! Don’t buy if you live hear in the NE. Best ride that on those buff trails like in the pic!

  • greg says:

    yea.. thats pretty much a west coast thing there … bad mud clearance and a low BB = east coast failbike.. My voodoo has 13 7/8 with a rigid fork..

    Its a neat looking frame but no place for it over here…

  • What's your point? says:

    The Paradox’s BB height with a 5″ fork is 1/4″ taller than an Eastern Woods Research sled (26 or 29) with a 4 inch fork.

  • francois says:

    What is east coast thing?
    :) Right on fellas. Definitely useful feedback as we here in the West definitely have smoother and flowier conditions.

  • Pulsepro says:

    I have a Paradox with a 120mm Drake, and the BB measures 12.1 inches. I ride in Massachusetts. The lowish BB height took some getting used to, but the stability and carving-ability it affords are undeniable.

  • CJ says:

    I think the BB comments are missing the point and unrealistic. I am with Pulsepro on this one. Most will run a 2 chainring setup on this type of bike with a 34-36 tooth big ring & granny and you’ll have enough clearance and gearing for 99% of most situations.

    It’s a 29er for all mountain and enduro riding not XC. Check out Banshee’s home turf it aint buff and flowy around Vancouver it’s burly and technical wet and rooty and oh MOUNTAINOUS…

    I think it’s a great frame and a refreshing take on the 29er hardtail.

    • Lumberjake says:

      Agreed. I get a laugh reading all the east coast is so much more rocky and rooty compared to the west. Sure., if the west is only California! I would bet my local BC trails are more rocky, rooty and technical than most east coast trails. Just have a look at any photos or videos of Vancouver trails, we have big trees and big rock and big drops so please don’t say the west is all fire road glory single track because I rarely run into that.

  • Tim from NY says:

    I saw Pulsepro’s Paradox do fine on techy New England terrain -when I could rarely follow on my 5″ dually 6er!

    Good point CJ too!

  • jon says:

    Not intending to criticize here, but curious…The over shooting on the turn in the pic makes me wonder how flickable that bike actually is. I mean that is way off.

  • Francois says:

    >>Not intending to criticize here, but curious…The over shooting on the turn in the pic makes me wonder how flickable that bike actually is. I mean that is way off.

    That is a good point :). That turn is actually tricky as it is flat and powdery in the center. Then it berms up a bit and the grass is solid. I think the best line is just touching the grass a bit. I think I overshot a couple of inches but I have never leaned a bike there that well in the summer.

    fc

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