Banshee boldly claims that the Rune ‘defines’ all-mountain riding. With updated geometry and a well thought-out spec list, our expectations were high. But just how would it measure up on the trail?
The Rune has had an update for 2016. It still accepts either 26in or 650b wheels, but the front end is 20mm longer and the head angle is half a degree slacker in each of the three geometry settings, selected via chips at the rear dropouts.
Banshee’s proprietary KS Link dual-link suspension design delivers 160mm (6.3in) of highly active rear wheel travel, controlled by a RockShox Monarch Plus shock. Frame features include a tapered head tube, 142x12mm bolt-through back end and ‘stealth’ dropper post compatibility.
Banshee’s KS Link suspension design delivers 160mm (6.3in) of travel, controlled by a RockShox Monarch Plus
Shimano’s new XT M8000 11-speed transmission is already a favourite of ours and was a welcome sight on the Rune, where it delivers dependable and accurate shifting. (Please note, Shimano builds may not be available depending on territory.)
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