2013 Banshee Rune, Prime and Spitfire – three bikes that should be a scream on the downhills!

Banshee make no bones about it – their bikes are made for ripping downhill, and pedalling back up is just a necessary evil. That doesn't mean they weigh a tonne, it's just that stiffness and handling take precedence over gram shaving. Designer Keith Scott describes them as “downhillers' trail bikes”.

Now back in the UK under their original name* thanks to Ison Distribution, Banshee have three new models for 2013 – the 160mm-travel Rune, 140mm Spitfire and 130mm Prime 29er, all of which look pretty sorted to us. Check out the photos to find out more.

With its compact frame and ample standover, the Prime doesn't scream

With its compact frame and ample standover, the Prime doesn't scream “big-wheeler”

Based in Canada, designed in Scotland, welded in Taiwan and ridden all over the shop, Banshee bikes have gone global! Picture by James Costley-White

Based in Canada, designed in Scotland, welded in Taiwan and ridden all over the shop, Banshee have gone global!

All three frames come with a choice of Fox or Cane Creek air cans. Picture by James Costley-White

All three frames come with a choice of Fox or Cane Creek air cans

The bikes use Keith's own KS Link virtual pivot point design. Picture by James Costley-White

The bikes use Keith's own KS Link virtual pivot point design

Adjustability is the name of the game out back – swap the two black chips to alter geometry, and choose between 10x135, 12x142 and 12x150 dropouts. Picture by James Costley-White

Adjustability is the name of the game out back – swap the two black 'flipchips' to alter geometry, and choose between 10×135, 12×142 and 12×150 dropouts. The chainstays are short, and internally ribbed to boost stiffness

Banshee offer a two-year warranty on their frames, and a lifetime crash replacement scheme. Picture by James Costley-White

Banshee offer a two-year warranty on their frames, and a lifetime crash replacement scheme

The Spitfire is Banshee's 26in-wheeled trail weapon. Picture by James Costley-White

The Spitfire is Banshee's 26in-wheeled trail weapon

Features include a tapered head tube, ISCG-05 tabs, cable guides for a dropper post and clearance for up to 2.5in tyres. Picture by James Costley-White

Features include a tapered head tube, ISCG-05 tabs, cable guides for a dropper post and clearance for up to 2.5in tyres

Want to give 650b wheels a go? A quick change of dropouts allows both the Spitfire and Rune to take the in-betweener hoops. Picture by James Costley-White

Want to give 650b wheels a go? Swap the dropouts and both the Spitfire and Rune can take the inbetweener hoops

Speaking of the Rune, here it is. As with the other two bikes, it'll only be available as a frameset in the UK. Picture by James Costley-White

Speaking of the Rune, here it is. As with the other two bikes, it'll only be available as a frameset in the UK

Here's a closer look at the virtual pivot point suspension setup. Picture by James Costley-White

Here's a closer look at the virtual pivot point suspension setup

All three frames cost US$1,999 / £1,489.99 with a Fox Float CTD shock. UK buyers can upgrade to a Cane Creek DBair for an extra £85. For more info, including geometry and weights, head to bansheebikes.com or www.ison-distribution.com.

* Banshee Bikes have been sold under the name Mythic in Britain since 2006 because High Street chain Halfords trademarked the name when they launched the Carrera Banshee.

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