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Banshee Prime 29er Mountain Bike

Banshee Prime 29er Mountain Bike
$1,725.00 - $9,113.00
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It's been a longtime coming, but the 2013 Banshee Prime is now here and ready to ride! The 2013 Prime was designed around Banshee's new KS Link Suspension and new interchangeable dropouts. If you're looking for a tough and aggressive all mountain 29er bike, then look no further than the new Prime!

The Banshee Prime features 130mm of rear suspension travel, which is on the fly tune-able between Trail, Mid-Range & Aggressive riding w/ the flip of a switch located on the rear Fox Shock. With a wide rear end and adjustable dropouts, this bike can be ridden with up to 2.5" wide tires, giving you the versatility of both trail riding or more hardcore riding if that's your thing. The 2013 Banshee Prime..... The do all 29er bike for everyone!

What do your build kits consist of?  Below is a chart of what each build kit consists of.  Each build kit includes all of the parts for the series from which you have chosen.  Example: If you choose a Shimano XT build kit, the entire drivetrain, including brakes, will be that of the XT series.  Please refer to the following chart.

Shimano Series 10 Speed Build Kits:  
- Crankset & Bottom Bracket
- Cassette
- Chain
- Front & Rear Derailleur
- Shifters
- Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  SRAM Series 10 Speed Build Kits:  
- Crankset & Bottom Bracket
- Cassette
- Chain
- Front & Rear Derailleur
- Shifters
- Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  SRAM Series 11 Speed Build Kits:  
- Crankset & Bottom Bracket
- Cassette
- Chain
- Rear Derailleur
- Shifter (Rear Only)
- Hydraulic Disc Brakes

What if I want specific component(s) that aren't listed as a choice?  Generally speaking, we have access to all components, even if not listed as a choice.  In order to make the build process less confusing for our customers, we've opted to list the most commonly requested components from our past customers.  If however there are any components which aren't listed that you'd like your bike built with, simply call us at 708-448-8260 or drop us an e-mail at, and someone will be able to help you with your request.

Can I mix & match items in my groupo?  In order to keep pricing as low as possible for our customers, all of our groupo's are purchased in bulk as "kits" (ex. XT 2x10, XTR 2x10, X.9 2x.10, ect...) from the manufacturer's.  If you wish to mix components from different series groupo's, we can do so; however you'll lose that bulk discount pricing, therefore if you're looking to simply replace a couple of components with lower grade items in order to save money, it'll generally cost you more to do so.  In the end however, if you ultimatly want a mixed groupo, we can absolutly accomidate your request, but ask that you please e-mail with a full list of components that you'd like to use.

Explain your wheelset choices? Richards Bicycles offers 2 wheelset choices.  The first being stock wheelsets, such as Mavic CrossMax SLR, Stan's Crest/Arch EX / Flow EX w/ Stan's 3.30 hubs, ect.....  If you're not interested in one of our stock wheelset options, you can "I don’t need a wheelset OR building custom below" and simply choose one of our custom wheelsets from below.  

If you want a stock wheelset that isn't listed, we ask that you please contact us.  If you want to customize your wheelset beyond the custom options that are listed, we ask that you either contact us or choose "No, I don’t need a custom wheelset" and then proceed to our custom wheelset builder page, where you'll be able to customize your wheelset choice with much more details. 

What is the build time?  Provided that the frame is available in the size that color that you're looking for, we can generally build your custom bike within 1-2 weeks.  If you'd like to check on frame availability, please contact us.

What is S&H?  S&H for frames is $50 and $100 for customers located in the lower 48 states.  Customers located in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico or internationally should contact us to request a shipping quote.

Is there sales tax?  Richards Bicycles is only required to charge sales tax for IL customers.  If you live in any of the other 49 states, there will be no sales tax.  Furthermore, international customers will not pay sales tax through Richards Bicycles; however you may be charged importing duties / VAT charges upon receiving your frame / bike.  We do not keep a list of rates paid per country, as they change on a regular basis, so we ask that international customers please contact their local customs office to obtain a list of possible charges, as we will not have that information.

29" Wheels The frame can accomodate up to 29x2.5" tires
Adjustable geometry 3 positions with a flip of the chips - Slack and low, neutral, higher and steeper
Short Chainstays
17.4-17.6" chainstay length to optimise weight distribution and make the bike fun and nimble
Taper Headtube 44mm ¦ 56mm   (1.125" zero stack top, 1.5" zero stack bottom) allows angle sets ad tapered forks
Hydroformed 7005 AL tubes Increases strength and stiffness, and reduces weight
ISCG2005 Latest standard in ISCG for chainguide mounting
New KS Link suspension
Optimised suspension kinematics for a fast, efficient and fun ride
Configurable dropouts
Choose between 10x135, 12x142, or 12x150 standards for your rear hub
Front derailleur Compatible Uses SRAM S3 low direct mount system
Full length seat tube Maximum saddle height adjustibility
Internal ribbed stays Increase stiffness for railing burms and holding lines through the roughest of trail sections, as well as increasing pedal efficiency
Aggressive geometry Slack angles paired with frame anti-squat keeps speed going down and the front end planted on steeper climbs
Fully Sealed bearings
High Quality fully sealed bearings used throughout to minimise maintenance required.
Warranty 2 years [original owner]
Crash replacement Lifetime [original owner]


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(measured with a 546mm axle to crown fork)
Size M L XL
Seat tube 445mm   (17.5") 483mm   (19") 534mm   (21")
580mm   (22.8") 610mm  (24.0") 645mm  (25.4")
Wheel Base (Neutral) 1154mm   (45.4") 1184mm   (46.6") 1219mm   (48.0")
Head Angle Low - 67.5°       /      Neutral - 68.0°       /      High - 68.5° 
Effective Seat Angle Low - 75.0°       /      Neutral - 75.5°       /      High - 76.0°     
Seat Post angle Low - 70.0°       /      Neutral - 70.5°       /      High - 71.0° 
BB Height Low - 336mm  (13.25")      /     Neutral - 342mm  (13.5")      /     High - 348mm  (13.75")
Chainstay Length Low - 448mm  (17.6")     /     Neutral - 445mm  (17.5")     /     High - 443mm  (17.4")
Head Tube length 115mm (4.5")
Standover 740mm 755mm 780mm
Max Tire Clearance 29" x 2.5"
Rear Hub Spacing 135x10mm     OR    142x12mm    OR     150x12mm
Head Tube 44mm ¦ 56mm   (1.125" zero stack top, 1.5" zero stack bottom)
Seatpost Dia 30.9mm
Seattube OD 34.9mm
BB 73mm - ISIS 118mm
Chainguide  ISCG 2005
Shock 7.875x2.25" (40x8mm shaft end, 25.4x8mm reservoir end)
Shock Type Large volume air / coil
Suggested Sag 28%
Reach 411mm 440mm 475mm
Stack 633mm 633mm 633mm


Banshee Prime 29er

Banshee Prime 29er