Every legend has an origin. This particular Legend began nearly 10 years ago in the mind of engineer Keith Scott. What started out as a relatively simple college project evolved into one of the most intricate and well thought-out DH frames on the market. At first glance, the Legend may look like just another downhill bike, but look deeper and you'll find it's anything but. Over 60 pre-production Legend MKI frames were ridden and tested on the world cup circuit, national races, and regional competitions across the globe. This generated a tremendous amount of useful feedback, allowing Banshee to fine-tune this frame over time. The end-result is the 2016 Legend.
New for 2016, the Legend has been reworked from the ground-up to utilize 27.5" wheels. Banshee didn't simply slap on a larger rear swingarm and call it good. Changing a bike's wheelsize requires a complete overhaul to do it right, which is what Banshee has done. The top tube has been lengthened, the head angle dropped to 63°, and linkage kinematics have been tweaked. The chainstay has only been lengthened by 0.1", and the BB height raised 0.1". This helps to keep the lively/playful nature that this bike has always touted.
The suspension design for the Legend was engineered based largely on ideas from the VPP design, originally co-patented by Santa Cruz and Intense. Many VPP bikes use a relatively high shock placement in the frame, which is not always ideal for downhill bikes. To keep the bulk of the weight low on the Legend, the rear shock is integrated into the lower half of the downtube, keeping the weight as low as possible. The result is an ultra low center of gravity, providing outstanding handling and cornering characteristics. Banshee stocks the Legend with a 9.5" x 3" shock, providing 205mm of plush, bump-devouring travel.
As with all Banshee bikes, the Legend is backed by a two-year limited warranty, and lifetime crash replacement policy. Please note, Banshee frames and bikes may only be shipped within the United States.
- The legend is now optimised to use 27.5" wheels
- A new tube set not only increases strength and front triangle torsional stiffness by 5%, but it also creates a cleaner merge with the shock basement forgings, and improves compatibility with the tube for integrated frame bumpers from ODI
- Linkage kinematcs have been improved to work more optimally with modern DH race cassette ranges while slightly reducing pedal kickback
- Internally ribbed seat and chainstay for optimal DH race stiffness
- The super stiff fully forged shock cage equalises loading where the highest forces from the rear shock and links take place