Canadian boutique frame builder, Banshee, has revealed its new long-travel 29er, the Titan.
Banshee is renowned for its downhill capable trail and enduro bikes, all made in aluminium, and featuring the brand’s KS-Link suspension.
With the Titan, a lot has changed. The longest travel 29er that Banshee had previously made, was the 135mm Prime. With its Titan, rear travel grows to 155mm.
To accommodate this new 29er suspension design, Banshee has completely reoriented its rear shock placement. There is now a rocker arm which actuates the shock, housed just ahead of the seat- and downtube junction.
Banshee’s new suspension system is called the KS2, which features a 3D forged shock cage. This has allowed Banshee to isolate and absorb suspension forces which work on the shock mount and place the damper in its lowest possible position within the frame.
The Titan frame features internal cable routing and an integrated chain stay protector with ridge pads. Modular dropouts allow riders to adjust the Titan’s geometry and the rear triangle has massive tyre clearance, for 29+ rubber.
Geometry numbers tally a 65-degree head angle (which can be slackened by half a degree with those modular rear dropouts) and in a size large, you’ll have 470mm of reach.
The Titan is designed to conquer highly technical descents and Banshee recommends running a 170mm fork up front, to best balance its 155mm of rear suspension travel.
Other specification details include a 31.6mm seat tube and a 73mm threaded bottom-bracket shell, which should appeal to those riders who are easily annoyed by any creaking from their cranks. The claimed frame weight, with a shock, is 3.9kg
Banshee is positioning the Titan at €2299 for a frameset, which includes a Fox Float X2 performance shock. Available sizes are medium, larger and extra-large. Colourway options are raw, anodized black and red.