Long Chainstays... hear me out. Front ends are getting longer, and agreed it is awesome, so awesome that I have upgraded my size to a large Phantom moving into the 2021 season (watch for that review). But rear ends have been slow to accommodate to the changes for fear of flickability issues. I will say this out loud.... giving up a little bit of that for better cornering traction and better climbing stability/traction is well worth the extra 15 to 25mm out back. Being and feeling more central and balanced on your bike means you do not have to move your weight round as much to maintain front and rear wheel traction. An ideal characteristic at the end of a long day when you and your brain are tired and not working properly anymore.
Additionally, for trail riding the “longer, lower, SLACKER” trend is not always the answer. On my previous medium Phantom V3 I learned that the 66 degree head angle allowed me to keep a lot of balanced weight over the front end to provide traction to match the back-end. Flat corners were unmatched on that bike... but I think I can get more. The Titan and Prime both had 450+ rear ends and Banshee offers a long dropout kit to add 10mm to the rear end. Primarily to run 29+ tires, but in my case it will bump the rear end up to 455, which is right in the ball park of two of the most trail Huggie and stable rear ends I have ever been on to date.
So, watch fo this Spring time review of the Banshee Phantom V3. I spend a season on the medium, and as down country bikes go that one was hard to beat. If your idea of fun is fast, flow, and working for your speed... she is your bike. In moving up to the large I am looking for additional high speed chunk stability and with a longer front end to start taking this machine to vertical trails normally reserved for bigger travel bikes.... because I am very confident it can handle it too!
Balance yourself out.... see you out there!
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